20 August 2014
Spring signals the beginning of an extensive variety of garden shows and festivals across NSW. Take time to smell the roses and see beautiful flora by visiting these great events taking place around the State.
1. Australian Garden Show Centennial Park, Sydney 4 – 7 September
Celebrate Australia’s love of gardens and outdoor spaces at this four-day event in Sydney’s Centennial Park. Join some of the world’s leading experts in the garden talk series, see cutting-edge designer gardens, spectacular floral installations and take home some great gardening tips.
2. Berry Gardens Festival Various gardens around Berry 11 – 14 September
Each year, eight gardens around Berry and the surrounding district are selected for their design, plant varieties and creativity, from vast rural landscapes to small cottage gardens in town. The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year by showcasing three of the gardens that were part of the first festival.
3. Wild About Waratahs Festival Blue Mountains 20 – 28 September
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah hosts this annual festival dedicated to the NSW floral emblem, the waratah. This year’s program includes a display of prize-winning waratah blooms, National Parks and Wildlife guided walks, as well as artwork and plant sales.
4. Oberon and Villages Spring Garden Festival Various gardens around Oberon 13 September – 2 November
A wide range of beautiful gardens across the Oberon region will be on display throughout spring. Among these are the Mayfield Gardens, one of the world’s largest privately owned cool-climate gardens. View thousands of daffodils in bloom in both private gardens and public village gardens during Daffodils at Rydal. The Oberon Garden Club will also host six open gardens in the region, most of which have never been displayed to the public before.
5. Tulip Time Bowral 16 – 28 September
Bowral comes alive during Tulip Time with a full program of events including a food and wine festival, street markets and Music in the Gardens with The Voice Australia finalist Rachael Leahcar.
6. Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival Cowra 27 September
The Cowra Japanese Garden presents its annual Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) offering many exciting cultural experiences demonstrating the traditional Japanese way of life. Be part of a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, learn the secrets of Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), calligraphy or bonsai, or see real Sumo wrestlers in action.
The Leura Gardens Festival celebrates its 50th Anniversary with 11 feature gardens, each with their own distinctive style and character. View magnificent displays of cool-climate exotics such as rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, hellebores and more.
8. Rose Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens 11 October – 16 November
The Hunter Valley Gardens feature more than 100,000 rose blooms of 125 different varieties throughout the annual Rose Spectacular.
9. Griffith Festival of Gardens 17 – 20 October
Griffith opens nine private gardens to the public, ranging from small cottage gardens to stunning country estates. The festival also features the town’s annual citrus sculptures display – be amazed by more than 60 larger than life sculptures created using more than 100,000 oranges.
10. Jacaranda Festival Grafton 25 October – 2 November
A colourful celebration of the hundreds of Jacaranda trees which line Grafton‘s streets. The festival weekend opens with the Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony and includes a wide range of fun events including the grad float procession, Venetian carnival and fireworks display.
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