Big crowds enjoyed the first day of the huge Plant Collector’s Fair in western Sydney today.
Obviously its absence from our 2012 calendars had built up demand as many were clamouring to get in more than an hour before the official starting time of 8am. Nurseries were reporting brisk trade as many plant enthusiasts found longed-for treasures and unusual bargains.
Plant collectors had come from far and wide, including Brisbane, Adelaide and all over country NSW to visit their favourite nurseries and buy a huge range of plants from tropical to cool climate, and desert to rainforest. Bromeliads, bamboo, Australian natives, perennials, cactus, edibles, bulbs, water plants – I don’t think it is humanly possible to go to this fair and not buy anything.
It was great to see so many different types of gardeners too!
And my haul? A deep red Gaillardia, half an orange salvia (well I had to share it with Peter Whitehead), a beautiful brom, Melastoma affine, Megaskepasma, Tibouchina heteromalla, Barleria and Ajania. Yes!