Major milestone for spring festival
This weekend’s Horsham Spring Garden Festival in Horsham Botanic Gardens represents a major milestone for the annual event.
Festival organisers will join patrons on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the iconic gathering’s 30th anniversary.
For many Horsham district people, Horsham Spring Garden Festival corresponds with the arrival of seasonal change where the region emerges from the cold of winter and heralds the start of warmer weather to come.
Others are far less ethereal, pencilling the festival date in the calendar as a simple opportunistic time to find all the plants and products needed for an annual garden overhaul.
Of course, for the vegie garden or flowering native plant enthusiast and outdoor decorator, it is also an ideal time to assess, consider and purchase.
While many people going through the gates will set a beeline for the many varieties of juvenile tomato plants up for sale, others will be drawn to the countless ornamental shrubs, trees and displays of all descriptions.
The perfumed atmosphere of flowers will guide many to a Wimmera Growers of Australian Native Plants display while others in need of a spell after visiting attractions might find some of the outdoor furniture on lawns highly appealing.
Some patrons make the most of the garden bargains on offer and go as quickly as they arrive after finding what they’re after, but others tend to enjoy the ambience of the historic gardens and an opportunity to relax and soak up the spring weather.
This year’s festival will again feature guest speakers, including television gardening presenter Melissa King.
Organisers have also joined forces with Horsham Urban Landcare, which has planned interactive gardening activities for children.
The festival is all about the attractions and benefits of getting out into the environment and appreciating and exploiting what gardens and gardening can offer.
Event spokeswoman Sonia Matthews said this year’s event would feature greater variety of speakers and exhibitors than previous festivals.
“It’s going to be a little different to other years. For example, this year’s free spinning-wheel has a vast array of prizes, donated by Horsham traders up for grabs,” she said.
“We also have an interesting group of speakers, some who have travelled from across the state and beyond, talking about everything from worms to bees are their value in the garden.
“We also have many different stall holders making an appearance so it’s going to be great. We’ve gone to great effort to make this year’s festival bigger than other years so fingers crossed that the weather is kind to us.”
Horsham Cr Mark Radford will officially open the festival, which runs from 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday.
Ms Matthews said adults was $6.
“That’s pretty cheap considering what’s on offer and costs involved, but we’re keen to make it as affordable as possible for people to attend,” she said. entry for