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Open Gardens

Enjoy the Open Gardens at River Gardens Axedale.


Explore our open gardens each weekend.

From late October to Mothers Day weekend in May, River Gardens Axedale is a blaze of color and perfume. Visitors thrill at the sight of roses, salvias, lavender, cosmos, bearded iris and more.

River Gardens Axedale opens our gardens to the public most weekends from the last weekend in October to Mothers Day weekend in May each year. Gardens are closed in February due to heat. Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day..

Next Open Gardens:

  • Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th March
  • Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd April 
  • Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th April
  • Friday 15th, Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April (Good Friday & Easter Saturday & Sunday
  • Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th April
  • Saturday 30th April & Sunday 1st May
  • Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th May (Mothers Day)

Open 10:30am - Close 4:00pm (Weather permitting)

Gardens Admission: Adults $8 - Children 12 & Under Free

Devonshire Tea: $9.50 (Homemade scone with jam. cream and a pot of tea or plunger coffee)

Club and Coach Special: Admission + Devonshire Tea with bottomless cup of tea or coffee: $16.00 

Note: Minimum of 20 visitors required for Club and Coach special deal. Club and Coaches welcome 7 days from late October to May - Bookings for this are essential.

Private functions can also be catered for: e.g. Weddings, Bridal showers, Baby showers, Birthday afternoon tea's Please call to discuss.

The venue is perfect for wedding ceremonies and photos and High Tea or Grazing tables can be provided or you can bring in your own caterer.

Enquiries: 0425716369 or email 

Visit our garden plants page to see which plants are suited to the Axedale, Bendigo and Heathcote areas.

Open Gardens Central Victoria

The Bendigo and Central Victoria region has some lovely private gardens which are opened to the public periodically throughout the year.

The Zonta Club of Bendigo regularly promotes open gardens as a fund-raiser.

The village of Redesdale has an open gardens weekend in March along with their Bush Market.

The thriving town of Castlemaine has a bi-annual Festival of Gardens which sees gardens opened to the public from Castlemaine to Maldon and surrounds.

Heathcote and Wedderburn have also had open garden days.

Private gardens which are regularly open in the area include Sally's Garden in Bendigo and Mica Grange near Sutton Grange.

The City of Greater Bendigo readily promotes their beautiful public gardens at Rosalind Park, the Botanic Gardens at White Hills and the Conservatory Gardens in Park Road.

The Conservatory was built in 1897 and is said to be the last building of its type in a public park in Victoria.

About Us

River Gardens Axedale is a family owned and operated sheep and cropping farm on the banks of the Campaspe river in central Victoria. Luxury B&B accommodation is available on the property.

Accommodation was purpose built and opened in 2015 as a Bendigo and Heathcote B&B Farm Stay. River Gardens Axedale is just minutes from local wineries, cellar doors and vineyards.

Rose Gardens were opened to the public in April, 2019. Gardens are open most weekends from late October to early May. Gardens are closed in February due to heat.

Your new hosts are husband and wife Mark McGann and Wendy Johnson.

Bed and Breakfast

Book our luxury bed and breakfast unit on the banks of the Campaspe river. Spend the night from as little as $180 which includes free NBN WiFi.

River Gardens Bed and Breakfast is situated just minutes from the wineries and cellar doors of Axedale, Eppalock, Mandurang, Elmore, Toolleen, Mount Camel, Bendigo and Heathcote.

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River Gardens Axedale
91 Brownes Lane
Axedale Victoria 3551
Phone: 0425716369
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