Fes­ti­val of­fers more gar­dens

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times Life -

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.

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