2020 Festival Celebration Community Opening

2020  Autumn Festival of Country Garden Events


Friday 24 April - CANCELLED


CANCELLED 5.30-7.30pm Sundowner at the Cidery, 43 Gifford Road, Bridgetown with music. The Cidery makes and sells beer, cider and wine. Light lunches every day. Light meals available on Friday evening. Tel 9761 2204.



Saturday 25 April


Gardens open from 9.00am to 4.30 pm - CANCELLED


CANCELLED 6.00pm for 6.30 pm Autumn Dinner on Saturday the 25th of April, Ford House, Eedle Tce, Bridgetown.


Warm up this Autumn with a delicious feast in the Ford House 100-year old barn, delivered to you by Ronan, the incredible chef from Mulberry Tree. The cosy barn will be decorated in a stunning Autumnal theme.

A three-course dinner, showcasing local, seasonal produce in an autumnal wonderland will coincide with the Autumn Festival of Country Gardens. There will be more surprises to follow.

The night begins at 6.00pm with guests to be seated by 6.30pm. Special food requirements will be accommodated but we need to be notified well in advance.



There is still some accommodation available for the festival weekend so keep that in mind when you get in touch.


Sunday 26 April


Gardens open from 9.00am to 4.30 pm - CANCELLED



CANCELLED 8.30 to 3.30pm Bridgetown Autumn Garden Fair at Ford House, Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown. Plant Specialists, garden sculptures, gifts and homewares, delicious coffee and food to indulge in. An ideal opportunity to shop for Mothers’ Day gifts. $5 entry on the day of the Fair.


CANCELLED 9.30 am.  Golden Valley Tree Park Walk.  Growing trees in a drying climate. After one of the driest years on record get some on advice about helping your trees to survive and thrive.”

Autumn guided walk with Dr Chrissy Sharp and Ania Boltuc.


At the south end of Balingup, from the SW Highway turn into Southampton Road. Take the left turn at fork into the Old Padbury Road and proceed 1.2km to the sign for the World Collection.


Last Year's 20th Anniversary Festival - November 2019


Thursday 31 st October
All Gardens will be open from 9.00am – 4.30 daily during the Festival from 31 st October to 3 rd November inclusive.

The Festival Centre, Hillview Garden Centre, 200 Hampton St, Bridgetown will be open from 9.00 – 5.00pm daily on these days.

The Festival Centre will be manned Thursday, Friday and Saturday to enable you to purchase tickets if you have not already obtained them by using the Book Here button at the top of this page.

Friday 1 st November
Festival Celebration Community Opening 6.00 – 10.00pm at the Rabbit Hole, lower level, 87 Hampton Street, Bridgetown.

Opening night events
Full event ticket holders and Exhibitors—Free Entry. One Day ticket holders and non ticket holders.

Entry is $5.00

  • Welcome

  • Deryn Thorpe – official opening

  • Bird Box auction. Come and watch Alan Wilson in full swing as our auctioneer

  • Deryn Thorpe - Deryn will be entertaining us with her wonderful talk on Risqué Roses - Tales of Randy Royals, Flirtatious Females and Scandalous Sirs, the amusing presentation looks at the story behind roses named for historic figures​ Using historic letters, poetry, diary entries and beautiful rose images the irreverent talk examine the lives of some well-known people and the roses history and the simple pleasure of some good stories well told.named after them. The lecture will appeal to anyone who enjoys gardens, history and the simple pleasure of some good stories well told

  • Steve Wood - Steve will follow on from Deryn and will be speaking on "the importance of growing some of your own clean healthy food at home and showing how easy it is to produce organic micro greens no matter where you live or how little space you have"

  • Julie Kinney – Julie will be showing and speaking on a Mediterranean theme

  • Nibbles and Light refreshments will be served, complimentary glass of wine


Saturday 2 nd November
Ashbil Community Garden 8.30 – 12 noon.
A member of the gardens will be on site to show you through and answer your questions, give you some information about the gardens, how long it has been going, what workshops they can do, when their produce days are, and generally how they enhance this area. Many changes have happened this year and this garden project is always evolving. An enthusiastic group of the community keep this garden alive and producing.

Steve Wood heads off today to visit Holberry House, 14 Grange Road, Nannup from 10.30am – 11.15am doing a walking tour of sculpture gardens.

11.30am – 12.15pm He then visits Chestnut Brae, 106 McKittrick Road (off Chalwell Road), Carlotta. Refreshments are available.

12.30pm – 1.15pm Steve heads to the Nannup Lavender Farm, 4365 Graphite Road, Carlotta where he will be doing a walking lunch (bookings required).

Deryn Thorpe will be holding a community workshop between 1.00pm and 2.00pm at the Bridgetown Lesser Hall. The workshop includes "Creating Plants from cuttings and seeds" (Bring along some cuttings to share if you wish). Afternoon tea will be provided. Entry is free.

SORRY  EVENT CANCELLED Bridgetown Garden Club is holding a Wildflower and Bird Talk and invite you to enjoy an informative and interesting sundowner with Dr Erica Shedley.
Erica will share her extensive knowledge of local flora and birds. She is a well known and respected botanist who also runs guided tours and a native plant nursery.

Commencing 4.00 – 6.00pm - Entrance fee $10.00 and this includes a glass of wine or soft drink with cheese and biscuits, at the function centre, Bridgetown Gardens.
Tickets available through the Booki Now button at the top of this page.

Sunday 3 rd November
SORRY  EVENT CANCELLED Golden Valley Tree Park - Dr Chrissy Sharpe co-founder of the arboretum – Dr Sharpe will be giving a 1 hour guided walk on the Golden Valley Tree Park Balingup commencing at 9.30am. This walk includes a feast of beautiful and interesting trees. Please wear walking shoes for this event.
Meet Chrissy at the World Collection main car park at the south end of Balingup, from South West Highway turn into Southampton Road. Take left turn at fork into Old Padbury Road and proceed 1.2kms to the sign for the World Collection. Enquiries Balingup Visitor Centre on 9764 1818.