The threat of gale-like weather over the weekend wasn't enough to dampen the enthusiasm of visitors to the two-day Crookwell Garden Festival.
Organisers estimate about 1300 visitors descended on Crookwell and district for the annual garden festival to smell the roses, enjoy the views of cascading farmland, and be inspired to work in their own backyards.
'Kiloren' garden owners Vicki Middleton and Andrew Tongue estimated about 1000 guests visited their Edna Walling-designed garden on Saturday, November 9.
Others, including the Turner garden on Gorham Road and the Jackson garden on Cowper Street, each had more than 500 visitors.
Many visitors were from drought-affected parts of the country, Mr Tongue said.
Those from NSW towns in the midst of the harsh drought found the green grass and spring blooms a reprieve from their own challenged landscapes.
Mr Tongue and Ms Middleton purchased Kiloren in 2016 from Rob and Jennie Churchill.
The 1951-designed garden is an intact example of Walling's style.
Visitors appreciated the experience of a garden that had remained true to the influential landscape designer's style, Mr Tongue said.
The event was organised by the Crookwell Garden Festival committee and supported by the council.
Committee member Marg Anderson said there were fewer visitors this year, but garden owners were delighted, she said.
The Garden Lovers Market, held on Saturday, was also a success, she said.
The number of visitors per garden averaged between 450 to 850; most had more than 700.
"Kiloren was the favourite garden to visit," she said.
"They sold 280 single tickets, twice the number of the next most popular gardens."
In all, 850 all-garden tickets were sold and nearly 890 single tickets.