Spring is the time of plans and projects.” …Leo Tolstoy
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Festival Coordinator’s Welcome
Welcome to the 2018 Spring Festival of Country Gardens
As I look out my kitchen window I can see the first evidence of blossom on one of my plum trees. When the fruit trees blossom, I know that my favourite time of the year is almost here. In my garden, which usually looks full because of 300 plus roses, it looks like there might be room for a few more favourite plants because the roses have all been pruned. Hopefully they will be in full bloom by the time of the main Spring Festival in November. My bulbs, snowdrops, hyacinths and daffodils have been in bloom for a few weeks, but I was worried about the tulips that were planted a few years ago. Thankfully the leaves are now poking themselves above ground, so I am hoping that they will be in flower by the time of the Prelude.
We currently have 18 gardens opening for the Spring Festival but there may be a few more as some gardeners are considering whether to open. I hope that they do. We have some gardens which have never opened before and some that have not opened for a few years. Apart from visiting the gardens there are many other events for you to enjoy. During the Prelude in October there are wildflower and bird walks to the Wandoo Valley Walk and Winnejup Reserve and a guided walk with Dr Chrissy Sharp through the World Collection of the Golden Valley Tree Park. The wildflower and bird walks will be repeated during the Main Festival in November. There will also be a Petals and Paint Workshop – ‘Impressionism in Bloom’ that will be held on Friday 2 November, a ‘Love a Garden Party’ dinner in the Barn at Ford House and a musical concert at Sunnyhurst. The Bridgetown Spring Garden Fair will be held on Sunday 4th November and this event has lots of garden related and other stalls for you to peruse and enjoy.
I really hope that you enjoy the Festival so much that you decide to return for the 2019 Festivals of Country Gardens in Autumn and Spring. This will be our 20th Anniversary year and we would like to celebrate it with you and your family and friends.
Chairman Blackwood Country Gardens Inc
Coordinator Festival of Country Gardens
The Gardens and Events
The sidebar at right provides links to all the gardens and to the event program.
On Sunday the 4th of November we will be holding our sixteenth annual Spring garden fair to coincide with the Festival of Country Gardens.
The garden fair is held by the Blackwood River in the grounds of Ford House. There will be plant specialists, garden sculptures, unique garden related gifts, tools etc. and of course coffee and delicious food. It is an idyllic location with plenty of room for each stall holder to display their wares. We would love you to participate and help make this another fantastic event for beautiful Bridgetown.
The 2018 Spring Festival includes a program of events, including the Garden Fair. Details will be added to the web site as they are finalised.
The Festival Centre is at Hillview Garden Centre, at 200 Hampton St/South Western Highway – on the left as you come into Bridgetown from Greenbushes.
Enquiries – Phone 0476 172 900