With more than 40 stallholders, this joint event from the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Friends and Diggers Club will have a huge range of plants to buy, including seeds and bulbs, orchids, rare perennials, roses, grafted plants, topiary, ferns, cacti, herbs and bromeliads. Add artisanal garden tools and gifts and you won’t go home empty handed!
There’s plenty of other fascinating, thought-provoking and entertaining events on offer over the weekend too, such as Passion for Plants garden tours with Tim Entwisle and Andrew Laidlaw (Saturday’s tickets now sold out) ; some thought-provoking and entertaining panel discussions with Victorian garden experts; plus several behind-the-scenes tours of the Garden’s wonderful Herbarium on Saturday with Manager of Collections Pina Milne (now sold out) and Sunday tours of the Rare Book Room with RBG Librarian Sally Stewart.
On Saturday you can all about Passion For Plants with Tim Entwisle, Andrew Laidlaw and Clive Blazey, followed by lively arguments in the case of ‘Eucalypts – Friends or Foe‘ from Diggers Club’s Clive Blazey, native plant expert Rodger Elliott and Cranbourne Gardens Horticultural Manager John Arnott, moderated by Millie Ross. Later on Sunday, the designers are on stage, with Jim Fogarty, Scott Leung and Simon Rickard contemplating ‘What to plant in the modern Australian garden?‘
Sunday begins with Passion For Plants followed by an afternoon panel discussion revealing the ‘Rock Stars of the Plant World‘ with Jane Edmanson, Teena Crawford, Chris Cole and Michael McCoy. Later on Sunday Tim Entwisle, Andrew Laidlaw, Greg Moore and Ian Woodrow will exchange their ideas on ‘Trees – hotting up, future for public spaces‘.
General admission to the Fair is $10; panel discussions $30 + booking fee; garden tours $20 + booking fee; Herbarium Tours $30 + booking fee.
Many of the tours are already sold out but there are still tickets to some tours and panel discussion so buy you tickets online HERE.
[Editor’s note: This event has a GardenDrum ‘Edna’s Score’ of 18%. It describes the percentage of panel discussion positions allocated to female horticulture industry experts. It is named for that great and influential woman of 20th century Australian horticulture, Edna Walling.]