Discover the joy of   our cool climate gardens 

7–8 november 2020

Save the date! 

Nine beautiful gardens will open again this year for the Crookwell Garden Festival to be held on 7 and 8 November 2020.

The gardens opening range from small-town gardens to larger country landscapes with sweeping vistas. Wonderful old favourites such as Markdale and Binda Mill will open for viewing again this year and will be complemented along the trail by a carefully selected mix of new privately owned gardens, each of which showcases the owners’ love of planting whilst reflecting the different set of desires they each have for their hidden landscapes. 

Find out more about the gardens

Crookwell is in the Upper Lachlan region that borders the Southern Highlands at the northern end of the Southern Tablelands. Its close proximity to Canberra (1.5 hours) and Sydney (3 hours) has added a new dimension to the travels of garden lovers from these major cities.


In addition to its close proximity to Sydney and Canberra, this area also is renowned for its magnificent long vistas, rolling hills and its four very distinct seasons. 


It is a cool climate area sited at 700 to 1100 metres above sea level that, whilst challenging, makes for superb garden development when the right cool climate plants are combined.

This year the festival's selection committee has worked carefully and diligently to craft a workable trail of beautiful cool climate gardens for our local community and visitors to enjoy.


The gardens opening for 2020 are a wonderful representation of what can be achieved in any garden, large or small, with vision, creative expression and a desire to connect with nature. 

Additionally, the popular Saturday morning Crookwell Garden Festival Market is returning again this year with a larger offering of stallholders to satisfy the beginner gardener through to those looking for that special plant or garden piece.

We will publish more information about the event and the gardens as it becomes available. 


The Crookwell Garden Festival is currently planned to go ahead on the 7 and 8 November 2020. 


As the event organisers, we are very conscious of the challenges in planning and delivering our popular festival in the face of this major health issue. We are monitoring things closely to ensure we are in a position to hold the festival, subject to advice from the NSW Government at the relevant time.

We are adopting a very proactive and positive approach to ensure we are, as they say, ‘shovel ready’!

We will publish updates here and on our Facebook page as new information comes available.