Open Gardens - Nurseries - Garden Supplies

The Southern Highlands, with its four distinct seasons, is famous for its gardens.

Spring brings a display of annual and perennial flowers and bulbs, and the widespread plantings of European trees - many over a century old - and shrubs, allows nature to clothe autumn with its manifold colours. The Australian landscape itself also blossoms throughout the year with Native Flora.

The Highland's horticultural heritage goes back to the late 19th century, and early 20th century when the nurseries of some of Australia's most famous seed producers were housed here. And over the years, some of Australia's most famous landscape and garden designers have worked on local properties.

Today the miracle of the seasons is celebrated by thousands of local gardeners in their plantings, a wide range of specialist NURSERIES and garden suppliers, spectacular and famous private gardens, and the annual Bowral Tulip Time Festival.

Private Gardens usually open in spring and autumn - although many also open by arrangement at other times of the year. Dates for Open Gardens are listed under garden entries below.


tuliptime logo 12 - 24 SEP 2017: BOWRAL TULIP TIME

Tulip Time at Bowral is one of Australia's biggest floral festivals, attracting tens of thousands of visitors.

The centrepiece to festivities is a massed display of 100,000 tulips in Corbett Gardens, Bowral.

There are also private gardens open for inspection - including tours and talks; a street fair; window displays; and entertainment throughout the festival in Corbett Gardens.

Group and coach bookings are welcome. Contact Tourism Southern Highlands on 1300 657 559.


Corbett Gardens is a public park in the centre of Bowral, open free except during Tulip Time when an entrance fee applies.

The Wingecarribee Shire Council maintains floral displays in the park throughout most of the year. In spring it is the focus of the Tulip Time Festival, when tens of thousands of tulips are on display. (The Council also maintains floral displays at Winifred West Park, Mittagong; and at Leighton Gardens, Argyle Street Moss Vale.)

Cnr. Wingecarribee & Bendooley Streets, Bowral

Corbett Gardens is open every day from 9.00am to 4.00pm during Tulip Time in September (Saturdays 6.00pm)..

Entrance fee: $12 adults; $7 Concession/Seniors card holders and children 13 -17 years; local residents and children under 12 free. Group bookings - $6 per person for groups of 20 or more, prepaid in advance.


Six private gardens in the Highalnds open to view autumn colour.

Open 10.00am to 4.00pm. Entry $6 per person single garen or $40 all weekend entry to all gardens Includes plant fair from 9.00am to 4.00pm at the Southern Highlands Botanical Gardens site, Kangaloon Road. A fund raiser for the Botanical Gardens.

Tickets available at any of the gardens. For details and on-line ticketing see the website.



Enjoy eight private village gardens opened specially for this weekend and featuring an abundance of Spring flowering cold climate plants.  Browse the Garden Market where plants and gifts are for sale. 

See a working display of old farm engines, visit the local History Museum. Hire a bicycle or bring your own for the day.  Stay for the weekend and explore the many delights that Bundanoon offers.

Bundanoon Memorial Hall and Village.

Gardens open 9.30 to 4.30 both days.   Tickets, garden descriptions and map from the Soldiers' Memorial Hall.  A charge of $20 per person or $15 concession covers entry to all of the open gardens for both days; $5 single garden; children under 16 free.  Free shuttle to gardens.  Group enquiries email info@bundanoongardenramble.org.au.


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Arguably the best garden in the Highlands, Moidart's gardens were laid out in the 1930s.

Five acres of beautifully structured gardens with many mature specimen trees, a Sunken Rose Garden, Terraces with perennial borders, Woodland Garden, and garden walks through bulbs and blooms in spring.

A delight in spring, the 70 year old deciduous trees make Moidart one of the best gardens to see in autumn also.

Eridge Park Road, Bowral 2576.
Phone: (02) 4861 2600 - Fax: (02) 4862 1572

Moidart is open in Spring 2017 11 SEP - OCT 2 and Peony, Rose and Hydrangea Weekend 11 - 12 NOV from 10.00am to 4.00pm (last entry 3.30pm. Groups of 21+ welcome at other times by prior arrangement.

Entrance fee $7.00pp. (Concession for coach groups over 20 people - $6.50 in one payment; bus driver and/or Botanical Guide free)). Coach parking available; plants for sale.

For more information see our webpage.


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A colourful perennial garden set in 1.25 acres with informal plantings in a formal setting consisting of herbaceous borders, potager, angel garden, stream and pond, peony garden, alpine troughs, rare plants and a developing woodland garden.

Note: For peonies, best time to see blooms of 100 varieties is mid October to early November. We also have tree peonies and other rare plants for sale.

Chinoiserie also has B&B accommodation - garden lovers welcome - click here to visit our website.

23 Webb Street, Mittagong 2575.
Phone: (02) 4872 3003 - Fax: (02) 4872 1808

Garden is open in 2017: Autumn 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17 APR and during Spring 12 SEP - 12 NOV, 10.00am to 4.30pm. Other times by appointment. Entrance fee $7 per person and $6 per person seniors and groups.

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Perennial Hill
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Situated on the 'sunny side' of Mt. Gibraltar, Perennial Hill is a jewel in the making.This one acre garden is comprised of many rare and unusual plants, creating a garden of immense beauty and tranquility.  

The garden is divided into a series of rooms with different themes and contrasting styles which include magnificent dry-stone walls and unique poplar 'hurdles'.

Full of variety, this charming garden shows country style at its best. (Toilet available; on-street parking.)

1 Nero Street, Mittagong 2575.
Phone: 0409 244 200; email:

Garden is open 10.00am to 4.00pm daily from 12 - 24 SEP and each weekend in October and November. Other times by appointment. Entrance fee $8 per person, children under 16 free.

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Winifred West Park

Public park open free all year round. Display of tulips during Tulip Time.

Old Hume Highway, Mittagong.


Robertson Gardens 7 - 8 OCT: ROBERTSON OPEN GARDENS

Stroll through 7 beautiful gardens. $5 per garden or $20 for all gardens.

Tickets valid for both days and are available from the CTC Technology Centre on the main road in Robertson.

For further information about the Robertson Open Garden weekend and other activities in Robertson over the weekend, visit www.robertsonopengardens.weebly.com and www.robertson.nsw.au

For more information phone 0401 425 565 or email robertsonopengardens@gmail.com

Robertson gardens are open in Spring 7th & 8th Oct 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Moidart Rare Plants
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Rare and collectable plants for sale: specialising in cool climate and shade plants for home and garden.

Our retail nursery is open 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday for sale to the general public.

A selection of rare plants are available exclusively on-line at MOIDART RARE PLANTS.

Eridge Park Road, Bowral 2576.
Phone: (02) 4861 2600 - Fax: (02) 4862 1572

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  • Design & establishment of rural landscapes & revegetation
  • Suppliers of quality plants for farms & gardens
  • Wholesale and retail sales

In an environmentally precarious age, when much of our natural vegetation has been lost, Wariapendi specialises in the propagation of native trees, shrubs, plants, and flowers suitable for revegetating rural properties, parks, and home gardens. Our natural wildlife, birds, and insects depend on such vegetation for survival, as does our unique ecology.

We also specialise in flora native to the Southern Highlands region. Open Tuesday to Friday 8.30 am - 4.30pm; 8.30am - 4.00pm Saturday; closed Sunday, Monday.

33 Church Avenue, Colo Vale (12km north of Mittagong - Colo Vale exit off F5 Freeway)
(PO Box 138 Mittagong 2575)
Phone: (02) 4889 4327 - Fax: (02) 4889 4092 - email:

also: Bundanoon Bloomery; Bundanoon Village Nursery; Bunnings, Mittagong; Home Hardware, Mittagong; Home hardware, Moss Vale; Established Landscape Trees, Burrawang; Mittagong Garden Centre; Robertson Village Nursery; Welby Garden Centre

Last updated 6/10/17