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Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin is an award winning tourist destination winning many tourism awards including:

Best Tourist Attraction – NSW Tourism Awards 2004, 2005, 2006 and Best Tourist Attraction Hall of Fame – NSW Awards for Excellence in Tourism, 2007.

Festival of Flowers is a month long event and a highlight in the Hunter Valley tourism calendar being the feature SPRING event for Hunter Valley Gardens. The Festival is all about celebrating spring and seeing Australia’s Biggest Display Garden at its best.

With proven success and coming into its fourth year, Festival of Flowers is expected to attract over 25,000 visitors to the region.

This amazing event is designed to immerse visitors in a visual and sensory experience they will never forget, while communicating lifestyle and gardening interests, encouraging talent and embracing artistic expression all while enjoying the beauty of the Gardens in the delightful season of spring.

There are over 250,000 annuals and 30,000 bulbs planted throughout the many themed spaces of Hunter Valley Gardens along with musical and artistic entertainment, artwork, floral and photographic exhibitions and competitions, cooking demonstrations, information sessions, Gardening talks and tours and fundraising events - a festival sure to impress and engage the whole family.

Address: 71 Mayne Street (New England Highway)
Murrurundi - New South Wales 2338

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Festival of Flowers

1st September – 30th September 2008





















Throughout the week days of Festival of Flowers and increasing over the weekends there will be a program of activities and entertainment to suit everybody, ranging from:
Garden Talks and Tours:
Come and hear our highly trained Horticultural staff talk you through the secrets of gardening. They will cover topics such as:

Cooking Demonstrations:
Skilled and experienced chefs will temp your taste buds with recipes and demonstrations utilising the fresh produce of the gardens and the valley

Artist Zone
Visit our ‘artist zone’ in the amazing sunken garden under the waterfall and relax on a cushion as you watch professional artists create a masterpiece.
Roving entertainment - weekends
Be entertained by a varied array of roving entertainment, including:

Displays and exhibitions - weekends

Throughout Festival of Flowers weekends, there’ll be displays from groups including:



Rodney Swansborough will be demonstrating his chiaroscuro portraiture at the artist zone during the Festival of Flowers.

You will be able to watch Rodney create his masterpieces first hand as he develops each work from the very first sketches to the completed portrait.

The artist zone is an area in the amazing Sunken Garden under the waterfall where people are able to watch artists create a masterpiece.

The Gardens is a beautiful place to enjoywatching painting take place and is an activity that is greatly appreciated by visitors.

The weekends are 6th and 7th, 13th and 14th, 20th and 21st of September.

Rodney regularly undertakes commissioned portraiture and is well known for the way he captures the likeness of the person, especially their eyes.




Every Day Festival of Flowers at Hunter Valley Gardens is sure to amaze, entice, educate and entertain visitors.
Wander through the European-style Formal Garden where the symmetry is identical on both sides.
The Rose Garden contains 8,000 roses and is shaped in a corkscrew design.
Pass through the 180 year old antique Indian Elephant gates to The Indian Mosaic Tea Garden. See the superb mosaic of flowers, groundcovers and pebbles then wander into the Indian Tea House.
The Chinese Moongate Garden features Bamboo, Weeping Mulberries and spectacular Camellia and Magnolia Trees.
The Waterfall and Sunken Garden features a 10-metre waterfall and large garden beds ablaze with the colour of magnificent annual displays.
The Border Garden, which is over an acre in size is influenced by French style parterre gardens with pleaching and hedging.
The Avenue is a beautiful European-style walk lined with Evergreen trees, and magnificent urns with cascading seasonal flowers.
The Storybook Garden is a delight for children of all ages taking the visitor on a journey through childhood dreams, memories and fantasies. Enjoy the Mad Hatters Tea Party with Alice in Wonderland, see Humpty Dumpty, creative topiary.
Enjoy the scented Lavender lining the wall of the Italian Walk leading to Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of birds and animals, together with olive trees and a variety of citrus.
Water, native bird life and the largest display of ‘Zoysia’ grass in Australia surround the Oriental Garden and Japanese Pagoda.
The Lakes Walk is where you will see the cascading waterfall with Snapdragons, Pansies, Polyanthus, Cornflowers and Larkspur planted on its banks. The 30,000 Daffodil bulbs create a picture perfect atmosphere – venture onto the island and take a seat under the Weeping Willow tree so you can take in all the splendour of the garden– all combining to create “A World of Colour”.