The owners of this lovely garden open their grounds to visitors for a weekend of festivities. Here you can wander around the summer flowering borders and/or join in a tour of the garden with Jeremy Francis - Jeremy is the creator of Cloudehill.
Cloudehill Gardens is in the Dandenong Ranges. It was established way back in the 1890s. Nowadays the garden has transformed into an oasis with 20 garden compartments housing trees, shrubs, flowers, fountains, stone walls and a lot of pathways, making this garden a lovely place to visit and discover.
The Cloudehill Festival of Flowers is a fun event for all lovers of gardens and gardening. There will be free garden workshops, local produce stalls and expert advice from gardening experts. You will be able to talk with the plantsmen from the Diggers Nursery, who will be celebrating 40 years of successfully running the Diggers Club - the nation's most remarkable gardening club!
You will be able to learn about the history of Cloudehill Gardens with a garden tour with Jeremy and your children will also have things to do there.
There will be live music with a number of performers keeping up the festival atmosphere all throughout the weekend.
So come for a relaxing drive through the beautiful Dandenong Ranges and discover this unusual gem.
There will be a free mini-workshop program which will be on both days of the festival. These will be presented by guest speakers and Diggers experts. They will showcase the stunning flowers that are grown in these gardens and show you how easy it is to surround your own home with your own cut flowers!
The Festival of Flowers will be held on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March 2019 at the Cloudehill Gardens, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda. Opening times will be 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
To summarise some of the activities for this festival, they will include the following:
Mini-workshops on both days
Garden tours each day at 11.30 am and 2.30 pm
Lunch from Seasons Restaurant
11.00 am Dahlia varieties and growing - Tim Drewitt
12.00 noon - Autumn bulbs - Tim Drewitt
1.00 pm Autumn flowering perennials
2.00 pm Attracting bees to your garden
3.00 pm Seasonal flowers - Carolyn Howells
4.00 pm Garden posies - Carolyn Howells
11.00 am Benefits of backyard chickens - Fleur Bakker
12.00 noon - Chicken care - Fleur Bakker
1.00 pm Favourite perennial combinations
2.00 pm Planning your flower garden
3.00 pm Flowers from seeds
4.00 pm Perennial care
Entry to walk through Cloudehill Gardens is free for Diggers members and children under 16 and is $10 for visitors. There is no entry charge to visit the shop or restaurant and please note that picnics are not permitted in the garden.