Come and enjoy a leisurely weekend of exploring local gardens at this year's fifth annual Crookwell Garden Festival, Saturday and Sunday November 9 and 10.
The Garden Lovers Market kicks off the festival with free entry at the Crookwell Showground. Gates will be open from 8.30am to 2pm on November 9.
Stallholders will be selling a range of locally produced garden art and sculpture, plants, garden tools and organic products.
This year the festival will be opening nine gardens. Four of these are country gardens and the other five will be found within Crookwell township.
Keeping things very interesting, four of the gardens are new to the festival, while Richard and Charmaine Gay's garden will be showcasing some recent changes.
Balcony Rose is one of the new additions. Steeped in local history the basalt homestead circa 1896-1904 is nurtured by the surprisingly young but tranquil garden exhibiting stands of silver birch, oak, beech and plane trees. Current owners Janet and McComas Taylor began planting the existing garden just twenty years ago.
Town garden favourites the Kensit garden in Memory Ave and the Jackson garden in Cowper Street will be open as part of the festival also.
Among the town gardens the ever-impressive Kiloren will be open. Designed by renowned garden designer Edna Walling in 1951, Kiloren represents one of the best intact examples of Walling's trademark style and includes shrubbery banks, a sunken pond and low stone walls.
Mireille and Brett Turner will have their immaculately presented garden open in Gorham Rd, Crookwell. Only six years old this garden will impress with its collection of deciduous and evergreen trees, roses and irises and original Damsen plum trees.
Nearby visit the garden of Gillian and Geoff Cummins Roseville in Kialla Rd, Crookwell. The garden surrounding the 1880s homestead has been developed in three stages and still includes original plantings of lilac, hydrangeas and pear trees.
Don't miss the perennial favourite Enid's Garden, the lovingly tended garden of Ian McFaul in Third Creek Road, Crookwell. Show-stopping roses and hybrid clematis are the standouts in this sprawling country garden.
Those who take the scenic 30 minute drive west of town won't be disappointed either. Nature-inspired sculpture punctuates the expansive garden at Moorabinda. Pam will also have her artists' studio open for the weekend and refreshments will be available by the Hospital Auxiliary ladies on the Saturday.
Tickets for the weekend are available via www.crookwellgardenfestival.com.au or at the garden gate, at the Garden Lovers Market or at the Crookwell Visitor Information Centre. An all-garden pass is $20 while single-garden entry is $5 at each gate.