Botanic and Rare plant Fair - Celebrating Plant Passion

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Join us at the Observatory Precinct, Melbourne Gardens for a weekend of indulging your passion for plants at the new spring gardening event, the Botanic and Rare Plant Fair, jointly hosted by The Diggers Club, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Melbourne Friends.

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 gardenware.

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.

Food and Beverage - provided by Jardin Tan and Piggery Cafe.

Proceeds from this event assist the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to advance the understanding and appreciation of plants.

When

Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October
10am to 4pm

Where

Southern Cross and Observatory Lawns

Melbourne Gardens
Near Jardin Tan Restaurant

Entry

$10 Entry (under 16 free)
$30 Panel discussions

Purchase tickets for panel discussions and general admission HERE

T: 03 9252 2429 - Bookings essential!

Presenters at the Botanic & Rare Plant Fair 2016

Get your tickets to The Botanic and Rare Plant Fair 2016!

Purchase your tickets for general admission, pannel discussions and behind the scenes tours by clicking HERE

Program Saturday 22nd October

Herbarium Behind-the-scenes Tour (Limited tickets)

Discover the inner workings of the Herbarium and go behind-the-scenes. Tour will be presented by Pina Milne, Manager of Collections, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. There are only three opportunities and a limited number of tickets, Tour times 11am - 12noon, 12.30pm - 1.30pm and 2pm - 3pm. BOOK HERE

Passion For Plants Panel Discussion 10.30am - 12 noon

A lively discussion moderated by Elaine Canty with perspectives from the Botanist Tim Entwisle, the Landscape Architect Andrew Laidlaw and the Gardener Clive Blazey.

$30.00 BOOK HERE

After join a special garden tour with Tim and Clive (book separatly)

Passion For Plants Tour 12.30pm - 1pm

A very special opportunity to stroll the gardens with Tim Entwisle, Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Clive Blazey Founder of The Diggers Club. 

$20.00 BOOK HERE

Eucalypts Friend or Foe? Panel Discussion 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Is there a place for eucalypts in our gardens? We all love the bush but do we need to plant it at home? With Millie Ross, Clive Blazey, Rodger Elliot and John Arnott. 

$30.00 BOOK HERE

Future Plants - What to plant in the modern australian garden? Panel Discussion 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Rock stars of the plant world. What to plant in the modern Australian garden with renowned designers and garden makers Jim Fogarty, Scott Leung, Millie Ross and Simon Rickard 

$30.00 BOOK HERE

Program Sunday 23rd October 2016

Rare Book Room Tour (Limited tickets - only 12 per tour!)

The Rare Book Room Tour will be presented by Librarian Sally Stewart. 

$30.00 BOOK HERE 

Passion For Plants Panel Discussion 10.30am - 12 noon

A lively discussion moderated by Elaine Canty with perspectives from the Botanist Tim Entwisle, the Landscape Architect Andrew Laidlaw and the Gardener Clive Blazey.

$30.00 BOOK HERE

After join a special garden tour with Tim and Clive (book separatly)

Passion For Plants Tour 12.30pm - 1pm

A very special opportunity to stroll the gardens with Tim Entwisle, Director of The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and Clive Blazey Founder of The Diggers Club. 

$20.00 BOOK HERE

Rock Stars of The Plant World Panel Discussion 12.30pm - 1.30pm

Renowned designers and garden-makers nominate their top 5 plants. With Teena Crawford, Chris Cole, Michael McCoy, Jeremy Francis and Jane Edmanson. 

$30.00 BOOK HERE

Trees, Hotting Up Panel Discussion 2.30pm - 3.30pm

Future species for gardens and public and public spaces. With Tim Entwisle, Andrew Laidlaw, Greg Moore and Ian Woodrow

$30.00 BOOK HERE

Stallholders both days

Speciality Perennial Nurseries

♦ Antique Perennials

♦ Cottage Farm Perennials

♦ The Diggers Club

♦ Di's Perennials

♦ Misty Downs

♦ Post Office Farm

♦ Victorian Salvia Study Group

♦ White House Nursery

♦ Yellow House Heritage Perennials

Rare Trees, shrubs, succulents and climbers

♦ Alameda Homestead Nursery

♦ Austplants

♦ Cactus Country

♦ The Diggers Club

♦ Exeter Designer Plants

♦ Hannemenn Roses

♦ The Jindivick Country Gardener

♦ Merrywood Plants

♦ Yamina Rare Plants

Collectable Orchids, Ferns and Bromeliads

♦ Australian Orchid Nursery

♦ The Hanging Garden

♦ Helix Australia

Bulbs, seeds and more

♦ The Diggers Club

♦ Drewitt's Bulbs

♦ Botanica Garden Tours

♦ F.D. Ryan Toolmakers

♦ Florilegium Garden Books

♦ Open Gardens Victoria 

♦ Seedscape

♦ Verilywood Artisan Tools

♦ Wormlovers

♦ Wired for Living

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