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Gardens in the central South West of Western Australia will be open to visitors in 2012 as part of the Festival of Country Gardens in spring - October and November.

News Flash:  Festival wins award for 'Community Event of the Year' for 2012 to be presented at the Australia Day Breakfast, Bridgetown Showground, at about 8.45 am. 

Largely run by volunteers, the Festival was begun in 1999 with, since then, the Garden Exhibitors putting in many hours of work and with support from many people such as those who lead the popular Walks to explore aspects of the local countryside and who give presentations about garden-related topics.  

The Festival spans several towns of the South West thus making it a regional event.  To continue the Festival is in urgent need of helpers particularly with the event administration.  The work is not onerous, nor is it rocket science.  It can take lots of time or as little as you can give, but any work provided will help spread the load.

Memberships are now due from 1 January and last two years.

We look forward to hearing from new helpers!

Newsletter for February is now out.

The dates for 2012 are Prelude: Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October and 

Main Festival: Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 November 2012.
Every garden is open each day of the Prelude and the Main Festival from 10 am to 5 pm.

Garden gates will be opened in picturesque country villages and the small towns for exploring what is behind the garden fence.

The locations are in the scenic south west of Western Australia that includes Balingup, Bridgetown, Donnybrook, Manjimup and Nannup.

In addition to gardens opening there will be morning walks and evening sundowners with a garden theme over the Festival days, so that visitors and local people can enjoy a garden-inspired holiday.  

Amber Valley Orchard

Garden No. 155, Balingup

Begun many years ago the garden has mature trees to give it structure with beautiful views across valleys and hills.

Amber Valley opened for the first time in 2011.

© growing country gardens 2012