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Come join us at the Plant Lovers Fair 2017- September 23rd & 24th- Kariong
Looking for something special for your garden? Finding it hard to find a particular plant that you've always wanted? The solution is just around the corner. The Plant Lovers Fair is a fantastic annual local event catering to keen gardeners on the Central Coast and beyond, and is returning to Kariong in September.
Plant fairs are the big new trend for keen garden makers and the best way to find rare and unusual plants for your garden. The Central Coast’s very own fair is the gardeners’ friend – it’s close, it’s convenient and it’s a fun day out. No longer do you have to drive to the opposite side of the metropolitan area. Kariong is close to Sydney and it’s right here on the coast.
Plant Lovers Fair ambassador this year is the irrepressible Costa Georgiadis, the host of ABC’s Gardening Australia. Costa will be everywhere at the fair this year. If it’s great information you want, Costa’s your man. From talks in the main marquee to strolling and talking with both exhibitors and attendees, Costa will excite with his enthusiasm for plants and gardens. There’s even an exclusive special event “Kariong with Costa”. Come and meet him in an informal and intimate get together to enhance your Plant Lovers Fair visit.
The speakers program this year will feature expert growers and exciting exhibitors, providing specific and detailed knowledge about the plants they grow and love. At the Workshop Demonstration Program, you can find out more about the unique plants on offer at the fair. If some are completely new to you, this is the best way to get the dirt on how to grow them and how to best use them in your local landscape.
Among the many talks this year you can:
- Find out how best to grow and incorporate clumping bamboos into your garden design for almost instant screening and privacy.
- Learn how to grow miniature fruit trees from local hero, David Fripp of Living Edge Nursery at Peats Ridge. He will tell you all you need to know about growing fruit in a suburban backyard.
- Focus on sustainability and the importance of native bees. Get the lowdown on how you can improve your crops and do your bit for the local environment by encouraging these essential beneficial insects to settle in your garden.
Bring the kids too. There is a children’s activity program including drawing and art classes with Gaby Malpas to keep them occupied and to bring out the aspiring inner gardener or painter. Parents do need to accompany their children while enjoying the program.
Catering is an important part of any fair and there will be a wide range of food and beverages available this year that will not disappoint. From Turkish gozleme, Vietnamese treats and traditional sandwiches, wraps and pies to a sausage sizzle from Kariong Scouts. You certainly won’t go hungry. You can also get your caffeine fix from local suppliers onsite too.
There’s plenty to help you get your precious plant cargo home too. The crèche has been relocated to the rear of the school near the back carpark so you can load with ease. To further assist you, scouts can also carry plants and other purchases to your car.
Bookings to the Plant Lovers Fair (Sept 23rd & 24th) and “Kariong with Costa” are now open online to purchase your ticket and avoid the queue.
Plant Lovers Fair is a community event, run by volunteers and proudly sponsored by Seniors on the Coast and Absolute Medical Services in Lisarow.
This article archived 16 Oct 2017
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