While Autumn and Spring are the best times to visit open gardens in the Blue Mountains, you will find a number of gardens open to the public at anytime of year.
In Spring the Blue Mountains is host to many garden festivals showcasing local gardens during September, October and November.
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A highlight of any trip to the region for garden lovers is a visit to the beautiful Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mt Tomah - open throughout the year. There is a program of guided walks, exhibitions, workshops and talks of interest to anyone who loves gardens.
The following gardens are open at various times during the year - usually Spring and Autumn, however a couple are open all year round and are worth a visit at any time of year. We have also included a couple of open gardens in Oberon.
Where: Bacchante St, Blackheath
Open: Daily, walk in any time, carpark open 9am-4pm. In Summer gardens open 9am-6pm.
Entry: $5 donation per person
Contact: 02 4787 8965 or 4787 6983
Blackheath Rhododendron Festival is in early November each year. Other highlights at the garden are April-May for autumn colours and camelias; Sep-Oct for spring blossoms and bulbs; Oct-Nov peak blooming for rhododendrons and azaleas.
Where: 82 Camp St, Katoomba
Open: To be advised
Contact: 02 4782 9225 or 0419 133 154
Unfortunately this garden is not suitable for wheelchairs. It is also not suitable for small children as there are water features. Rare plants on sale on open days. Tea/coffee and light snacks available to purchase.
Where: Everglades Avenue, Leura
Open: 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm) from 3 July 2020 Thursday - Monday 2020. Closed 25 & 26 December.
Tea Rooms: Closed. Please check website for updates.
Entry: Adults $15, Concession $10. Child under 5 free, National Trust members free. To ensure we can manage timed entry and safe physical distancing, we are asking visitors to pre-purchase tickets via Eventbrite. Booking fees will apply.
Where: 4 Allen Street, Lawson
Open: 9am-4pm, second Saturday in November each year - at 14 Nov 2020 is next opening (Covid-19 restrictions permitting)
Entry: $3 (donated to Hazelbrook Public School)
Telephone: Barbara Cooper 02-4759-1170
This small garden contains over 400 fuchsias and there are hundreds of fuchsias both large and small for sale on the open day.
Where: 27 Blenheim Ave, Oberon
Open: Twice a year in mid-Spring & Autumn. Open 9.30am-4.30pm
Spring 2020: 17-18 Oct, 24-25 Oct, 31 Oct - 1 Nov 2020
Autumn 2021: Easter weekend Friday 2 April - Monday 5 April 2021.
Telephone: 02-6336-0291 or 0427-070-956
Where: 36 Craigend St, Leura
Open: 10am-4pm daily, Sep-Oct - TBA
Entry: $4 Adult, Child free (fundraiser for NSW Guide Dogs)
Gory'u Japanese Garden & Maple Springs Nursery
Where: 85 Baaners Lane, Little Hartley
Open: 9am-5pm daily. Prime viewing time for Spring Sat 12 Sep to Sun 29 Nov 2020.
Entry: $20 Adult, $13 Student, $40 Families. Group bookings and tours by appointment. No pets permitted in garden.
Telephone: 0414-879-082 or 02-6355-2140, 0414 933 467
Website: www.maplespringsnurseryandgardens.com.au OR www.myopengarden.com.au/openGarden.jsp?id=2193
Hazelbrook, Woodford & Linden Garden Festival
Open: 2020 Festival cancelled due to Covid-19.
Plant sales at Tarraleah, Banool and 20 Mile Hollow Cafe. Present your Garden Festival ticket at 20 Mile Hollow Cafe (Woodford) for a free coffee or tea.
This is a fundraiser for Hazelbrook Public school P&C Association.
Where: 111 John Grant Road, Little Hartley
Open: 10am - 4pm on weekends of 1/2 Aug, 22/23 Aug, 12/13 Sep, 3/4 Oct, 10/11 Oct, 17/18 Oct, 24/25 Oct, 7/8 Nov and 21/22 Nov 2020.
Entry: Adults $15, Concession $12, Children under 16 free (must be supervised by adult at all times). There is self-serve tea/coffee with package sweek treat available free. Gardens have spectacular views of the mountains and surrounding valley. Rare plants for sale. Some disability access to the gardens in areas that are gravel and lawns. This garden is not suitable for small children due to water features. Group discounts and free guided tour available for groups of 20+.
Telephone: 02-4782-9225 or 0419-133-154.
Leura Gardens Festival
Where: Several gardens open in Leura
Open: 2020 Festival cancelled due to Covid-19. Dates for 2021: Dates for 2021 are 2-4 Oct & 8-10 October 2021.
Where: 36 Olympian Parade, Leura
Open: Gardens open year round, 10am-5pm daily
Entry: $15 Adult, $5 Child for access to house, garden and museum
Where: 530 Mayfield Road via Oberon
Open: Mayfield Garden open daily 9am-4.00pm (last entry 3.00pm). Closed 25 & 26 December
Open: Hawkins Family Garden (private garden) open every day for Autumn 10 April-3 May 2020, and Spring Festival (2020 dates TBA). Part access is during Winter & Summer Festivals. Closed 25 & 26 December.
Entry: Please check Mayfield Garden website for entry fees.
Check the Mayfield Gardens website for special events throughout the year.
Where: Bells Line of Road via Bilpin
Open: Daily - Mon-Fri from 9am-5.30pm. Sat, Sun & Public Holidays from 9.30am-5.30pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Wild Meadows Garden
Where: 243a Coxs River Rd, Little Hartley
Open: 9am-3pm, Sat & Sun 12/13 Sep, 10/11 Oct, 14/15 Nov, 12/13 Dec 202 and 9/10 Jan, 13/14 Feb 2021.
Website: www.facebook.com/HartleyValley OR www.myopengarden.com.au/openGarden.jsp?id=1457
Three acres of gardens, enjoy family picnics on lawns. Bus groups are welcome but please book via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: 29 Powells Rd, Bilpin
Open: Autumn 2020: 10am-4pm Sat/Sun 16 May - 7 June 2020 & Mon 8 Jun 2020.
Open: Camelia Show 22-23 Aug 2020 & 29-30 Aug 2020.
Open: Salvia Show Weekends: 17-18 Oct & 24-25 Oct 2020.
Open: Spring 2020: 10am-4pm (Fri/Sat/Sun/Mon) 7 Aug-2 Nov 2020.
Entry: $10 adults, $8 students/concession, Free for children under 16 yrs. Groups by appointment.
Facilities: Cafe serves coffee, tea, cakes, light lunches; gift shop,nursery, toilets, disabled parking, picnic grounds beside the lake. Due to Covid-19 takeaway drinks and some food only on offer.
Telephone: 0417 042 460 (Wayne) or 02-4567-2194 after hours.
The Avenue, Mt Wilson
Open 10am-5pm every day Spring and Autumn.
Entry: Adult $10, Child $2
The Avenue, Mt Wilson
Open: Open for Daffodil Season daily and weekends 10am-4pm from Sat 22 Aug to Sun 30 Aug 2020.
Open: Open for Spring daily and weekends from Mon 7 Sep to Sun 25 Oct 2020
Time: 10am to 4pm
Entry: Adult $12.50, Children 5 years and over $5, Children under 5 free.
Website: www.breenhold.com.au or www.facebook.com/breenholdgardens
17 Davies Lane, Mt Wilson
Open: Every Wednesday (except Christmas Day and New Years Day). Autumn dates include all Sundays in April and May 2020.
Time: 8am to 1pm
Entry: Adult $5.00, Children are free
Telephone: 02-4756-2121 (after 7pm)
Church Lane, Mt Wilson
Open: Open on weekends from Sat 8 Aug 202 then open daily from Sat 5 Sep to Sun 8 Nov 2020 inclusive.
Time: 10am to sunset
Entry: Adult $10, Child $2 (under 16 years, over 5 yrs). Open to groups (10+) by arrangement any time.
Telephone: 02-4756-2018 or 0447-647-748
Queens Avenue, Mt Wilson
Open: daily 9am-4.30pm. Spring and Autumn especially colourful. Open 7 days during 2020.
Entry: Adult $10, Child under 12 yrs $3. Tea, coffee and biscuits included.
Please ring to check opening days any time of the year.
Queens Avenue, Mt Wilson
Open: 10am - 5pm: Normally open daily Autumn (April-May) and Spring (Oct-Nov), or by appointment for groups, Groups 7+ welcome by appointment. Closed Spring 2020 due to Covid-19.
Entry: $10 Adult, $3 Children under 10 yrs. Sculptures in the gardens are for sale.
Telephone: Peter or Anne at 02-4756-2002, or email: email@example.com
Take time to explore the gardens of the region - book accommodation in the Blue Mountains and stay a while.