Pre-Festival happenings –
Friday May 5
- Garden Tour of some of the historical gardens and houses around Bridgetown featuring the wonderful Autumn foliage for which this area is recognised.
Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea in garden settings. 9.00am – 4.30pm. Price pp: $70
Bookings and enquiries: Lee Wittenoom,
m: 0404 051 531,
- Autumn Dinner at Ford House
The Barn at Ford House will once again be transformed into a magical place and Jenny Rotman will host a Festival Dinner. A 3-course autumn themed dinner will delight guests.
Bookings essential: (9761 1816). Numbers limited, BYO, $70.00 pp, 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Saturday May 6
- At 9.00am Ashbil Community Garden Stewart St, Bridgetown welcomes you to a show case of our development over the past 5 years. Members of the Community Garden will be available to show you the wicking beds, fruit trees, compost bins, garden structures, espalier fruit trees and perhaps offer you some handy hints for growing your own produce. There will be a talk on Growing Bulbs at 9.30am with Marianne and a communal morning tea at 10am. Come along see how a Community Garden can create a space that grows food and friendships.
- Stop Press – this talk will now be conducted by Lyn Chambers of “Tulips with a Difference” . Lyn will also have bulbs for sale.
- At 8.30am to 3.00pm Bridgetown Autumn 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.
- An ideal opportunity for Mothers’ Day gifts. $5 entry on day of Garden Fair.
- At 5.30pm to 7.30pm Bridgetown Pottery Restaurant and Gallery, 81 Hampton St, Bridgetown, owners Bevan & Pip Mills will host a special Fundraising function “A Daughter’s Gift” for Charlies Foundation for Research Leukaemia & Lymphoma Fund. Ticket price $40 will also include “A Daughter’s Gift”, the rose developed by Landsdale’s as a fundraiser for the fund. Enjoy champagne, wine, iced tea punch and Pimms accompanied by canapes. An art exhibition featuring roses will be a highlight.
Enquiries: (9761 1038)
Sunday May 7
- 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 two years now and visitors will see some of the rehabilitated areas, involving earthworks, plantings of rushes and trees and scrubs. An active community is involved in projects associated with the wetlands, Aquatic macro-invertebrates collecting and identification, a plant Herbarium and waterbird counts. There are exhibits of all this on site and 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 the south entry into Greenbushes and turn 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, well known farm forestry expert and current Chairman of GVTP.
GVTP has been described (on Qantas website 2016) as one of the best places in Australia to see autumn colour.
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 Australian Collection. About an hour. Wear sturdy shoes. Enquiries: (0476 172 900). $5.
- At 3.00pm to 5.00pm a guided walk and talk at Hollmoore the property of Mark & Di Hollett, 52 Reverends Ramble, Bridgetown
Mark will talk on the management of their 5 acres and selection of trees that respond well to the climate in Bridgetown. The tree selection includes many of the popular deciduous species and large conifers. A prize specimen is their first public release Wollemi Pine which Mark says is the biggest he has seen anywhere in Australia, the UK or Europe.
Over the bridge from town, right into the Brockman Hwy toward Nannup. 1 km turn right into Ecclesiastic Close and left into Reverends Ramble, 800 metres to the cul de sac. Park on cul de sac. Enquiries: (9761 1185). $5