Spring 2018 Festival Events

Open every day of the Main  Festival and Prelude

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.

Friday 5th October

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 6th October

WILDFLOWER AND BIRD WALK

9.00am.

Guided walk around the Wandoo Valley Walk at an easy pace with good tracks and gentle slopes, about 2 hours. Great floral diversity, wandoo and marri woodland and plenty of birds!

Turn off the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd about 6km from the Bridgetown Recreation Centre onto Winnejup Rd and drive 0.9km. Turn right at the transmission power line and drive 200-300m along the power line track to the carpark and start of the walk. There are several loop walks to explore. 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.

WILDFLOWER AND BIRD WALK

2.00pm.

Guided walk around Winnejup Reserve on the Blackwood River, about 2 hours. An interesting range of flora is found at this reserve. Vegetation changes from old growth jarrah woodland on deep sand, to denser shrubland along the river and a rocky dolerite hill with low heath and herbs. A good variety of birds are found here due to the diversity of habitats and abundance of tree hollows.

Travel about 6km from Bridgetown on the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd, turning right into Winnejup Rd, then drive about 14km to the Blackwood River and park on the east side of Winnejup Bridge.

An easy walking track takes us to view the river and waterbirds, then around the reserve to observe the different wildflowers and bushbirds. The walk up the hill is a little uneven and not well defined but is well worth the effort. Wear sturdy shoes, no dogs please.

$5 includes light refreshments.

Thursday 1st November

OFFICIAL OPENING

6.00pm

2018 Spring Festival of Country Gardens at the festival centre-hillvirw Garden Centre, 200 Hampton St, Bridgetown.

All welcome.

Friday 2nd November

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.

PETALS & PAINT WORKSHOP

“Impressionism in Bloom”

Time: 9am-3.30pm

PETALS:

Using seasonal, organic, locally grown, fragrant blooms and botanicals, create a gorgeous spring flower arrangement inspired by the style of the impressionist painters. Learn useful skills and expert tips from florist of 30yrs Linda Maxfield of ‘Earth Blooms’.

LUNCH:

Enjoy a scrumptious home-made lunch on the verandah of 100yr old ‘Cotmore’ overlooking the garden

PAINT:

Artist Di Holst will help you to craft a complimentary painting, taking inspiration from your mornings floral creation. Using an easy step by step process including collage and fun painting techniques, you will finish a wonderful  artwork. No painting experience needed.

COST: $195- Includes all flowers, paints, materials and lunch.

Where:’Cotmore’ 61 Peninsula Rd, Bridgetown.

BOOKINGS and ENQUIRIES: Call Di 0400332175

 

WILDFLOWER AND BIRD WALK

Starting at 2.00pm.

Guided walk around Bridgetown Jarrah Park, about 2 hours.

Drive south over the main bridge in town then turn right and enjoy a scenic drive along Brockman Highway for about 20km following the Blackwood River to Bridgetown Jarrah Park. Turn right at the sign and drive along a short track to the secluded picnic area with toilets. Explore two of the four loop walks that meander along Maranup Brook with botanist and bird guide Erica Shedley. You are welcome to continue at your leisure. These tracks take you through differing habitats with all four of the main tree species present (Karri, Jarrah, Marri and Blackbutt) and an abundance of colourful wildflowers in spring. Old growth trees, fallen logs, banksias, tall shrubs and moist creekline habitat attract a variety of birds. Wear sturdy shoes, no dogs please.

$5 includes light refreshments.

LOVE A GARDEN PARTY DINNER IN THE BARN @ FORD HOUSE

6.30 pm for 7.00 pm A delicious dinner will be prepared by Pip Mills, Chef Extraordinaire. See the Barn at Ford House, 16 Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown, transformed into a magical spring garden. Bookings essential Tel. 9761 1816

Cost: $95.00pp.

Saturday 3rd November

WILDFLOWER AND BIRD WALK

Starting at 9.00am. Guided walk around the Old Abattoir Walk, the closest wildflower walk to Bridgetown, 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, jarrah forest ecology 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.

$5 includes light refreshments.

GREENBUSHES COMMUNITY GARDEN AND EDUCATION CENTRE

9th Birthday Celebrations

09.30-12.00 At 10.30 there will be a 30-minute Fauna Friendly Garden talk with the ABC’s Frog Doctor – Dr Johnny Prefumo. There will also be a Quick-Fire photo competition at the garden with prizes; seed bomb making for the kids and a Tree Blessings event.

In addition, there will be morning tea, Birthday cake and a Crop Swap. Wildflower and Bird Walk starting at 2.00pm. Guided walk around the Wandoo Valley Walk at an easy pace with good tracks and gentle slopes, about 2 hours. Great floral diversity, wandoo and marri woodland and plenty of birds!

Turn off the Bridgetown – Boyup Brook Rd about 6km from the Bridgetown Recreation Centre onto Winnejup Rd and drive 0.9km. Turn right at the transmission power line and drive 200-300m along the power line track to the carpark and start of the walk. There are several loop walks to explore. 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.

ASHBIL COMMUNITY GARDEN BRIDGETOWN

9.00am to 11.00am

Visit the Ashbil Community Garden in Bridgetown, wander through the garden including the recently completed and thriving Bush Tucker Trail. It has excellent signage and is a real education for anyone interested. Community Gardeners with be there on Saturday morning but people can wander through at anytime.

Sunday 4th November

BRIDGETOWN SPRING GARDEN FAIR

8.30 am to 3.00 pm

Ford House, 16 Eedle Terrace, Bridgetown.

We would love you to come and enjoy our sixteenth Annual Spring Garden Fair. There will be plant specialists. Garden sculptures, delicious coffee and food to indulge in. The Fair will be full of spring delights.

S5 per person entry.

GUIDED WALK IN THE GOLDEN VALLEY TREE PARK

9.30am.

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 Jeff Pow, Committee member. At this date the Tree Park should be glorious!

At the south end of Balingup, from the SW Highway turn into Southampton Road. Take left turn at fork into Old Padbury Road and proceed 1.2km to the sign for the World Collection. About an hour. Wear Sturdy Shoes. Enquiries 0476 172 900.

$8.