Our Festival showcases and aims to promote the very best Tasmania has to offer in garden tourism, horticulture, floristry, landscape design and related businesses. Set in and around the iconic Albert Hall and City Park of Launceston the event has 60+ exhibitors & displays plus a speaker program of local & nationally acclaimed gardening experts covering a wide spectrum of gardening/horticultural related industries and topics.
With 50+ of the exhibitors inside the Albert Hall & the speakers' program upstairs, numerous displays, exhibitors & food stalls outside in the City Park plus musical performances and children’s activities in the Conservatory there truly is something for everyone.
Held over the third weekend in September each year 2018 is the third Festival and aims to be bigger and better than ever. Visitors can gain knowledge, buy plants, enjoy floral art displays, plan open garden related holidays, get those challenging gardening questions answered, try fresh produce and have the whole family entertained.
DISCOVER FESTIVAL DELIGHTS
ABC Gardening live at the Festival
Chris Wisbey & Peter Cundall broadcasting the ABC Gardening Talkback from the Albert Hall on Saturday morning
Inala Inspired by Nature - Eco-dying workshop
10am and 1pm Sunday 23rd September Inala Jurassic Garden & Nature Museum, 320 Cloudy Bay Road, Bruny Island,
Inspired by Nature is about inspiring creativity, using natural objects, along with the technique of eco-dying, to engage with the world around us. You will be dying a silk scarf that will be yours to take away. The eco-dying process takes two hours after the materials are prepared. During this time you are welcome to explore the garden and museum, join the guided walks, (Additional cost) or have a picnic (BYO)
Cost of eco-dying workshop: Adult - $25 / Accompanied Child (12 and under) - $15 Guided walk and Eco-dying workshop package: Adult - $50 / Accompanied Child (12 and under) - $20
Guided walks of the Jurassic Garden
Date: Sunday 23rd September 11am and 2pm
Join a one hour walking tour of the beautiful 5 acre garden at Inala on South Bruny Island. This private garden is overflowing with a diverse array of almost 600 Gondwanan species .Your knowledgeable guide will walk with you through time and illuminate the fascinating history of our botanical past. You will discover how dinosaurs and extinct giant birds changed the structure of plants and why Tasmania has so many ancient Gondwanan species. After the tour, you can continue to explore the flora and fauna of the garden for as long as you wish and investigate the Inala Nature Museum. Cost of guided walk: Adult - $30 / Accompanied Child (12 and under) - $10
Inverawe Workshops - Inverawe Native Gardens
1565 Channel Highway, Margate, (03) 6267 2020
Create a Bird Friendly Garden Sunday 16 September, 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Whether your garden is three pots on a balcony, rolling acres, or something in between, this workshop gives you valuable tips on how to attract a range of birds to your patch. Come with the Head Gardener on a walk around Inverawe as he discusses practical examples of a bird encouraging garden. We've seen 105 bird species at Inverawe: the birds are out there, waiting for you to roll out the welcome mat. Includes printed notes, afternoon tea. $30 per person, concessions apply, bookings essential phone (03) 6267 2020, details on our website, www.inverawe.com.au
Early botanists and Explorers at Inverawe, Saturday 29 September, 1.30pm to 4.00pm. Walk in the footsteps of the early botanists and French explorers at Inverawe. Walk and talk around Tasmania's largest landscaped native Garden, with the Head Gardener. Smell, taste and touch what those early visitors found 200 years ago. Experience the new plants they found, learn how difficult and exciting it was. Afternoon tea supplied. $30 per person, concessions apply, bookings essential phone (03) 6267 2020, details on our website, www.inverawe.com.au
Blooming Tasmania Gardening Q & A Stand
This popular stand will be back again for 2018 and will be next to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens Stand in the Albert Hall. The gardening experts will be there all weekend to answer your questions.
The 2018 speaker program is again picking up the Tourism Tasmania branding of Discover Tasmania and the concept of "Go behind the Scenery" celebrating the immense knowledge that exists in the State. Free talks and demonstrations are held upstairs in the Tamar Valley Room at the Albert Hall. There is a lift for easy access.
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10am-10.45am Clive Blazey from Victoria (founder of the Digger’s Club & author of 7 books)
“Seed the untold story’ movie followed by a short talk on the importance of Heirlooms and then present the Garden Annual which will be launched at the Friday night Cocktail Party”
11am-11.45am David Judge Froghollow Nursery (Horticulturist & writer)
“Wilding food gardens -Integrating natural systems into home and larger food gardens. “
12 noon-12.45pm Stan Smith from NSW (lecturer Bendigo TAFE, Botanical artist, Garden Designer)
“A passion for encouraging young people in Ornamental Horticulture, Conservation & Agriculture- it’s all connected!”
1pm- 1.45pm Gary Daly (Horticulturist, member of the Landscape Industries of Tasmania)
“Beginning a Garden from Scratch – become a gardener and see the world!”
3pm -3.45pm Liz Francis (leader of Garden Tours &author of Gorgeous Gardens Way Down South’ & Tasmania’s Beautiful Gardens)
“Garden Tourism - The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful - How can we improve the way we showcase our beautiful Gardens to the State?”
Sunday, September 23, 2018
10am-10.45am Jennifer Stackhouse (gardening writer for The Mercury and former editor ABC Gardening Australia magazine)
“Getting the best from your indoor plants”
12noon-12.45pm Chris Lang Horticulturist & Curator Tasmania Flora Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
“A taste of Tassie natives and some Curator favorites for the home garden”
1pm – 1.45pm Marcus Ragus, Manager of Interpretation, Learning & Community, Royal Tasmania Botanical Gardens
“If Trees Could Talk: Stories from Ten Significant Tasmanian Trees”
2pm- 2.45pm Robert Ravens, Bridestowe Lavender Estate
“Kunzea ambigua” a new opportunity for Bridestowe Estate
STATE EXHIBITION TRAIL & GUIDED WALKS
Wildflower Photographic Exhibitions and Displays at the Tasmanian Arboretum, 46 Old Tramway Road (off C146), Eugenana
Guided walk each day
September 15th & 16th & 22nd -23rd 10am - 4pm Entry $5.00
Botaniko, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens,
‘Celebrating 200 years through botanical illustration’
Saturday 25 August through to Sunday 23rd September (will be open 10am – 2pm daily – with Artists in Residence being part of the exhibit each day). The exhibition will be held in the newly renovated POD, just near the Community Food Garden.
Some of my bush friends in Tasmania: native flowers, berries and insects”. Blenheim Gallery and Garden 733 Cressy Road, Longford M: 0419584667.
This exhibition takes inspiration from Louisa Anne Meredith through her writing and art and will include some of her work, as well as contemporary Tasmanian artists working with aspects of the title of the exhibition. The works will include paintings, prints, ceramics and drawings. Dates: 21 September to – 12 October 2018
Raptures of Colour by Artist Mandy Cruikshank
‘The artist’s palette of unlimited colours is in our gardens’
Saturday September 15 - Opening 2pm The Village Gallery, 22 Melbourne St. Triabunna All welcome to opening phone 03 62577583
Dates of Exhibition –September 15h – October 30th2pm
Lily Allport 1860-1949: In Retrospect
Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, LINC Tasmania, Ground floor, 91 Murray Street Hobart. 19 July 2018 – 10 Nov
The exhibition coincides with the publication of the first ever biography of the artist, Miss Lily: A portrait of the artist Curzona Allport by Marian Jameson
The First Tasmanians: Our Story a new permanent exhibition that presents the ancient and continuing story of Tasmanian Aboriginal culture.
Queen Victoria Art Gallery, 2 Wellington Street, Launceston Dates
Open: 10.00am–4.00pm daily Entry: Free
Open Gardens & Birds in Gardens Trails 2018
September 14th – September 30th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
Austrips, customised private tours for gardens clubs and groups. Bookings: 1800 777 726 or firstname.lastname@example.org