Ma­jor mile­stone for spring fes­ti­val

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News - BY DEAN LAW­SON

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.

Guest speak­ers

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

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