Where to see be­go­nias

Gardening Australia - - PLANTS -

Bal­larat Be­go­nia Fes­ti­val The re­gional city of Bal­larat in Vic­to­ria has turned its tuberous be­go­nia col­lec­tion into a tourist at­trac­tion. The an­nual Bal­larat Be­go­nia

Fes­ti­val (bal­larat­be­go­ni­afes­ti­val.com), which has run since 1953, is on March 9–11 this year in the Bal­larat Botan­i­cal Gar­dens with gob­s­mack­ing dis­plays of be­go­nias and other plants, along with food, drink and lots of en­ter­tain­ment. It cul­mi­nates with a pa­rade through town on Mon­day March 11.

Be­go­nias fea­ture in the Robert Clark Con­ser­va­tory at the Gar­dens un­til about mid-April, if the weather isn’t too hot. If you would like to see the be­go­nias, call the Gar­dens on (03) 5320 5135 to check if they’re still on dis­play.

Pri­vate gar­dens Owen and

Julie Bed­ford ac­cept group vis­its to their gar­den in Burnie, Tas­ma­nia. For book­ings, call (03) 6431 7770.

Con­ser­va­to­ries, parks and gar­dens In late sum­mer and au­tumn across south­ern Aus­tralia, there are many places to look for good dis­plays of tuberous be­go­nias. Try some of the fol­low­ing: • Machat­tie Park, Wil­liam and

Bathurst Sts, Bathurst, NSW • Cook Park, Sum­mer St,

Or­ange, NSW

• City Park, Ta­mar St,

Launce­s­ton, Tas

• Royal Tas­ma­nian Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, Lower Do­main Rd, Ho­bart, Tas

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