Spring 2017 Festival

Spring is nature’s way of saying “let’s party” – Robin Williams

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It’s time to visit the inland South West to experience the beauty of Spring. Twenty one of the best gardens in the Blackwood Valley and nearby towns will again welcome garden lovers to share experiences and enjoy relaxing in nature’s beauty, enhanced by keen gardeners.

The sidebar at right provides links to all the gardens, to a table of garden opening days, and to the extensive event program.

The Pre-Festival Tour of Historical and Traditional Gardens

This popular all-day tour on  Wednesday November 1 was introduced by Lee Wittenoom in Spring last year and again in Autumn this year. Visitors from as far as Queensland have enjoyed a day visiting some of Bridgetown’s historic gardens, with morning and afternoon teas, a country  style lunch, and cider tasting at Bridgetown’s award winning Cidery.

The Prelude – Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October.

Spring is a little inconsiderate for keen gardeners wanting to share their gardens. By the time roses are at their peak the spring blossoms on deciduous trees are past theirs. So we break the Spring Festival into two parts. The 2-day Prelude delights with flowering deciduous trees and shrubs.

The Main Festival – Thursday November 2 to Tuesday November 7.

Although most activities are on the weekend, the main Festival is spread out over six days to allow a more leisurely program for those who are not time pressed. This part of the Festival allows visitors to enjoy the roses which are coming into their best.

The Bridgetown Garden Fair

On Sunday the 5th of November we will be holding our fifteenth annual Spring Garden Fair to coincide with the Festival. It will run from 8.30am to 3.30pm.

The garden fair is held by the Blackwood River in the grounds of Ford House. There will be plant specialists, garden sculptures, unique garden related gifts, tools etc. and of course coffee and delicious food. It is an idyllic location with plenty of room for each stall holder to display their wares. We would love you to participate and help make this another fantastic event for beautiful Bridgetown.

The 2017 Spring Festival includes a very full program of events, including the Garden Fair, themed dinners, an art exhibition, wildflower, nature and forest walks, and craft workshops.  Select the heading above to see more about the events program, or select a detailed list of events or a particular day’s events in the sidebar at right.

Festival Centre

The Festival Centre is at Hillview Garden Centre, at 200 Hampton St/South Western Highway – on the left as you come into Bridgetown from Greenbushes.

Contact us

Enquiries – Phone 0476 172 900