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The Secret Garden Workshops The second
of three hands-on workshops with Pat
Poynton. $95/ticket includes a journal,
April 5, Brookland Valley Vineyard, Margaret
Garden Week 2011 This is the 40th
Anniversary of this event and it promises
inspiring displays, new-release plants,
demonstrations and talks. Check website for
entry details, April 7-11, Perry Lakes Reserve,
Floreat, www.gardenweek.com .au.
Landscape Australia Expo This trade-
only event, the biggest in Australia for
the industry, is for those involved in the
design, specification, construction and
maintenance of public, commercial and
residential landscapes. Free entry, April
14-15, RNA Showgrounds, Fortitude Valley,
Brisbane, www.landscapeexpo.com .au.
ABC Gardening Expo Discover innovative
new products, and learn eco-friendly
gardening techniques. $15/ticket, April 15-
17, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre,
Brisbane, www.abcgardeningexpo.com .au.
XVIII International Botanical
Congress The Australian botanical
community and colleagues from
around the world will congregate
to discuss current research before
heading out on field trips across the
country. July 23-30, The Melbourne
Convention and Exhibition Centre,
The Secret Garden Workshops This
is the final event in a series of three
exciting hands-on workshops with
Pat Poynton in her exceptionally
beautiful Secret Garden at Margaret
River. $95/ticket including a garden
tour and journal, July 26, Brookland
Valley Vineyard, Margaret River,
RHS Chelsea Flower Show The world’s
most famous garden show. Check website
for entry details, May 24-28, Royal Hospital
Chelsea, London, www.rhs.org.uk.
Autumn Delights Visit stunning country
gardens in the WA towns of Bridgetown,
Balingup, Boyup Brook, Manjimup and
Nannup. Mostly free events, May 6-8, www.
Kings Park Festival The annual Kings
Park Festival is a month-long celebration
with events including gardening and
art workshops, guided wildflower and
bird walks, live music and theatre in the
Botanic Garden, markets and more. Mostly
free entry, September 1-30, Kings Park,
Perth, WA, www.bgpa.wa.gov.au.
Tourists from around the globe come to gaze at our
spectacular West Australian wildflowers, and there
are plenty to see, with more than 12,000 species
in WA – and counting. More than 60 percent are
found nowhere else in the world. They create a
glorious blaze of colour across WA from July until
November, with the earliest blooming in the Pilbara
in July. As you head south, the season starts a bit
later, and ends in the southern regions in November.
Different species appear in different regions, from
yellow native hibiscus in the Pilbara to kangaroo
paws in Kalbarri National Park, to carpets of
everlastings south of Mullewa and dainty orchids
around Pemberton, Albany and Margaret River.
There are many walking trails to take you up close
to them, for example, the Cape to Cape Track in
the South West between the lighthouses of Cape
Naturaliste and Cape Leeuwin – walk a section
of it just for an hour or hike for several days.
There are also wildflower driving trails taking in
large areas of the State. Wildflower tours are also
available from one-day to four-day trips or longer.
For more information, visit www.wildflowerswa.com
The Herald Sun Home Show & Garden
Expo See the latest trends in building and
outdoor living and get free expert advice.
From $14/ticket, 18-21 August, Melbourne
Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, www.
Landscape Australia Expo A trade-only
event for professionals. Free entry, August
25-26, Melbourne Showgrounds, Melbourne,
The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival
Traditionally a five-day festival held in the
idyllic country town of Nannup, featuring
open award-winning gardens, guest
speakers, guided tours, markets and live
entertainment. Free entry (there’s a small
entrance fee for some gardens), August 2011,
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