Paul Bangay's Stonefields Open Garden FAQs
When do tickets go on sale?
Tickets are available online from Thursday, 5 July 2018.
How do I book my ticket?
You have two options:
- Book now online for early-bird pricing
- Purchase tickets at the gate during the event weekend
You choose the date and time of your visit when you book online. The date and time of your visit will be printed on your ticket.
Why do I have to choose the time of my visit, and how does it work?
The staggered entrance times have been designed to ensure the right number of visitors in the gardens at any one time so that each guest can enjoy the optimal viewing experience.
For general admission, there are four sessions to choose from: 10.00 am–12.00 pm, 12.00 pm–2.00 pm, 2.00 pm–4.00 pm, and 4.00 pm–6.00 pm. We estimate that two hours will provide you ample time to view the gardens and visit the Community Market. However, you’re most welcome to enjoy the gardens at your own pace.
Can we arrive earlier or later than our entrance time?
We ask that you arrive within the time printed on your ticket.
How much do tickets cost?
General admission – online bookings (+booking fee): $30 per person from 10.00 am–4.00 pm; $25 from 4.00 pm–6.00 pm.
General admission at the gate: $40 per person from 10.00 am–4.00 pm; $25 from 4.00 pm–6.00 pm.
Private Tour with Paul Bangay – online bookings only: $250 per person (includes on-site Premium Car Park, gift bag and access to the gardens and Community Market).
Premium Car Park - online bookings only: $30 per vehicle.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, book an exclusive Private Tour of Stonefields with Paul Bangay, proudly sponsored by Ross Garden Tours, and discover the stories behind the gardens. This a tailored experience and tickets are strictly limited. Private Tours are scheduled to take place from 8.30 am–9.30 am on Saturday and Sunday, 17 and 18 November. Ticket price includes complimentary on-site parking at the Premium Car Park and a wonderful gift bag with mementos to take home with you. Don’t miss out.
How much is entrance for children?
Children under 12 enter free. Book a child's admission ticket for any children travelling with your party.
Will I get a refund or ticket change if I cannot attend?
Due to high demand, tickets are non-refundable and not interchangeable.
Where do I find important information on the day of the event?
Join our Facebook event page for up-to-date news.
Private Tours: 8.30 am-9.30 am
Stonefields Admission: 10.00 am–6.00 pm. We suggest you enter no later than 5.00 pm to allow enough time to enjoy the garden.
Parking and access
How do I get there?
Stonefields can be accessed via car. View or download the map for driving directions.
Will there be free parking?
The Official Car Park is located off-site at 626 Daylesford-Malmsbury Road, Wheatsheaf VIC 3461. Spring Hill CFA and Tylden CFA are operating the Official Car Park for a gold coin donation per vehicle to support their work. On arrival, you will be directed to coaches departing every 10 minutes for Stonefields. View or download the map for directions on how to access the carpark.
Can I purchase on-site parking?
Yes, there is limited parking available at the Premium Car Park proudly sponsored by ULR Jaguar Land Rover. The Premium Car Park must be booked online and in advance of the event weekend (unless you have booked a Private Tour, which includes a Premium Car Park). The cost is $30 per vehicle and all proceeds go to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. The Premium Car Park is located on-site at Mains Road, Denver, VIC 3461. View or download the map for directions on how to access the carpark.
If I forget something in my car at the off-site Official Car Park, can I go back in the shuttle bus and be re-admitted to Stonefields?
Of course. Shuttle buses will be running approximately every 10 minutes between the car park at Wheatsheaf and Stonefields.
Is Stonefields wheelchair and pram friendly?
Key elements of the garden’s design, such as steep slopes, steps and narrow pebbled paths, means that the site is not accessible to wheelchairs or prams.
Are dogs allowed?
Dogs are not permitted in the grounds. The exception is assistance dogs.
What can I see and do at Stonefields
What food and beverages will be available?
A wonderful selection of fine food and beverage stalls featuring local ingredients. Join our Facebook event page for up-to-date information.
Will there be market stalls?
Yes. Pick-up something special for the gourmand or garden lover on your Christmas list! We’re hosting a Community Market with rare and unusual plants for sale, items made by local school children and many other unique keepsakes.
In addition to the Community Market, Paul and Stephanie will be signing copies of their books, which will be available to buy.
What can we expect will be in bloom?
The open garden takes place while the gardens are at their most abundant. Your walking tour of Stonefields will reveal spectacular colour, timeless design, formal garden rooms, and perfectly sculpted hedges and lawn areas. You will also see Paul’s vast collection of rare and stunning perennials in vibrant shades of blue, violet and magenta. Black-flowering iris in the elegant red rose garden contrast with blossoms in cream and burgundy that grow among some of the gardens most stunning sculptures.
I went to the last open garden in 2016. Will there be anything new for me to see?
Yes, but we can’t give everything away so here’s just a taste: new additions include the double perennial borders below the pool, a deep purple lilac walk and an enlivened vegetable garden.
Will we be able to bring any plants home with us?
Absolutely. Rare and unusual plants, bulbs and seeds will be available for purchase all weekend long.
What should I bring with me on the day?
To help reduce waste at the event, please consider bringing your own reusable coffee cups and bags. Reusable bags will also be available for purchase at the book signing marquee.
As an all-weather event, you should also bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the outdoors and wet conditions.
If I want to learn more about Paul Bangay’s garden designs, what can I do?
Will Stephanie Alexander be at Stonefields over the weekend?
Yes, Stephanie will be signing books, available for purchase.
What happens if it rains?
Please come prepared - this is an all-weather walking event. We recommend that you bring clothing and footwear appropriate for the outdoors and cool spring weather.
How can I learn more about the Kitchen Garden Foundation?
I don’t see the answer to my question here, who can I ask?