Festival of Country Gardens




In the absence of an open garden festival this Autumn, the committee of Blackwood Country Gardens Inc. (Festival of Country Gardens) has decided to conduct a photo competition open to gardeners and others alike.

The theme of the competition is “Autumn in the Blackwood Valley”, and ideally will be based around the beauty that people come to see and expect in the region. Preferably photos will be taken in residential gardens and properties in the Balingup, Greenbushes, Bridgetown, Nannup, Manjimup, Pemberton and Boyup Brook areas. These areas normally provide the venues for visitors to our open garden festivals.

Competition details can be found by clicking here. All entries will be featured on this website.

Please note you do not have to be a "professional" to enter this competition, you can get out there with your mobile phones and show us "what you have". We would prefer to see residential property photos than, for example a public park or town streetscape.






(FOCG Stock images)


25-26th APRIL 2020



It is with heavy hearts that we have had to cancel our beautiful festival. Thank you to everyone who was going to attend and celebrate these wonderful gardens and gardeners. Wishing you all good health.

All other events including the Autumn dinner and Fair have been cancelled too.

Please support small businesses that may have been affected with this unprecedented event. Maybe you can buy online, buy a gift voucher or something over the phone and have it mailed to you.

This event and many like it keep our small towns and tourism alive and kicking.

To our gardeners who were prepared to open their gardens, thank you for your dedication to the Festival and your understanding of the events occurring around us.


Given the dryness and severity of the Summer down here in Bridgetown and surrounds there was a thought that we would not present an Autumn Festival this year. However we (the Committee) forgot that the resilience of our gardens could only be exceeded by the greater resilience of our gardeners! So here we are again.

Mind you, for those of you not fortunate enough to live in the South West of Western Australia, Autumn is a great time to visit us in the "inland" part of the South West. Even if you can't make the open garden weekend, this is still a fantastic area to visit, and unwind.

If you are a keen gardener or enjoy wandering other people's gardens, you will know that a number of open garden schemes have closed in recent years. We rely heavily on the local council, Talison Lithium and other locals to assist in meeting the costs associated with "getting the word out"each event. Whilst we are moving from the hard copy program to an online version or a plain printable list, the outgoing costs exceed the income gained, despite the remarkable work undertaken by our volunteers.

Our admission prices this year have increased to $8 per garden. or you can buy an online ticket for all the gardens for $50. Individual garden payments may be made at the entrance to each garden.​



Spring Festival
6,7 & 8th November 2020

The Committee will prepare for a Spring Festival and will attempt to make it the best ever.



Recommendations and Reviews

What an amazing event - early May we did a Girls trip to Bridgetown and enjoyed the beautiful, charismatic gardens, at Sunnyhurst Winery - very friendly and welcoming 🌷🍷🌷If you are visiting this unique town, definately a place to purchase a bottle to enjoy in front of the crackling fire place
We will be back in town for the next Garden Fest! 🌸🧡🌷🧡🌸

A wonderful event in Autumn and Spring. Stunning gardens and fantastic tours, dinners and garden fairs at Ford House.

Such a lovely day with Festival of Country Gardens at Bridgetown. Went to visit 4 gardens today 28 Melrose, 174 Tawny Heights, 192 Cherrytree Cottage and 169 Heritage. All gardens so beautiful, thank you for good event and we will come back again next year

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