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Garden Lovers Weekend 2022


Headline image THE CRESWICK GARDEN LOVERS WEEKEND IS BACK FOR 2022!

The Creswick Garden Lovers Weekend is back! This annual community event is on again for the 7th year, following a two year hiatus due to COVID-19. This year we have eight gorgeous private gardens for you to visit, and meet and chat with their creators!

The event is organised by Business & Tourism Creswick Inc, and 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 12 NOVEMBER 2022, 9.00AM-5.00PM
SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022, 9.00AM-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 coming soon. Watch this space!

You can also keep up to date by visiting our Facebook page, or catch up with us on Instagram.

PRIVATE GARDENS

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

BEAUVUE, CRESWICK

BeauVue is a garden born in the last 7 years from a 2-acre property that originally needed some vision to see its potential. Since then, it has been transformed into a series of gardens, water features and meditation areas. It was designed to offer a year-round beautiful aspect from the home, with a summer resort-like appeal for family and friends, and a journey of discovery for garden lovers.

Parking is available on the Street. The garden areas are mostly wheelchair accessible but there are hills and steps in some cases.

BeauVue 2022


FIELD HOUSE, SPRINGMOUNT

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. 

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Field House 2022


NANDINA, CRESWICK

Welcome to our garden. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We called our garden Nandina - the reason being, there's quite a few throughout the garden!  

It has colour nearly all year round. There is always something different coming out in bloom. Which makes it quite beautiful. The two fish ponds add to the serenity. The frogs like to breed in there along with all the gold fish. The gazebo at the rear of the garden overlooks the 13th green on the golf course. There are quite a few different parts of the garden to explore. From the front of the house, there's a view over Creswick. And in the other direction there's a view of Springmount. It's really a lovely place to be.

Nandina 2022


OPHIR, CRESWICK

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 2022


POZIERES, CRESWICK

This beautiful garden features hundreds of mature box hedges surrounding several different garden beds, featuring camellias, roses, irises and many more. There are a number of mature trees, including a 120 year old Algerian oak, and horse chestnut trees. The oak and one of the horse chestnuts are included on the significant tree register of the Hepburn Shire.

The garden and house have an interesting history. There has been a house on the land since 1855. The present house was built around 1906/7. It was sold by the owner, Mr C.W. Jebb, to the State Forest Commission in 1924 for £675, and was the District Forester's or Director of Forestry’ house for the next 65 years. The present owners, Bernard and Valda, purchased the property in June 1992 and named it Pozieres in memory of the 1916 battle of the Somme, when the Australian soldiers recaptured the village of Pozieres from the German Army, suffering 23,000 casualties dead or wounded. Bernard was born in that part of France just a few kilometres from Pozieres.

Pozieres 2022


SHIRLEY'S GARDEN, CRESWICK NORTH

This garden is perhaps best described as a gradual evolvement. Although some garden beds were established quite some years apart, with distinctive bed size differences from one area to another, the general theme has always remained the same, a typical country garden with an English cottage garden flavour.

Shirley’s garden displays an amazing array of roses, (in excess of 500 plants) clematis, perennials, peonies, bulbs and rare or uncommon plants sourced far and wide. The garden usually displays its best blooms in spring to early summer. Due to the increase in garden beds over the years, and Shirley’s love for her garden, it now covers an area of approximately 2.5 acres.

There is ample parking on-site and although there is a slight fall in the land from back to front it is quite easy walking with no steps to negotiate.

Shirleys Garden 2022


THYME COTTAGE, EGANSTOWN

This 2 acre predominately off-grid young garden has grown in so many ways since the last open gardens in 2019 The country cottage style garden rooms have flourished and are now distinctly different,nd the home is embedded nicely. The plants are both native and exotic and are chosen for foliage or flowers for bees and as inspiration for the artist in residence to paint.

This year the home craft brewer will be in his brew hut precinct all weekend to chat and demonstrate all aspects of his system from the hop bines grown on-site to finished product. We have also finished our pizza Italian garden, and homemade vegetarian pizzas with garden herbs and sugo will be available to purchase both days.

The 24 wicking vegetable garden beds will be open to wander, alongside the extended chook yard.

All the new cottage gardens are open, featuring a new art studio, and visitors are welcome to support the local CWA and partake of a Devonshire tea sitting anywhere on the property, maybe enjoying views to the east and the hills of Eganstown.

This property is only 5 minutes from charming Daylesford and 15 minutes to bustling Creswick. Safest parking is on Cemetery Road and the garden is on a gentle to mid slope with some step, so sensible shoes should be worn.

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Thyme Cottage 2022


VENTION COTTAGE, CRESWICK

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 (9 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.

Vention Cottage 2022


COMMUNITY PARTNERS

CRESWICK GARDEN CLUB
RSL Hall, Albert Street, Creswick

Don’t miss the Creswick Garden Club’s delightful 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 also be a plant stall with a variety of plants for sale.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page.

Open both days: times TBC.

Garden Club


JOHN CURTIN AGED CARE
5 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.

Self-guided tours of our gardens, and guided garden tours pending COVID restrictions. 

Café will be open (times to be confirmed), selling light lunches, snacks, cakes, barista coffee.

Fore more information, please visit our website, or find us on Facebook.

Open both days: times TBC.

John Curtin Aged Care


SHANNON'S BRIDGE SENSORY GARDEN
94 Albert Street, Creswick

The End of LIfe Care Hub was launched in 2018 and is hosted by the charity Shannon's Bridge. After a slow start through COVID restrictions, the Sensory Garden at the back evolved. It has been put together entirely by volunteers and with donated goods and time. The space continues to evolve and anyone is welcome to contribute to the garden (as long as it is nothing poisonous or prickly!) and it has been a haven of serenity for people dealing with end of life issues - whether they are caring, dying or grieving. Come and see how far we have come! Free entry.

For more information, please visit our text, or find us on Facebook.

Open both days: hours TBC

Shannons Bridge


COMMERCIAL PARTNERS

Note: all details correct to the best of our knowledge. Before visiting, please contact venues to confirm opening times.

ALLENDALE NATIVE AND HABITAT PLANTS
19 Ryan Junction Road, Allendale

Commenced in 2019, we are a small propagation service involved in planning and propagating trees, shrubs and ground covers for clients. We have some plants available to go at all times. We attend the Clunes Market every 2nd Sunday.

For more information, visit us on Facebook.

Open Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm and Sunday 9.00am-4.00pm.

Allendale Native Plants


BELLS WATER GARDENS
846 Gillies Road, Bald Hills

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.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday only.

Bells Water Gardens


BRENLISSA NURSERY
62 Mendhams Dam Road, Creswick

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.

For more information, please visit our website, or find us on Facebook.

Open 8.30am to 5.30pm both days.

Brenlissa


CAPTAINS CREEK ORGANIC WINES
120 Kangaroo Hills Road, Blampied

Captains Creek is a fourth generation family farm and vineyard that has been managed organically using natural and sustainable farming practices for over 25 years. You're invited to taste our wines & local cheeses or relax for an afternoon lunch overlooking the vineyard. Our Cellar Door, restaurant and vineyard is located at Blampied, just 10 minutes drive from both Creswick and Daylesford.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 11.00am-5.00pm both days.

Captains Creek Organic Wines


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 vertical garden. Creswick Woollen Mills products are made from natural fibres including merino wool, possum, alpaca, cashmere, cotton and bamboo, woven into sophisticated modern designs. Creswick Woollen Mills heralds 2022, its 75th Anniversary Year as a time of new beginnings. The world’s changing landscape has inspired Creswick Woollen Mills to innovate across high-quality, natural fibre apparel and accessories that span situations and seasons. The range includes much loved knitwear, jackets, scarves and socks.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Garden Lovers Weekend Competititon! Win a $1,000 Creswick Woollen Mills Bedroom Package! Take a photo of Creswick Woollen Mills vertical garden over the two days of the event (12 & 13 November 2022) - share & tag Creswick Woollen Mills on Facebook. The winner will be selected as best photo moment.

Open daily: 10.00am-4.00pm.

Creswick Woollen Mills


HG & SONS EMPORIUM
Shop 1/38 Albert Street, Creswick

HG & Sons Emporium was born from the desire for quality and unique products for all aspects of life. Rural life in a Modern Age.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open both days: Saturday 10.00am-5.00pm & Sunday 10.00am-4.00pm.

HG + Sons Emporium

LAMBLEY GARDENS & NURSERY
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.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook,  or follow us on Instagram.

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

Lambley


LUCKY MONKEY BLACKSMITH
Shop 5, 38 Albert Street, Creswick

I create a variety of metal works using predominantly blacksmithing techniques, with a forge, hammers and anvil. My work consists of mostly nature based themes, leaves and branches, tree shapes, that come from spending some years in forests as a fire-fighter, as well as exploring them. The themes are present in most of my work which ranges from garden gates, screens, candelabra, hooks and smaller sculptures.

For more information, please visit my website, or follow me on Instagram.  

Open both days: hours TBC.

Lucky Monkey Blacksmith


MAZE HOUSE
3155 Midland Highway, Newlyn North

Traditional hedge maze set in a 5 acre country carnival garden.

Find all the clues in the maze hunt to win a prize! Play old time carnival games dotted throughout a garden with apple orchards, perennial beds, vegetable patch, firewood lot and indigenous plantings. Book on-line to reserve your spot. Maze House is at the Mt Prospect sign, 3155 Midland Highway. Just 12 km from Creswick and 12 km from Daylesford.

For more information, please visit our website, or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

Open 10.00am-4.30pm both days.

Maze House


MISS NORTHCOTT'S GARDEN AND TEA ROOMS
79 Albert Street, Creswick

Miss Northcott's Garden is a boutique nursery nestled in the Main Street of Creswick beside the Olicartia store, and 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. Our tea rooms set in Miss Northcott’s cottage provides the perfect spot to ponder you next gardening ideas. This delightful local nursery, nestled in the garden

For more information, please visit us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 9.00am-3.00pm both days.

Miss Northcotts Garden


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.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.   

Overwrought


RACV GOLDFIELDS RESORT
1500 Midland Highway, Creswick

Immerse yourself in history and nature. RACV Goldfields Resort awaits discovery in the historic bushland around Creswick, offering resort style accommodation and golf course. Located halfway between the mineral springs of Daylesford and the old city of Ballarat.

Wake up to fairway or forest views and the sounds of the Australian bush. Dine on classic favourites and signature dishes featuring quality local produce and seasonal ingredients. Play a round of golf. Take a bushwalk. However you choose to unwind, you’ll find everything you need at RACV Goldfields Resort.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 7 days. The bar is open from 11am daily.  Restaurant serves dinner from 5:30pm daily.

RACV Resort


SEVEN HILLS NURSERY
1 Campion Road, Newlyn North

With the love of gardening and an idea (as COVID had pushed its limits) Seven Hills Nursery was born and opened in October 2021. Based in Newlyn North, owned and operated by a local family Amanda and Ramah Sewell. The range started very small, listening to what the community wanted, and like a garden we are growing, from indoor plants to natives, from garden maintenance to landscaping, giftware and more. We are still a small nursery with big ideas to come.

For more information, please visit our Facebook page, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 10.00am-4.30pm both days.

Seven Hills Nursery


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.

For more information, please visit our website, find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 9.00am-5.30pm both days.

Spring Park Nursery


YERAMBA FARMSTAY RETREAT
160 Blampied Kooroocheang Road, Blampied

Yeramba means “place of many gum trees”. Natural bushland with stunning old gumtrees, native flowers, grasses and abundant bird life. Set on 45 acres operating successfully as a Boutique Farmstay Retreat and hosting BYO Events. An elegant country style venue with a relaxed atmosphere for your special day with family and friends. The converted stables is the ideal space for dining, dancing and romancing! Large outdoor fire pit. Landscaped gardens with many European trees, flowering spring bulbs, a large variety of proteas and leucadendrons. Garden shed complete with vegetable garden and orchard.

B.Y.O. picnic basket...casual seating to relax and enjoy the serenity.

We are child friendly:

  • Large outdoor playground with many activities
  • Friendly farm animals to interact with
  • Scavenger hunt

On site stalls will include:

  • Coffee van
  • Finger food
  • Wine tasting
  • Floristry display
  • Mini wedding expo
  • Well being

For more information, please find us on Facebook, or follow us on Instagram.

Open 9.00am-4.00pm both days.

Yeramba