Festival offers more gardens
GREEN thumbs and all flower lovers should be gearing up for the opening of the Festival of Country Gardens.
The prelude festival will be held this weekend with seven gardens in Balingup, Bridgetown, Nannup and Pemberton taking part.
During the main festival in the first weekend of November, there will be 20 participating gardens, including additional gardens in Manjimup and from Greenbushes to Maranup.
The festival is held over two weekends about a month apart to take advantage of flowers that bloom at different times.
Festival vice chairwoman Carolyn Cabassi said people could expect to see flowering trees, bulbs and daisies.
“We have a lot of new gardens joining the festival this year, which we hope will spike people’s interest in seeing something new,” she said.
“We’re also welcoming back Kandalee, which hasn’t participated in a few years.
“There is plenty to see before the main festival.”
Ms Cabassi said this spring, with its combination of rain and sun, had provided perfect conditions for gardens.
In addition to open gardens, festival highlights include the Spring in the Valley Dinner in the Barn at Ford House on Friday.
Tickets are $95 for a three-course meal and places are limited. Call 9761 1816 to see if there are seats left.
On Saturday there is a flower workshop, a guided tour at the Ashbil Community Garden and a wildflower and bird walk on the Old Abattoir Walk Trail.
On Sunday, guided walks start from 9am, 10.30am and 2pm for various trails in the Greenbushes, Balingup and Bridgetown areas. Visit festivalofcountrygardens.com for more details.
Balingup Lavender Farm is open every day during the Prelude and Main festival.
Lakeside is the participating garden from Pemberton in both this and next month's festivals.
LEFT: Ford House will be open during the prelude festival this month and the main festival next month.
RIGHT: Kandalee will return to the main festival next month.