Begonia Display

This year’s Begonia Display features six hundred tuberous and non-tuberous Begonias from the City of Ballarat’s famous Begonia collection.

For the first time the display will also feature a tranquil water display landscaped with ferns from the City of Ballarat’s nursery.

Another highlight of the 2019 Begonia Display is the Begonia Towers which feature more than two hundred Begonia boliviensis Bossa Nova.

Gardener's Market

Admire fabulous garden items or make a purchase for your garden. Our garden market stallholders will be ready to help you plan your garden with a large variety of plants available for sale and tools to work your garden.

You also have the option to leave your plants at the Plant Creche with the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens while you explore the festival. Profits made by the Friends are returned to Botanical Gardens projects.

Creative Designer's Market

Purchase creative items from the Designer’s Market as a present or to beautify your own home.

Make sure to visit the Craft Council in the Adam Lindsay Gordon Cottage who stock original and locally-crafted giftware.

Bells Water Gardens

Passionate about creating natural ponds that are eco-systems, habitats for wildlife and a beautiful addition to any garden, Richard and Sally Bell are living the ‘pond life’.

If you are dreaming about a water feature in your own garden, make sure to visit Bells Water Gardens at this year’s festival.

This year’s pond display will have a Japanese theme with many elements you would find in a Zen Garden, such as a moon gate, bamboo, gravel pathways, mossy rocks and stepping stones. We are looking forward to creating this Japanese water garden in the beautiful setting that is the Ballarat Botanical Gardens. See you there! Sally Bell

Floral Art

The Ballarat Floral Art Group showcase their talents with a range of floral art displays. Admire their work at this year’s Floral Carousel and learn some techniques from the masters themselves.

Fish Hatchery Tours

See wild trout and learn more about the incredible efforts of volunteers over the past 148 years at the Ballarat Fish Hatchery.

Guided Tours at 10am, 12pm, 2pm daily (allow approximately 25 minutes).

The hatchery will also be offering tours on demand through the entire long weekend.


Watch the masters at work in the Ballarat Woodworkers Guild marquee. Young visitors will receive a small wooden gift made on-the-spot by these skilled artisans.

Spinners and Weavers

Try your hand at weaving, spinning and felting, or watch the Ballarat Spinners and Weavers at work during their live demonstrations.

FOBBG Nursery

Visit the nursery of the Friends of the Ballarat Botanical Gardens, located behind the Robert Clark Centre and Courtyard.
Profit from the friends’ advice on the best suitable plants and flowers for your own garden.

Western Bulldogs (Sat only!)

Come visit the Western Bulldogs on the Saturday of the festival. On site will be the Fan Engagement Van with lots of fun games and activations for children and adults alike. AFL and AFLW Bulldogs Memberships will be available including our special ‘Ballarat memberships’. The beloved Bulldogs mascot ‘Caesar’ and daughter ‘Whitney’ will also be visiting from 12-2p on Saturday, while the Pack’s mascot ‘Scout’ will also be in attendance.
The Western Bulldogs play the JLT Community Series match versus St. Kilda at Mars Stadium on Sunday 10 March. #GoDogs