Some of the South West’s best private gardens are opening their gates during Spring

Garden and outdoor enthusiasts are invited to explore some of the South West’s best private gardens during the 2017 Spring Festival of Country Garden, which will be in two parts – the Prelude on 7-8 October and the Main Event from 2 – 7 November 2017.

The festival’s attractions include 21 gardens opening in Balingup, Greenbushes, Bridgetown, Boyup Brook, Nannup, Manjimup and Pemberton; Guided walks of the World Collection of the Golden Valley Tree Park in Balingup and a guided walk through the Priority Bittern and Waterbird Project at Schwenkes Dam in Greenbushes on Sunday 8 October during the Prelude. There will be guided Wildflower and Bird Walks on 7 & 8 October and 4 & 5 November.

There will also be a Flower workshop on Saturday 7 October, Petals and Paint workshop on Friday 3 November and an Art Venue at Kandalee and a Gums and Roses Dinner in the Barn at Ford House on Saturday 4 November On Sunday 5 November there will be the Bridgetown Spring Garden Fair at Ford House and a WildHerb Basketry workshop at Maranup Ford in Bridgetown. During the Main Festival, there will be the Inaugural Art Exhibition at the Black Barn Gallery in Bridgetown. Visitors can view the Ashbil Community Garden in Bridgetown and the Greenbushes Community Garden on Saturday 4 November. For more information about the program visit: