Details of Spring 2017 Festival Events

Open all days of the Festival

Gardens will be open from 9am to 4.30pm.  Please, please check the entry for each garden in this program for details as gardens are open on various days throughout the Prelude and Main Festival.

The Festival Centre will be open from 9am to 5pm each day of the Festival at Hillview Garden Centre, 200 Hampton Street, for programs and more information.

Black Barn Art Gallery: Open from 10 am to 5 pm each day of the Main Festival. An inaugural art exhibition titled “In My Garden”. Artist is Laurie Bullied. The “Black Barn” is at 7 Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown, about one kilometre past Ford House.

Friday 6 October

“Spring in the Valley” Dinner in the Barn at Ford House, Bridgetown. The Barn at Ford House will be transformed into a magical spring theme to set the scene for a delicious 3-course dinner prepared by Bridgetown’s own Chef Extraordinaire Pip Mills. Bookings are essential on 9761 1816. Numbers limited, BYO, $95.00 pp, 6.00pm for 6.30pm.

Sundowner at the Cidery, 43 Gifford Rd, Bridgetown, with music – 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The Cidery makes and sells award winning beer, cider and wine. Light lunch every day.

Saturday 7 October

9 am to 12 noon: Flower Workshop. Immerse yourself in the lushness and romance of spring blossoms, branches and vines as you create a loose, blousy, whimsical arrangement in a gorgeous vintage compote. Then, under the expert guidance of Linda Maxfield of ‘Earth Blooms’, using locally grown, organic, fragrant flowers and botanicals, surprise yourself with your own creativity!
Bookings and enquiries to Linda Maxfield 0427 933 368. Cost $95 includes all flowers, hardware, morning tea and a unique vintage vessel to take home.

At 9.30 am the Ashbil Community Garden, Bridgetown, invites visitors to the garden to join us for a cuppa and guided tour at 9.30am. Come and see garden projects in various stages of development, pick up some handy hints and enjoy our ‘bountiful and productive’ vegetable and fruit garden.
The garden is in the Railway Reserve opposite Scott’s Tavern. Visitors are welcome at any time.

At 2.00 pm a Wildflower and Bird Walk on the Old Abattoir Walk Trail.
Guided walk around the Old Abattoir Walk at an easy pace with good tracks and gentle slopes, about 2 hours. Great floral diversity, jarrah forest and plenty of birds! Meet on the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd about 4.5km from the Bridgetown Recreation Centre by the Old Abattoir Walk sign or drive into the car park area. Learn about the wildflower species and birds encountered with experienced botanist and bird guide Erica Shedley, take photos or just enjoy a stroll around the beautiful relaxing jarrah forest. Wear sturdy shoes, no dogs please. This walk will be repeated on Saturday November 4.
$5 includes light refreshments.

Sunday 8 October

At 9.00 am Guided Walk and Talk at Greenbushes‘The Priority Bittern and  Waterbird Project’ with Dr Per Christensen
The objective of this important project is to convert some of the pools left from early mining operations into habitat suitable for the endangered Australasian bittern and other waterbirds. The BBG (Blackwood Basin Group) has been working on the project for over two years now and visitors will see some of the rehabilitated areas, involving earthworks, plantings of rushes and trees and scrub. Per will give a full run-down on the project, aims, objectives and achievements and results so far. Information will be given about a project on the Red-tail Black Cockatoo including provision of nesting boxes. About an hour duration.
The site is Schwenkes Dam, about 1.5 km along Spring Gully Rd from Greenbushes.
From Balingup, take north entry into Greenbushes, which becomes Blackwood Rd. From Bridgetown, take south entry into Greenbushes and right into Blackwood Rd at the service station.
Coming from Maranup Ford, Turn left into Blackwood Road. Spring Gully Rd runs off Blackwood Road and there will be a sign at the corner. The site is about 1.5 km along Spring Gully Road on the right and parking available. Enquiries: 9764 1291

At 10.30 am a Guided Walk through the splendid World Collection of the Golden Valley Tree Park, Balingup. Led by Dr Chrissy Sharp, co-founder of the arboretum and Mr Bob Hingston, farm forestry expert and current Chairman of GVTP.
At south end of Balingup, from SW Highway, turn into Southampton Rd. Take left turn at fork into Old Padbury Rd and proceed 1.2 km to sign for the World Collection. About an hour. Wear sturdy shoes. Enquiries: 0476 172 900. $5. 

At 2.00 pm A Wildflower and Bird Walk on the Wandoo Valley Walk Trail.
Guided walk around the Wandoo Valley Walk at an easy pace with good tracks and gentle slopes, about 2 hours. Great floral diversity, wandoo woodland and plenty of birds! Turn off the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd about 6km from the Bridgetown Recreation Centre onto Winnijup Rd and drive 0.9km.
Turn right at the transmission power line and drive 200-300m along the power line track to the start of the walk.
Learn about the wildflower species and birds encountered with experienced botanist and bird guide Erica Shedley, take photos or just enjoy a stroll around the beautiful relaxing wandoo and jarrah forest. Event will be repeated on Sunday November 5.
Wear sturdy shoes, no dogs please. $5 includes light refreshments.

Wednesday 1 November

Pre-Festival Garden Tour: “Historical and Traditional Gardens
All day guided bus tour of some of the historic and traditional Bridgetown gardens with beautiful displays. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea in garden settings.
$70 per person. Numbers limited and bookings essential.
Call Lee Wittenoom 0404 051 531 or email:   rosal@rokewood.com

Thursday 2 November

At 6.00 – 7.30pm, the Official Opening of the Spring Festival of Country Gardens at Hillview Garden Centre at 200 Hampton St, Bridgetown. Drinks and nibbles. See map page 10.

Friday 3 November

Petals and Paint Workshop 9am – 3.30pm at Cotmore, 61 Peninsula Road Bridgetown. Cost: $180. Includes all flowers, paints, materials and lunch. Bookings and enquiries: Call Di Holst 0400 332 175

  • PETALS: Using seasonal, organic, locally grown, fragrant blooms and botanicals create a gorgeous spring flower arrangement. Learn useful skills and expert tips from florist of 30 years Linda Maxfield of ‘Earth Blooms’.
  • LUNCH: Enjoy a scrumptious home-made lunch at 100-year-old ‘Cotmore’ on the verandah overlooking the garden.
  • PAINT: Artist Di Holst will help you to craft an abstract painting, taking inspiration from your morning’s floral creation. Using an easy step by step process including sponging, stencilling and fun painting techniques, you will finish a wonderful ‘Confetti’ style artwork.

Sundowner at the Cidery, 43 Gifford Rd, Bridgetown, with music – 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm. The Cidery makes and sells award winning cider, beer and wine.  Light meals and live music available on Friday evening only. Lunch every day of the Festival. Tel. 9761 2204.

Saturday 4 November

9.00 am to 4.00 pm: Art Venue in the ground of Kandalee Farm, Maranup Ford Road Greenbushes.  A variety of artists and sculptors will be displaying their works.

9.30 am to 11.30 am visit the Greenbushes Community Garden to help them celebrate their 9th birthday. Music, market stalls, tours of the garden, cuppas and cake for sale and more. See Page 15. The Community Centre will be open for visitors on all days of the Main Festival.

At 9.30 am the Ashbil Community Garden, Bridgetown, invites visitors to the garden to join us for a cuppa and guided tour at 9.30am. Come and see garden projects in various stages of development, pick up some handy hints and enjoy our ‘bountiful and productive’ vegetable and fruit garden. Open to visitors any time.

At 2.00 pm a Wildflower and Bird Walk on the Old Abattoir Walk Trail.
Guided walk around the Old Abattoir Walk at an easy pace with good tracks and gentle slopes, about 2 hours. Great floral diversity, jarrah forest and plenty of birds! Meet on the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd about 4.5km from the Bridgetown Recreation Centre by the Old Abattoir Walk sign or drive into the car park area. Learn about the wildflower species and birds encountered with experienced botanist and bird guide Erica Shedley, take photos or just enjoy a stroll around the beautiful relaxing jarrah forest. Wear sturdy shoes, no dogs please.

6.30 pmGums and Roses” Dinner in the Barn at Ford House. The barn, resplendent in gum leaves and roses, will bring a special ambience to this sumptuous dinner prepared by Bridgetown’s Chef Extraordinaire Pip Mills. This is guaranteed to be a night to remember with lots of pleasant surprises.
Bookings are essential on 9761 1816. Numbers limited, BYO. $95.00 pp, 6.30pm for 7pm.

Sunday 5 November

8.30am to 3.00pm Bridgetown Spring Garden Fair at Ford House, 14 Eedle Tce, (southern end of town). Fantastic homewares and gift store, plus plants, gardenalia, refreshments, food and coffee available in the large riverside garden.
$5 entry on day of Garden Fair only.

 10am to 3pm WildHerb Basketry at Maranup Ford.
Come along and enjoy a full day workshop creating your own basket from beautiful fragrant herbs such as lavender, rosemary and thyme with artist Sally Stoneman.  Sally has recently been invited to exhibit at Kings Park Wildflower Festival, Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe and will be just home from exhibiting at Sculpture by the Sea at Bondi.
This workshop will take you through the process of sewing your own basket incorporating a variety of herbaceous plants. Sally enjoys experimenting with natural materials to create individually crafted baskets and looks forward to sharing her knowledge at the workshop. All materials supplied – needles, thread, plant fibres and morning tea. Please bring along your own lunch.
Bookings appreciated to Melva Browne phone 9761 1200 so that we have plenty of material on hand. Venue: Maranup Ford House. Cost $100. Materials provided. Bring your own lunch.

At 2.00 pm A Wildflower and Bird Walk on the Wandoo Valley Walk Trail.
Guided walk around the Wandoo Valley Walk at an easy pace with good tracks and gentle slopes, about 2 hours. Great floral diversity, wandoo woodland and plenty of birds! Turn off the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd about 6km from the Bridgetown Recreation Centre onto Winnijup Rd and drive 0.9km. Turn right at the transmission power line and drive 200-300m along the power line track to the start of the walk.
Learn about the wildflower species and birds encountered with experienced botanist and bird guide Erica Shedley, take photos or just enjoy a stroll around the beautiful relaxing wandoo and jarrah forest.

Wear sturdy shoes, no dogs please. $5 includes light refreshments.