Our gardens have an admission fee, which is donated to Charity. This differs from the competition gardens as they have free entry, and the winners are awarded prizes.
The gardens are private gardens, open for 10 days, which are aimed to look good for 12 months of the year. On display are large and small gardens brimming with trees, flowers and ideas, which we hope will inspire you.
So come along and meet the owners, have a chat, get some advice or purchase plants (not available at all gardens)
A short history:
Since 1950 when the first Carnival of Flowers was held, The Chronicle organised the gardens competition in conjuction with the carnival.
Mr Cec Swenson, a 10 times grand champion after deciding to withdraw from competition, still wished to have his garden and many others to be available for inspection during futher carnivals. So the Exhibition Gardens were born. It was decided to charge visitors to the gardens and donate the proceeds to charitable organisations. Since its establishment in 1973 , there have been nearly 55 different gardens displayed this way.
A group of charitable organisations are selected each year to help at Carnival time. Usually one charity is alloted to each garden where volunteers sell and collect tickets.
More than $697,000.00 has been distributed between selected Charities since 1973.
Garden Tickets can be purchased at all Exhibition Gardens during Carnival time.
Tickets are valid for period of Carnival , and can be used on any day.
A map of the gardens can be obtained in The Chronicle on Friday September 21.
A brochure of all the gardens, with a map included, can be obtained from any of our sponsors (see below). For any further garden information, you can contact us via Facebook or by using the Contact Page.
A special thanks to our sponsors ,
City Golf Club
Garden City Landscape Centre
Leafmore Garden Society
Further visitor information at