Edogawa Commemorative Garden
A place to be at peace
Edogawa Commemorative Garden is certainly a special place on the Central Coast. I had heard about this garden for quite a while so was super keen to visit. A school holiday day provided the perfect day!
Interestingly the Garden was a gift from Gosford’s Sister City, Edogawa in Japan. It was opened in 1994 and since this time has welcomed visitors from far and wide.
It sits across approximately 4,000m2 and being based on a traditional Japanese ‘shuyu’ (strolling style) garden makes it easy to get around. Being small also means it is perfect for children, the elderly, wheelchairs and prams and for those just looking for an easy walk.
A tour of the garden
The Edogawa Commemorative Garden is divided into five key areas being the Drystone Garden, Tea House, Lotus Pond, Koi Pavillion and Wisteria Walk.
Upon entering the garden there is an easy, level path that leads you through the sections – head right to the Drystone Garden or left to the pond and Koi Pavillion. Our group meandered around the garden with kids heading off in all directions. The great thing was the garden is fully enclosed so kids are pretty safe, although of course it is important to keep the little treasures under control.
If you like a bit of technology then make sure to ask at the Gallery Reception for access to a multimedia Garden Tour or download the Gosford Regional Gallery app now. Hardcopy maps are also available from reception.
Wander through the well maintained paths and enjoy the calm
Feed the fish
One of the really popular activities at the Edogawa Commemorative Garden is fish feeding! The Lotus Pond is full of brightly coloured Koi who are always looking for a bit to eat. Please do not bring your own food – special fish food is available for purchase at the gift shop and costs $1.00. My kids loved doing this and it occupied them for ages! And the fish were pretty happy too.
Get fishing…well fish feeding!
Another really popular activity at the garden is drawing. As you wander around the garden you will notice adults and children sketching and drawing, taking inspiration from the peace and calm of the garden.
As you enter the garden there is a stand where you can take paper and crayons and an art board for free. The kids loved sitting by the pond drawing and colouring and it was so nice to see them occupied outside being creative.
Art packs are also available from the gift shop for around $7.50.
Use the art supplies to create your own masterpiece
Gosford Regional Gallery
Also located onsite is the Gosford Regional Gallery. This is a great gallery with three exhibition spaces that change on a regular basis. Definitely worth a look through after exploring the garden. Check out their Exhibition Program so you know what’s on before you go.
There is also a cafe and gift shop located within the gallery space.
Enjoy the fantastic gallery space
Outside of the garden and gallery grounds you will also find a Friendship walk which is great for all ages being relatively short and level and a great park with excellent play equipment, picnic tables and free BBQ’s.
Take time out in the outdoor spaces
Five reasons to visit Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden
- Take an easy stroll along the well maintained pathways
- Feed the hungry hungry Koi fish
- Enjoy a browse through the Gosford Regional Gallery
- Enjoy the use of the free BBQ
- Brush up on your art skills and draw a sketch for a loved one
- Entry: Free
- Toilets: Yes
- Wheelchair friendly: Yes
- Free carparking: Yes
- Free BBQ facilities: Yes
- Time to spend here: 2 hours to all day
- Food available: Yes
- Address: 36 Webb Street, East Gosford NSW 2250
- Further details: Visit Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden’s directory listing
More free things to do
After exploring the garden why not: