Business & Tourism Creswick Inc.

Garden Lovers Weekend 2019

This annual community event, now in it's sixth 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 9 November, 9.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 10 November, 9.00am to 4.00pm

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

Creswick Neighbourhood Centre,19-21 Victoria Street, Creswick, is the venue for collection of all tickets and maps, community garden, displays and more. EFTPOS facilities will be available at the venue, and there are two ATMs in town.

Online bookings now available at: Trybooking. Online bookings close at 5.00pm, Friday 8 November. You will need to collect your tickets and map on the day, from the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre.

For an overview of the event, click here to view our YouTube video.

PRIVATE GARDENS

This year we offer you the choice of TEN unique and diverse private gardens to visit and enjoy, and chat with their creators, including large and small town gardens, quirky and eclectic gardens, sustainable gardens, and real country gardens.

CASTYLJAYDE

This garden is described by the owners as a bit of a comedy of errors that has evolved over a 10 year period to accommodate family living and working full time!

An interestingly layered and textured garden that embraces family, grandchildren, dogs and chooks, it includes colourful and textured plants, standardised shrubs and trees, combined with recycled materials like an old truck, bluestone blocks, railway sleepers and rocks. There’s a dam, a dry creek bed, bluestone walls, a pool, a deck, a couple of ponds and archways, even a playground, and numerous statues and quirky garden ornaments intertwined with winding walkways and steps that lead you up the garden path to explore more.

On a 1 acre sloping bush block, just 2 blocks from the main street in Creswick, Castyljayde garden is an interestingly quirky and peaceful oasis for all ages to enjoy.

Garden Extra! Jodie Goldring will be holding a basket weaving workshop "Plants for Basketry". Beginners to basketry often express lack of confidence in their ability to identify, collect, dry, store and rehydrate natural materials for weaving baskets. In this workshop you will gain skills and knowledge about harvesting, storing and using natural materials that you can apply to plants from your own or friends' gardens! Janine has generously offered her home garden, which is open for the Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend, to host the event. Jodie Goldring is a Sculptor and Art Teacher who has a broad range of creative experiences to share.

Saturday 9 November only, 2.00pm-4.00pm. For more information, visit Jodie's website. Bookings essential - contact Creswick Neighbourhood Centre on 5345 2356.

Castyljayde Garden

Castyljayde

Jodie Goldring harvesting lavender and completed baskets

Jodie Goldring Basketry


FIELD HOUSE

Field House is a park style garden set on 23 acres nestled on the edge of the Creswick State Forest in Springmount. 

The garden, once a bare block, now features a large landscaped dam which is a mecca for bird wildlife all year round. Waterlilies surround the island and shallow areas of the dam and flower over spring and summer. There are over 400 deciduous trees providing spectacular autumn foliage and during spring and summer the property is covered in green leafy oaks, birches, maples and ash trees. Espaliered fruit trees form hedges protecting the vegetable and cottage garden areas.

Parking is available in the front paddock adjacent to the driveway and the house yard for anyone who has difficulty walking. 

Garden Extra! Parupa Metal Art will be on site with a range of eclectic garden art. To see what they do, visit their Facebook page or blog.

Field House


HEDGEROW

Hedgerow is situated in the majestic Avenue of Honour, Kingston, a small hamlet 10km from Creswick. This is considered by many to be the best intact Avenue of Honour in Australia. In spring, the 286 trees lining both sides of the Avenue which are predominantly Dutch Elm (Ulmus hollandica), are a sight to behold.

Hedgerow is named after the many hedges which border the garden. Privet, Box, Viburnum and Hawthorn hedges form spaces and rooms within the garden. The Victorian weatherboard cottage has views from the veranda to the north and over the local rural landscape while the old red brick barn to the rear of the property has uninterrupted views to the west overlooking the Pyrenees and the Great Dividing Range.

The garden is a mixture of old and new. A beautiful old Golden Elm shades the lawn to the north of the veranda, an old Holly to the east and a Golden Ash shades the orchard paddock garden. New beds have been planted in the orchard paddock, including a dedicated rose garden, fruit tree walk, silver birch garden and a thriving vegetable patch.

Thoughtful plantings and sculptures draw the eye along the garden axis to create focal points of interest.

Hedgerow


MON REPOSE

This beautiful garden is 2.5 acres in area, and is situated in Creswick 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.

The garden is accessed by the driveway and there are several parking spots in the drive, however these are few and parking is parallel along Gardiner Street. Most of the garden is accessible for the disabled, particularly the front area. The block does become steeper towards the rear, however. There are stone steps in the front area but these can be bypassed on lawn.

Mon Repose


OPHIR

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!

Ophir


PETYAN

This lovely garden at Kooroocheang surrounds an 1860s farmhouse, the former post office and telephone exchange for the district.

Garden beds radiate out from a circular lawn bordered by a low stone wall. On one side of the circle is a vegetable garden and on the other, a naturalistic garden planted with small flowering trees, massed perennials, bulbs and carpets of self-seeding annuals. The garden is integrated with the broader landscape and plants are allowed to colonise where they want. The planting is very dynamic and changes dramatically from year to year depending on the seasonal conditions and which plants have self-seeded. There is a chicken run, paddocks with dorper sheep, an orchard of fruit, including dessert and cider apples, a pear walk, stone fruit and a young olive grove.

Kooroocheang has a subtle beauty and atmosphere that will reward contemplation and Perry & Nicola look forward to welcoming visitors to the garden. 

Perry + Nicola Garden


SHIRLEY'S GARDEN

Shirley’s garden has been progressively established over 20+ years with ideas, themes and knowledge changes over time.

The garden, with an unmistakable English theme, has been raised in a climate of very heavy clay soil, and, until the recent installation of a bore, a quite limited water supply. The land position could only be described as “open”, leaving the garden exposed to harsh summer northerly winds and cold winter blasts. The recent addition of a wall and fence has eased the exposure problem a little. Despite all adversities, with love and devotion to her garden, it manages to thrive.

Commonly described as “a garden of the heart” it displays an amazing array of roses (in excess of 500), clematis, perennials, peonies, bulbs and rare or uncommon plants sourced far and wide from many established contacts over the years and, like many country gardens, is ever expanding.

The diverse planting enables the garden to display its own unique appearance according to the season of the year with the optimum flowering display in spring.

This garden is situated on acreage with ample parking on the grounds.

Shirleys Garden


THYME COTTAGE

David and Selena’s garden in Eganstown was a paddock two years ago and they are creating a lifestyle influenced by their grandparents of the arts and crafts garden movement. 

From cuttings and local sources they have dug in a series of garden rooms on the 2 acres, of which this year's feature will be the vegie patch and adjoining hen house. They will guide and talk visitors through 24 wicking vegetable beds that they have adapted for their local climate over the last 18 months. Visitors will be able to pat and feed hens, see the bones of an emerging garden and chat to the Smith's about highlights of gardening without attachment to mains services. 

They are creating a country cottage garden that's on a gentle slope so it's  not suitable for all abilities and best parking will be along Cemetary Road as there is limited parking on the front verge.

Garden Extras! The local CWA will have a trading table on site, and will also be selling delicious Devonshire teas.

Thyme Cottage


VENTION COTTAGE

Vention Cottage is a garden within the township of Creswick.  It is a garden full of plants carefully chosen for their uniqueness and diversity, planted to create a year round show, with colour and form emerging throughout the year.

Vention’s abundant trees are newly established (6 years) and are mostly deciduous, creating a canopy and allowing the fallen leaves to help build up a biodiverse soil which was once gold mining rubble. This, along with careful mulching, has allowed shade loving plants such as viburnums, hostas, hellebores, and hydrangeas and in the sunny places roses, salvias, eremophilas and many more.

There is no formality about the garden which allows the owner to plant in an informal way, although with a secret symmetry to it, while hardscaping is in keeping with the period of the home, with old bricks used for edging and old corrugated iron for the studio and sheds.

Garden Extra! Di Lehne from Artcreations will be exhibiting her floral paintings in the garden's studio over the weekend. To see Artcreations' artwork, visit their Facebook page.

Vention Cottage


YERAMBA

Yeramba is a boutique farmstay retreat situated on 45 acres surrounded by rolling hills and natural bushland in a peaceful rural setting. The landscaped garden consists of a variety of mature European trees, bulbs and bird attracting flora. Rustic country style décor is incorporated into the garden. A large outdoor fire pit surrounded by seating and ornamental pears are a highlight, and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy refreshments on offer. Seating is also placed under shady trees.

Children are catered for with a large outdoor playground including a flying fox and small friendly farm animals to interact with in a safe setting.

A short stroll through the laneway leads to 15 acres of natural bushland with large gumtrees and waterways. It’s a haven for wildlife and native birds. Bring a picnic lunch and take some time to unwind.

There is plenty of parking space and the grounds are wheelchair accessible.

Garden Extras! There will be a stall selling plants and trees; free talks on propagating plants; tea/coffee, cold drinks, slices and ice creams for sale.

Special Offer - Qi Gong Classes! Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese exercise system combining meditation and slow, gentle movements to promote health and relaxation, and is beneficial for stress reduction and relaxation. Come along and enjoy a class conducted in secluded bush amongst the gumtrees and birdlife. Yeramba is offering 3 Qi Gong classes on Sunday 10th November only at 10.30am, 11.30am and 12.30pm. Cost is $25 per person. Anyone interested please bring comfortable clothing and suitable footwear.

Yeramba


COMMERCIAL PARTNERS

BELLS WATER GARDENS
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 aquatic plant selection is vast with oxygenating and decorative submergible plants for your pond including water lilies and marginal bog plants to suit the shallow areas and margins of water gardens and boggy areas. We supply everything needed for you to build and maintain a water garden including advice from a very passionate team of experienced pond builders and water gardeners. Visit our display water gardens, ponds and water features and imagine the possibilities of your own pond paradise.

Open 9.00am to 5.00pm both days.

Special event for Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend! Twilight pond tour - more details soon!

More information at: Bells Water Gardens

Bells Water Gardens


BRENLISSA NURSERY
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.

More information at: Brenlissa Nursery

Brenlissa


CRESWICK WOOLLEN MILLS
Railway Parade, Creswick

Visit the award winning Creswick Woollen Mills; an Australian family business and the last coloured woollen spinning mill located right here in Creswick, and view their amazing "green wall". While you're there, check out 'A Very Fine Yarn', an interactive exhibition showcasing the journey of natural fibres and the history of the Mill. Enjoy a delicious lunch at the Mill Café, which features local produce. Meet Farmer Cameron, Creswick's resident animal expert, who will walk you through the new animal enclosure, so you can up close and personal with the Mills''s gorgeous alpacas, sheep and goats - including feeding and patting them.

Open 9am-5pm both days. Parking available on site.

More information at: Creswick Woollen Mills

Creswick Woollen Mills


LAMBLEY NURSERY & GARDENS
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

Lambley


MAZE HOUSE
3155 Midland Highway, Newlyn North

Traditional old hedge maze, old time carnival games set in a country garden with orchards, vegetable patch, flower cutting garden, creek and shady trees; milk bar cafe serving light lunches, barista coffee, afternoon teas, milk shakes. Entry fee applies.

Just 10 mins from Creswick, on the Daylesford Road.

Special offer! 10% discount to maze and garden for Creswick Garden Lovers (just present your ticket).

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

More information at: Maze House

Maze House


MISS NORTHCOTT'S GARDEN
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. Olicartia also has a great range of indoor plants.

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

More information at: Miss Northcott's Garden

Creswick Nursery


OVERWROUGHT SCULPTURE GARDEN & GALLERY
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.

More information at: Overwrought

Overwrought


SPRING PARK NURSERY
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. Gardeners and visitors most welcome.

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

More information at: Spring Park Nursery

Spring Park


COMMUNITY EVENTS

CRESWICK GARDEN CLUB INC.
2019 Flower & Home Crafts Show, Creswick Town Hall, Albert Street, Creswick

Don’t miss the Creswick Garden Club’s delightful Flower & Home Crafts 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 & Craft Stall from 10am Saturday & Sunday.

Entry $2.

More information: Creswick Garden Club on Facebook
Enquiries: Creswick Garden Club

Flower Show


JOHN CURTIN AGED CARE
6 Cushing Avenue, Creswick

John Curtin Aged Care is home to a community of 85 people and is located in our delightful town of Creswick. Our cottage gardens and courtyards are a source of interest and pleasure to residents, visitors and staff and we love to share them with wider community. The seasons are dramatically marked in true cottage style. We expect irises and roses to abound during the open garden weekend. 

Please come to the Café to receive a map for a self-guided tour. Our gardener, Ben, will be available to share his creativity and local knowledge, and plants will be sold to raise funds to support the work of the John Curtin community.

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

Café Curtin will be open over the open-garden hours, selling light lunches, snacks, cakes, barista coffee and wine or beer with meals.

We are hosting a community BBQ lunch on the Saturday only from 11.00am – 2.30pm with meat or vegetarian option and salads for $10.  Bookings are recommended to avoid disappointment. Vegan and gluten free options available if advance warning is provided of special dietary needs.

Entry by gold coin donation.

More information: John Curtin Aged Care on Facebook
Enquiries: John Curtin Aged Care

John Curtin


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

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