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YORK SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL
October 18 2009
is annual event sees four fantastic local
gardens open their gates to the public.
According to festival co-ordinator Veronica
Sherwood, the best part about the festival is
the bus, which drops off and picks up at the
open gardens throughout the day. As well as
the gardens -- which range from big, country
plots to small cottage gardens -- there are
garden-themed stalls, Devonshire teas and
an impressive range of guest speakers on the
For more information call (08) 9641 2777.
NANNUP FLOWER GARDEN FESTIVAL
August 19-23 2010
e 'garden village' of Nannup comes to life for
five days in August. e 2010 festival will be
packed with new and exciting activities for both
the enthusiastic gardener and those looking
for a little entertainment and a weekend away.
e main street will be planted up with tulips,
hyacinths and daffodils, while the town hall will
play host to a spectacular display of tulips and
spring-flowering bulbs. Festival co-ordinator
Heather Walford says the six open gardens make
the festival a particular attraction. ese include
Holberry House, an English cottage garden with
an impressive sculpture walk, Nannup Lavender
Farm -- famous for its hyacinths, tulips and
daffodils -- and Moss Brook Country Estate, a
B&B with a spectacular country garden.
Nannup Garden Village, Warren Road, Nannup.
For more information call (08) 9756 0242.
FESTIVAL OF COUNTRY GARDENS
November 5-8 2009
e Festival of Country Gardens is a spring event
that takes place in the Blackwood Valley and
Manjimup area. ere are 30 gardens open to
the public from November 5-8, with a preview
on October 9-11. " is festival's theme is 'the
productive garden'," explains co-ordinator Peta
Townsing. "It's a celebration of the region's
Mediterranean climate and soils, showcasing
vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruits and vines."
As well as the garden openings there are events
such as morning wildflower walks and evening
sundowners -- more than enough, says Peta, to
ensure a thoroughly enjoyable, garden-inspired
holiday. A smaller festival, called Autumn
Delights, is held over the first weekend of May.
is festival showcases countryside gardens in
the hinterland of the South West.
For more information call (08) 9764 1111 or visit
April 15-20 2010
Garden lovers will be pleased to see the return
of the ever-popular Garden Week at Perry Lakes
Reserve in Floreat. Expect spectacular floral and
landscape displays, expert advice and ideas from
top gardeners and media personalities, activities
for the kids and more than 100 exhibitors,
showcasing everything from native plants to
garden lighting. "Visitors and exhibitors alike
agreed that Garden Week 2009 was the best in
many years, but we now aim to beat that record,"
says event organiser Colleen Mailey. "Anyone
looking for new plant stock, design ideas and
the latest in outdoor furniture or hardscaping
materials will find inspiration aplenty at Garden
Week 2010." Garden Week, Perry Lakes Reserve,
off Underwood Avenue, Floreat.
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ARALUEN BOTANIC PARK
"Contrary to public perception, Araluen Botanic
Park is well and truly open and the gardens are
in their magnificent spring splendour," park
manager Rod Ross says. " ere's a stunning
display of magnolias, rhododendrons, camellias
and many, many more exotic and native
spring blooms... including tulips." Due to past
uncertainty regarding the State Government's
plans for the management of Araluen beyond
June 2009 and the decision of the City of
Armadale to ban parking on the roadway
outside the park, the managers of Araluen were
prevented from holding their traditional and
highly popular 'It's Springtime at Araluen'
festival. However, according to Rod, "Araluen
is a living legacy of a special bygone era and
just the perfect place to spend quality time
with family and friends, especially in spring".
With spectacular waterfalls, scenic bush walks,
stunning gardens, idyllic picnic and barbecue
areas, heritage structures as well as the ever-
popular Araluen train (weather permitting),
there's plenty to do and see.
For more information call (08) 9496 1171 or visit
KINGS PARK FESTIVAL
September 1-27 2010
Kings Park comes alive in September, with
spectacular wildflower displays, free guided
walks and inspirational gardening workshops.
e 'festival marketplace' takes place on the
long weekend in September, when visitors can
enjoy community craft and gardening stalls,
buy native plants at the Friends of Kings Park
plant sale and relax to the soothing sounds
of local jazz talents. " ese great events,
workshops and public presentations provide
excellent opportunities for the community to
appreciate and understand the importance of
our natural landscape, and to learn sustainable
conservation techniques that we can all put in
place," says Jacqui Kennedy, Kings Park festival
manager. "By connecting people with nature
and encouraging an appreciation of its beauty,
the Kings Park Festival aims to create greater
environmental awareness and action, inviting
the people of Western Australia to engage in
simple steps towards protecting our natural
environment for a more positive future."
For more information visit www.kingsparkfestival.
com.au or call (08) 9480 3600.
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