Blooming Tasmania welcomes you to the 2017 Tasmanian Flower & Garden Festival, which aims to promote the very best Tasmania has to offer in garden tourism, horticulture, floristry, landscape design and related businesses. Our major flower and garden event, the 2017 Blooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Festival, will be held between September 23−24 at Albert Hall Launceston, coinciding with a series of events and themed trails to open gardens on the September 16−17 and September 23−24 across Tasmania.


ABC Gardening live at the Festival

Come and say Hello to Tino Carnevale on the Garden Clinic Q & A stand 43.

Courtesy of Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens

Tasmania Arboretum

Friday September 15
Launch of State Birds in Gardens Trail and Photographic Exhibition
Speakers: Peter Tonelli, naturalist, who is launching the Trail and opening the exhibit; and Philip Milner on 'Bird-attracting plants for gardens'.
Where: Tasmanian Arboretum, 46 Old Tramway Road, Eugenana
Time: 2.00pm for launch. There are guided bird walks on September 16–17 in the Tasmanian Arboretum.
Tickets: Launch free ($5 entry to Arboretum for walks). Confirm attendance at launch event on (03) 6427 2690 for catering purposes.


Ikebana Workshop with Susie Solomon

Master of Ikebana (Sogetsu School)

Please ensure  you bring vine or branches as the staple for the workshop

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Botanical Stencilling Workshop with Mike Evans

borders around a wall, as wallpaper or as a series of motifs on furniture, trays or other objects





Watercolour Painting & Drawing with Evelyn Antonysen

Plants & Birds


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Botanical Art Workshop with Brenda Haas

Beginner's class

Introduction to Botanical art and illustration.

Not necessary to have previous art experience but a love of plants is essential.

Requirements:  Sketch pad,  hb pencil,  kneadable eraser,  ruler.

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New This Year

Blooming Tasmania Gardening Q & A stand No 43
Got bugs on your zucchini, spots on your roses, furry stuff on your fruit or wilting indoor plants? Want to know the name of that favourite plant with the funny spotted leaves, or need inspiration and advice on that landscape job you keep putting off? Ask the gardening experts at stand 43 in the Albert Hall throughout the weekend!
Free with entry to the Festival.


Talks and demonstrations are held upstairs in the Tamar Valley Room at the Albert Hall.
Free entry with Festival admission (Lift access)

Saturday, September 23, 2017
9.45am–10.45am 'Demystifying the art of bonsai' Shane Boyce
10.45am–11.45am 'Recipes for success' Jennifer Stackhouse
11.45am–12.45pm 'The genus Lavandula' Robert Ravens, Bridestowe
Lavender Farm
12.45pm–1.45pm 'Growing fantastic container plants' Marcus Ragus, RTBG
1.45pm–2.45pm 'A Gardener’s Journey, growing the team!' Stan Smith
2.45pm–3.45pm 'Confessions of an urban forager – inner city gardens' Rainer Oberle
3.45pm–4.45pm 'Tasmanian edible native plants' Rees Campbell

Sunday, September 24, 2017
10.00am–11.00am 'The Tasmanian Arboretetum Story’ Judith Hughes
11.00am–12noon 'Kaydale Lodge gardens – a family obsession'
Amarlie & Lesley Crowden
12noon–1.00pm 'Multiple uses of biochar from backyard to broadacre' Frank Strie
1.00pm–2.00pm 'Southern adventures with birds' Natalie Tapson, RTBG
2.00pm–3.00pm 'Gardening to make the world a better place' Jennifer Stackhouse
3.00pm–4.00pm 'Ikebana demonstration' Susie Solomon, Ikebana Master


Northern Tasmania

Birds in Gardens an exhibition of the work of John and Elizabeth Gould through to contemporary Tasmanian artists working in various mediums including painting, sculpture, print, drawing and ceramics.
Venue: Blenheim Gallery and Garden, Blenheim Farm, 733 Cressy Road, Longford
Dates: September 25–November 10
Open: 10.30am–4.00pm until November 10
Entry: Free

Guided Bird Walks & Photographic Exhibition of Birds
Venue: Tasmanian Arboretum, 46 Old Tramway Road, Eugenana, (03) 6427 2690
Open: 8.00am–8.00pm daily
Entry: $5 (to Arboretum)

The First Tasmanians: Our Story a new permanent exhibition that presents the ancient and continuing story of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Venue: Queen Victoria Art Gallery, 2 Wellington Street, Launceston
Dates: Permanent exhibition
Open: 10.00am–4.00pm daily (closed Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Entry: Free

Southern Tasmania & East Coast

Elizabeth Gould and the Birds of Australia
Venue: Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, 91 Murray St., Hobart, (03) 6165 5584
Open: 9.30am–2.00pm (Saturday), 9.30am–5.00pm (weekdays), closed Sundays and public holidays
Entry: Free

Port Arthur – An Exotic Garden – Unlocking the Botanical Journey, presented by members of Botaniko Exhibits
Venue: The Village Gallery, Triabunna
Open: Opening September 30 (open for October) Free
Further details phone: (03) 6257 7583

North West Open Gardens & Bird Trail – September 16-17

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Northern Open Gardens  –  September 23–24 

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South/East Open Gardens – September 30–October 1

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World Peace Flag Ceremony in City Park, Sunday September 24
Time: 5.00pm–6.00pm

Albert Hall Floor Plan

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Visitor and Tourist Information

Parks and Gardens, City of Launceston enjoy some of Australia's oldest parks and gardens, many dating back to the 1800s. There are more 148 parks and reserves, to be explored throughout Launceston and environs.
More information: Launceston Visitor Information Stand in the Albert Hall during the Blooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Festival or the Visitor Information Centre, 68-72 Cameron Street, Launceston (open daily), 1800 651 827 or

Tasmanian Travel and Information Centre, 20 Davey Street, Hobart (open daily) can provide information to guide you to the best gardens, parks and natural places in Tasmania or assist in the planning of your entire Tasmanian holiday.
More information: (03) 6238 4222 or

Destination Launceston


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Festival Program 2017

ABC Live to Air

ABC Local Radio’s Weekends presenter Chris Wisbey and Gardening talkback co-host Peter Cundall will broadcast live between 8.30-11am on Saturday 23 September

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