WHAT’S ON - OCTOBER

WHAT’S ON – STAND OUT GARDEN EVENTS AROUND AUSTRALIA

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VICTORIA

Botanic and Rare Plants Fair - October 22nd and 23rd

Join us at the for a weekend of indulging your passion for plants at the new spring gardening event, the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair, Celebrate plants and gardening with plant sales, pop-up talks and tours and an extensive panel discussion program.

Stalls – Exclusive opportunity to purchase rare bulbs, seeds, plants, books and artisan garden-ware direct from the growers and makers.

Experts– Access to specialist knowledge and tips direct from growers.

Panel discussions – Join in lively debates with industry leaders.

Pop-up talks – Hear about hot topics and emerging trends from industry professionals.

Behind-the-scenes-tours – Discover the inner workings of the Herbarium and Nursery.

Plant creche - Shop all day, use the plant creche: gold coin donation.

Live entertainment, food and beverage.

When: October 22nd and 23rd 

Where: Observatory Precinct, Melbourne Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, Vic 

Time: 10am – 4pm

Tickets: Buy here

Organisers: Jointly hosted by The Diggers Club, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Melbourne Friends.

Cloudehill Spring Festival - October 15th and 16th

Join the Diggers Team as we celebrate Spring in the beautiful surrounds of Cloudehill Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges.  A weekend of free garden workshops, local produce stalls and garden tours. Expert grower Ronnie Boekel will display his magnificent Peony Roses in the Diggers nursery and will be available to answer all your Peony growing questions!

LITTLE DIGGERS Children’s activities are scheduled on Sunday from 11am to 2pm Seed sowing, potting on, painting and drawing. Story telling with author of the Herbert Peabody books Bianca Ross from 12 o’clock.

When: 15th and 16th October

Where: Cloudehill, 89 Olinda-Monbulk Road, Olinda, Vic, 3788: 

Time: 10am – 4pm

Tickets: Festival entry $10 
Free for Diggers Club members and children under 16
Organisers: The Diggers Club and Cloudehill Gardens.

Secret Gardens of the Dandenong Ranges - October 17 - 21

Bringing passionate garden-lovers together to share in some of the most beautiful and secret privately-owned gardens in Melbourne.  This exclusive event runs from October 17 - 21, with only 50 places available each day.   An event not to be missed.

Experience private presentations by Joost Bakker, Phil Johnson, Norma Berry and others in their own gardens.

Choose from several packages, starting at Olinda, each morning, and tour though the hills with expert guides.  Experience gastronomical delights, rich history and picturesque gardens throughout the Dandenong Ranges.

When:  October 17th and 21st
Where: 71-73 Olinda-Monbulk Road (Meeting Point), Olinda 3788

Dandenong Rages  

Times: 9am – 6.30pm

Tickets: From $195 for one day to $935 for full five days including coach transportation , garden entry, lunch and refreshments. Buy tickets here

Organisers: Dandenong Ranges Tourism Network.

Introduction to Biodynamics Workshops – October 8th and 9th

Two opportunities to meet experienced biodynamic workshop presenters and gain a practical and clear introduction to biodynamics. Alan Johnstone and John Hodgkinson will travel from Bellingen NSW to share their knowledge and answer your questions.

When: Saturday 8th October (Shoreham) and Sunday 9th October (Toolern Vale)

Tickets: $80

Organisers: Biodynamic Agriculture Australia.

Email: bdoffice@biodynamics.net.au

The Art of Botanical Illustration - October 14th

The Friends are proud to present this beautiful exhibition by leading botanical artists from Australia and overseas. Botanical Illustration is one of the oldest watercolour genres used throughout history to classify the importance of plants. It is a thriving art form and plays an important role in the scientific plant identification process.

This year the exhibition will be opened by Her Excellency, the Hon. Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria and Patron of the Friends. A highlight of the exhibition will be the awarding of the Celia Rosser Medal to the artist/s whose work in the exhibition is judged as outstanding.

When: Friday 14th October (bookings close 7th October)

Where: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive,

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Organisers: The Friends of The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne 

For more Information follow the link here

Doug Purdie, Author of the Bee Friendly Garden - October 21st

The team at Farrell’s Bookshop in Mornington welcome Doug Purdie back to the Peninsula for the release of his second book – The Bee Friendly Garden. Farrells hosted a fantastic session with Doug in 2014 at Heronswood to discuss his first book, Backyard Bees.
This time round Doug shares all his tips on how to encourage bees and other good bugs into your green space.
About the Author
Doug Purdie – a self-professed ‘beevangelist’ – is the co-founder of The Urban Beehive, which manages over 100 hives around Sydney. He teaches beginner beekeeping courses and is the author of Backyard Bees.

When: Friday 21st October
Where: Eco Living Display Centre, The Briars, Mount Martha
Time: 10.30am
Organisers: Farrells Bookshop
Tickets: $15, includes the presentation plus morning tea.

For more information follow the link here

QUEENSLAND

Brisbane International Garden Show - October 6th - 9th 2016

Come and meet the Diggers Team at Brisbane International Garden Show. It promises to showcase the unique Queensland gardening style and will bring together landscape gardening displays for both large and smaller gardens, gardening experts delivering talks and workshops and of course dozens of nurseries and gardening products displaying all the best of spring gardening plants and products.
Members Offer! Diggers members who introduce a friend to The Diggers Club will get a free pair of mini herb shears if they join the club at the show! See you there.

When: 6th – 9th October 2016
Where: Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine
Time: 9am – 4Pm
Tickets: Adult Entry: $20
Aged Concession: $18
2 Day Pass: $35
3 Day Pass: $45
Children 15 and under: FREE
Groups of 10 or more: $18 ea
Car parking: $5 per car
Organised by: Brisbane International Garden Show is organised by the same team that organise the very successful and long running Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour in July.

For more information follow the link here

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Ian Tolley Citrus masterclass - October 30th

Join our special masterclass at the Adelaide Botanic Garden with South Australia's IAN TOLLEY – author, nurseryman and one of the world's leading citrus experts! Ian has been involved in orchard management for over 45 years and has consulted on citrus crop management issues in numerous countries.
In 1995 he was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for services to the community, horticulture and the citrus industry in particular. Ian's masterclasses begin with questions from the audience, which determine the topics to be discussed on the day. Topics typically include: planting, flowering & fruiting, shaping & pruning, selection of appropriate cultivars, site preparation, fertilising, transplanting and pests & diseases.

When: Sunday 30th October
Where: The Diggers Garden Shop, Adelaide Botanic Garden, North Terrace, Adelaide
Time: 10am (runs for 3 – 3.5 hrs)
Tickets: Diggers members $69, non-members $79

New South Wales

Planting Dreams – Shaping Australian Gardens

Gardening is a passion for many Australians. It gives pleasure, sustenance and dignity to daily lives. It cuts across cultural, social and national boundaries like few other activities. - Richard Aitken, Guest Curator
Curated by garden historian Richard Aitken, Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens explores the ideas and influences that have shaped the way we make, use and enjoy our gardens. After searching through the State Library’s collections, he has selected more than 150 rare, beautiful and at times unlikely objects - spanning over five centuries - to illustrate the rich and inspiring story of garden-making.

When: Saturday 3rd September to Sunday 15th January
Where: State Library New South Wales, Macquarie St, Sydney, 2000
Time: 9am – 8pm
Organisers: State Library New south Wales

For more information follow the link here

Canberra

Floriade - September 17th - October 16th

Floriade is Australia's biggest celebration of spring. This iconic Canberra event, which is now in its 29th year, from Saturday 17 September until Sunday 16 October 2016. It showcases one million flowers in bloom throughout Canberra's Commonwealth Park.

Where: Various locations in Canberra

When: 17 September – 16 October 

For more information follow the link here

Western Australia

Open Gardens west coast

Open Gardens West Coast showcases the talents and dedication of Western Australian gardeners and designers through an annual program of open gardens, workshops and other events.


DerynThorpe’s Bryngardd, Mt Lawley

When: Sat 8 Oct – Sun 9 Oct 2016

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Denise’s Garden, Carmel

When: Sat 15 Oct 2016

Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Krannynook, Helena Valley

When: 22 Oct – Sun 23 Oct 2016

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

For nore information click the link here


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