Business & Tourism Creswick Inc.

Garden Lovers Weekend 2018

This annual community event, now in it's fifth year, is organised by Business & Tourism Creswick Inc. All profits are used for local Creswick projects. We invite you to visit the scenic, historic Central Goldfields Region of Victoria and see an array of diverse private gardens, iconic commercial gardens and nurseries, and more.

This year's event will be held on:

Saturday 10 November, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 11 November, 9.00am to 4.00pm

Private garden entry: Adults $5 per garden; children free.

Online bookings can be made at Trybooking

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre,19-21 Victoria Street, Creswick, is the venue for collection of all tickets and maps, community garden, displays and more. There are two ATMs in town, but no EFTPOS facilities at the venue.


Visit and enjoy six diverse private gardens and chat with their creators, including large country gardens, backyard and courtyard gardens:


This pretty courtyard garden started on a very steep, overgrown, factory block. So steep that, lately, the owners were finding it difficult to manage. They decided to have the garden re-designed and landscaped, or else they would have to move. They are very pleased with the result. There are new steps and level areas of wooden decking with balustrades. There are also user friendly, sunny, level vegetable gardens. The patio with mosaic floor is unchanged, as is the water garden and fountain, while the hanging herb wall baskets are now painted brightly. There is a bug hotel and a fairy house. Metal sculptures and birdbaths feature throughout.



The lovely garden at Charnwood’s sloping three quarters of an acre is set out for meandering. Fourteen years ago when the current owners bought the property it was basically a house on grass. What was a cypress dominated front garden now contains a mixture of native plants and crab apple trees. The developing camellia walk at the side of the house opens up to the rear garden where paths lead to areas of discovery blending mixtures of native and exotic plants. A long wattle hedge bordering one side of the property shields a productive potager garden featuring vegetables, herbs, fruit trees, berries and bee-attracting companion plants. A recently completed board walk at the bottom of the garden winds through large mature gums under-planted with small native plants.



This beautiful garden is 2.5 acres in area, and is situated on a gently sloping block of land with a northerly aspect, and is sheltered from the cold southerly wind in winter. Over a period of twenty years, it has been transformed from a bush block to a garden displaying a mix of native and deciduous trees including, oaks, liquid amber, maples, etc. There is a small vegetable garden protected in a netted area which also encloses cherry trees. Raspberries and some citrus trees have been planted alongside this area. Three fish ponds and some statuary make a walk in the garden a pleasant experience – often in the company of visiting kangaroos. Several seats are at random locations in the garden, making for an enjoyable rest.

Mon Repose


Noonameena is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘resting place in the bush’, and this large 3/4 acre country garden is certainly relaxing. Enclosed and protected by pittosporum hedges, the garden is a visual delight – with a mix of native and exotic trees, shrubs, roses, fuchsias and perennials. There’s also a beautiful fernery and an ornamental dam surrounded by graceful weeping willows. The dam is a haven for native ducks, with nesting boxes and a floating bird house.



This 'Heritage Overlaid' cottage and garden dates from a bygone era. Follow the old villa garden path as you take a journey through a variety of garden rooms featuring stone grottos, fountains and even a Roman bath. A rich and diverse range of colourful flora is on view, with traditional European plants and other exotics, including a stonewalled cactus garden. Allow yourself time to enjoy the circular hedge lawn and delight at the ‘Fountain of Youth’. With over 20 years of planting and restoration the garden at 'Ophir' Cottage is full of surprises at every turn. A must see!



This charming little cottage c.1860-1880 was purchased in 1994 and in 2005 a Storybook cottage was built on the rear of the block as a residence so the owners could operate the cottage B&B more easily. Three connecting gardens have been planted with cottage plants, camellias and roses and features many mature trees. Not planted to a formula, using many plant gifts from friends and spontaneous nursery purchases, plus garden statures and rustic items such old wheelbarrows for plant containers, this garden is full of surprises. This lovely property will be coming on the market next year. If you fancy an escape to the country, this garden is a must see!



1 Campion Road, Newlyn North

Bells Water Gardens specialise in all things to do with ponds. Our passion is building eco-system ponds that look like they are a part of nature and have always been there.  The ponds we build using the Aquascape system require little to no maintenance, they are ecologically sustainable and use no chemicals.  We have been growing and supplying retail nurseries with aquatic plants grown in our nursery for over twenty five years, our selection is vast.  New to our business, we have built a pond shop with lots of goodies pertaining to water gardens.  We have a number of pond displays to admire and turtles!

Open 9.00am to 5.00pm both days. Coffee van on site.

Special event for Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend! Twilight pond tour Saturday only at 8pm - our ponds look magical lit up at night.

More information at: Bells Water Gardens

Bells Water Gardens

862 Midland Highway, Mt Rowan

Brenlissa Online Nursery is a family operated business in the Lovely Central Highlands of “The Garden State” Victoria. Our focus is on great customer service and we respond to every enquiry promptly. Our plant sourcing service is also available we have access to thousands of varieties of plants that we can supply to you. If it’s not on our site we can get it in. We provide a very unique service to our valued customers at prices everyone can afford. Free ongoing support and advice is offered to all customers of Brenlissa Nursery via our regular newsletters and email/phone advice. Our Qualified Horticulturists are here to answer your queries.

Open 8am to 6pm both days.

Special offer for Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend! FREE tea, coffee and biscuits in the garden.

More information at: Brenlissa Nursery


79 Albert Street, Creswick

This delightful local nursery, nestled in the garden beside the Olicartia store, has a superb range of beautiful, locally grown potted plants to suit all gardens. There is also a fantastic assortment of rusty garden art, terracotta statues and other garden ornaments.

Open 8am-4pm both days. Parking available in front of the nursery.

More information at: Creswick Nursery in Miss Northcott's Garden

Creswick Nursery in Miss Northcott+39s Garden

395 Lesters Road, Ascot

Lambley is best known for an inspirational dry climate garden set around an historic 1860s stone farmhouse, where plants from all the dry summer areas of the world are planted together to make a series of beautiful pictures. There is a large vegetable and flower garden which provides both food and flowers for the house. During September ten thousand tulips bloom in this garden. Lambley Nursery offers a diverse range of frost hardy and drought tolerant plants and bulbs to buy, as well as exceptional vegetable and flower seeds to gardeners throughout Australia.

Open 9am to 5pm both days. Parking available on site at the nursery.

More information at: Lambley Gardens & Nursery


3155 Midland Highway, Newlyn North

Maze House has a 26 year old hedge maze set in a 5 acre country carnival garden with a milk bar café. Go missing in the beautifully manicured conifer hedge maze, test your skills with original carnival games, check out the ‘big’ food garden, stroll along perennial borders and in the flower cutting garden, or find a spot to relax under shady trees. The café sells delicious homemade light lunches, cakes, scones, good coffee and ice creams. Entry fee applies.

Open 10am to 5pm both days. Parking available on site.

Special offer for the Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend! A scrumptious Devonshire Tea and Maze House Entry (maze, carnival garden and maze hunt) $18 children, $20 adults. Relax in the garden cafe or on the vine covered veranda overlooking the maze and country carnival garden.

More information at: Maze House

Maze House

2851 Midland Highway, Newlyn

This charming nursery stocks a huge variety of heritage apples, pears, grapes, nuts, cold climate olives, and field hardened container trees, including ornamental, camellias, tree peonies, tall bearded irises and much more. A visit to the Antique Centre is an enthralling experience where you can explore cottages and old halls filled with wonderful antiques. Lots to see and do here.

Open 10.15am to 4pm both days. Car parking on service road strip in front of complex; nursery surrounds and to rear of Newlyn Memorial Hall.

More information at: Newly Antiques & Cottage Garden Nursery

Newlyn Antiques

3409 Midland Highway, Blampied

Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery is an inspiring creative retail enterprise set on five acres of lush farmland in Blampied, Central Victoria just eight minutes from Daylesford on the Midland Highway to Ballarat. Artist David Dawson creates his uniquely Australian sculptural metalwork designs in his extensive workshop. He then displays them next door in the rustic hay-shed gallery and beautifully landscaped garden setting that he has created. His creations include garden art, native Australian animals and birds, furniture, wall art, magnetic creatures, privacy screens and much more. The gallery also offers the art and produce of thirty local and fair trade artisans, many whose work is not available to purchase elsewhere. For your enjoyment Overwrought provides toilets, coffee, drinks and ice creams and picnicking areas. Extensive parking is available for all vehicles including caravans and buses. The kids can even feed our fish in our garden ponds and pat an alpaca or two.

Open 10am to 5pm both days. Coffee, drinks and ice creams, and picnic areas available. Car & coach parking, and toilets available on site.

Special event for Creswick Garden Lovers WeekendI FREE licensed live music event! Creswick Garden Lovers Festival Club, Saturday only, 4pm-8pm. Enjoy some soothing soul and blues from the Madame York Collective as the sun goes down. Food truck, wine, beer, soft drinks, ice creams & nibbles for sale.

More information at: Overwrought


3734 Midland Highway, Eganstown

Stroll through our gardens & nursery.

Our rose bloom season starts in November through to May.

The nursery stocks a large diverse range of plants from the rare to the old fashioned garden gems of yesteryear with this season stocking 250 varieties of roses.

Join us in this year’s Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend along with other great gardens and businesses of the area as we celebrate 25 Years in business. Gardeners and visitors most welcome.

Open 9am-5.30pm. Parking available on site.

More information at: Spring Park Nursery

Spring Park Nursery


2018 Flower Show, Creswick Town Hall, Albert Street, Creswick

Don’t miss the Creswick Garden Club’s delightful Annual Flower Show while you are in town. It showcases beautiful displays of a wide range of cut flowers, container plants, fruits and vegetables, floral art, homemade preserves, art and craft, and children’s gardening and craft. There will be a plant stall and raffle held during the show.

Open Saturday from 1.30pm to 5pm & Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Plant Stall from 9am Saturday & 10am Sunday.

Entry $2.

Enquiries and more information: Creswick Garden Club

Photos courtesy Terry Hope Productions

Flower Show

Creswick Primary School Hall, Napier Street, Creswick

Exhibition, demonstrations, and sales at the Creswick Primary School Hall.

Saturday 9am to 5pm & Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Entry $4, children free.

Enquiries and more information: Ballarat Bonsai Society

Bonsai Society

6 Cushing Avenue, Creswick

John Curtin Aged Care and Retirement Village is set amongst beautiful cottage gardens in our delightful town of Creswick, a 20 minute drive from the large regional city of Ballarat and the tourist centres of Daylesford & Hepburn Springs. It is home to 85 people and one of the largest employers in town.

Our gardens are a source of interest and pleasure to residents, visitors and staff.  The seasons are dramatically marked in true cottage style. We expect irises and roses to abound during the open garden weekend. 

Following a significant building program, there are areas of the garden which have just been repaired and renewed.  Please come to the Café to receive a map for a self guided tour.

Gardens open Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm.

Café Curtin will be open all weekend selling light lunches, cakes and coffee.

Free entry.

Enquiries and more information: John Curtin Aged Care

John Curtin Aged Care

Enquiries: click here to email us, or call 0419 326 453 or 0405 717 321

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