Fine spring weather drew the crowds to last week’s Leura Gardens Festival, with the event on course for a record result.
Festival president, Brooke Broughton, said the income generated over the nine days was the highest ever.
“Our takings were the best we’ve ever had, they were a record,” he said.
Although organisers had not yet finalised the festival’s expenses, Mr Broughton said: “We’ll certainly have a very healthy sum to help the hospital and the other bodies we assist.”
The festival began in 1965; now in its 53rd year, it has grown to attract visitors not only from around Australia but also from overseas.
There were 11 open gardens, the oldest – Redleaf – more than 100 years old. The youngest, Glenshiel, was planted out only in 2009 but is already showing signs of great maturity.
They also included Everglades, the most famous garden designed by Paul Sorensen, and the sprawling Braes Heritage Garden Estate adjacent to the national park and with magnificent views.
The festival is a major community event, with more than 400 volunteers on the books. They man the gates at each garden, as well as at the two main ticket-selling venues and the plant sales.
The festival culminated in the Leura Village Fair over the weekend, with hundreds visiting the stalls lining the Mall and carpark.