Visit Newstead for the Festival of Gardens

Next weekend the little town of Newstead will be part of the Castlemaine and Districts Festival of Gardens with four inspiring and very different gardens to visit. 

Duncan the miniature pony resides at Serenity, the aptly named garden of Christine and Richard Dixon. A beautiful and soothing place, it was begun very simply by Chris as she healed a grief, paving with brick at the the base of a lovely quince. From here the garden has expanded and evolved, bit by bit, to reveal a secret garden, a gentle shaded garden, and voluminous vegetable garden. The lovely paths go on and on and there are plenty of nooks to rest in.

East meets West in the Lacey’s garden which is full of laughter and fun. Here you may ramble through a quirky and whimsical array of bonsais, roses, iris and succulents, along with mosaics, objet d’art and water features.  Barry will be conducting Tai Chi and Bonsai demonstrations. 

Generous, community minded people, Jen and Barry are donating $1 of the entry fee to Parkinsons Victoria and a $1 to the local Men’s Shed.

Both Newstead’s Community Garden, tucked in between the Anglican Church and the levee bank, and Roger McKindley’s Antares Iron Art Garden at the Loddon, have grown from wasteland, now made productive and beautiful, producing food in the case of the Community Garden (which is run on organic and biodynamic lines) and fascinating and whimsical artwork at Antares.

The community garden is a dynamic place where local gardeners work, play and learn together. This festival, plants will be for sale from Frances Cincotta’s nursery, NewsteadNatives.

Roger’s McKindley Antares Iron Art garden is considered a local treasure!  Although he is a professional landscaper, you will find few plants in Roger’s Iron Art Garden, which is created from iron, stone, bone, wood and glass, and reimagined into a bewitching landscape to delight and entice the visitor. 

Come with plenty of time!  Each of these gardens is an inspiration and an eye-opener.

Opening hours vary between Saturday 29 October and Sunday 6 November.  Programs may be found in Newstead at the Rural Transaction Centre, Dig Cafe and IGA. Or go to or

An initiative of Newstead 2021