Garden Festival 13 to 16 October 2017

 

  • Garden Festival

    Festival Gardening Ambassadors 

    This year Garden Guru Phil Dudman and Fab Foodie Julie Ray from Garden2Kitchen are our ambassadors. The Ambassadors will be attending the Paella by the Sculptures and the Long Italian Table Dinner, along with other Festival activities. Phil Dudman, brought to you by Greengecko Garden Centre and Julie Ray, brought to you by De Bortoli  Family Wines, will be sharing their secrets on growing your own organic food and cooking simple delicious meals with your home harvest. The Ambassadors combine gardening and cooking with years of experience in radio, television and education. See Phil and Julie's schedule.  (Image credit: Sean Watson) 

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  • Sponsors

    2017 Sponsors -  The Festival Working Group would like to acknowledge the generosity and continued support of our local Sponsors:

    Citrus Sculpture Naming Rights Sponsor: Real Juice Company. Gold Ambassador Sponsors:  Greengecko Garden CentreDe Bortoli Family Wines and Casella Family Brands. Silver Sponsor: Griffith Retirement Estate. Beyond Bank Australia. Bronze Sponsors: Warburn Estate, Calabria Family Wines,  Griffith Exies, Veritech, Collier & Miller, McWilliam's Wines, Murrumbidgee IrrigationREX Airlines, Worm Tech,  and Griffith Bricks & Pavers.

    Inkind Supporters: Bertoldo's Bakery, Bunnings Warehouse, Pebbles B&B, Griffith East Rotary

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  • Garden Bus Tours - Friday 13, Saturday 14, Sunday 15 & Monday 16 
    Looking for a great day out? Then book a seat on the garden tour and enjoy time with fellow garden lovers! The tour includes garden visits and lunch. You’ll also enjoy learning about the region, with commentary from the local driver and guide. Morning and afternoon tea are available at your own expense.  Venue: Meet at the Visitor Information Centre Cost: $TBC (approx. $60)| Depart Time: approx 9.30am. Bookings Essential: 1800 681 141

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
    • visitgriffith@griffith.com.au
  • Paella

    Paella by the Sculptures - Friday 13  
    Celebrate the launch of the Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures and Griffith Garden Festival at the street party amongst the Sculptures. Children’s activities and games, live music and entertainment. Paella available by the bowl for $5, plus other delicious dishes available to purchase. Meet our ambassadors Phil & Julie and admire the Sculptures. A family event. Limited seating available, BYO chair and picnic rug. Venue: Visitor Information Centre car park, corner Jondaryan and Banna Avenues Cost: Free entry Time: 5.30pm – 8pm

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
    • Made possible with the support of our sponsors
  • Long Italian Table

    Long Italian Table with Phil & Julie - Saturday 14  
    Join Phil & Julie at a long table event, sharing Italian food, local wine, music and stories,at a venue to be confirmed.
    This event captures the essence of Griffith and her people. Venue: Woodside Hall, Griffith Showgrounds Cost: $70 Time: 6pm – 10pm Bookings Essential:  Book your tickets now at the Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141.

     

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
    • visitgriffith@griffith.com.au
  • Open Gardens

    Festival Open Gardens
    Griffith was designed by Walter Burley Griffin as a garden city. Griffith features extensive tree lined streets, community parks and colourful private gardens. Below are the eight gardens open in 2017, catering is available at most gardens to ensure you can stop, relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. Phil Dudman, our gardening ambassador brought to you by Greengecko Garden Centre, will be visiting each garden during the festival, and providing gardening talks and imformative sessions. Garden entry $6 adults, children free. 

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
    • Gardens are OPEN 9.30am-5pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday
  • Dal Broi Garden

    Robyn & Peter Dal Broi, Farm 1301 Bradley Rd, Tharbogang. This garden was created with large open spaces to compliment the established gums, Chinese elm and golden elm trees. Crepe myrtles and majestic bottle brushes screen the house and garden from the road with dwarf fruit trees lining the drive. Stroll through the wisteria covered arch way and discover the many plants in the understory of the large trees. The garden wraps around the house with a variety of native and exotic plants and shrubs. Come and relax with us in this restful oasis.

    Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday; supporting Griffith PCYC. Morning / afternoon tea and lunch available. Raffles, sculptures and plants for sale.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
  • Plos Garden

    Joy & Bruno Plos: ‘Belle Amour’ Lake Wyangan. This award winning peaceful three quarter acre garden is surrounded by many ornamental trees including varieties of ample shrubs and heritage plants. David Austin perfumed roses cascading over arbours and arches leading to the sunken rose garden complemented by many varieties of irises forming perennial borders. Enjoy the tranquillity of the original water fountain built by Bruno surrounded by a fascinating fish pond. Espaliered fruit trees frame the bountiful vegetable garden.

    Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; supporting Griffith Social Dancers. Morning and afternoon tea available. On show in the Garden Gazebo is Joy’s hand painted porcelain and fine bone china. Other highlights; music, craft and jewellery display, pot plants and plant frames.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
    • A tribute; The Griffith community is very proud of Bruno and Joy Plos’s continued efforts to support our festival. They were both part of the original Festival of Gardens launch team back in 1991. Bruno and Joy have opened their beautiful garden for the festival for 27 years. They are both full of gardening knowledge and have many rare plants in their garden and have countless fascinating stories to tell. 

  • Careri

    Marj & Mick Careri: ‘Rosewood Park on Stokes’ Hanwood Surrounded by vineyards and beautiful orange trees, this three acre garden is hedged in by a wall of roses and many flowering trees and shrubs. Thousands of roses of all varieties, arbours, arches, gazebo’s and gables lend themselves to hold up the beautiful Pierre De Ronsard and Lorraine Lee Crepescule plantings. Small garden rooms have been tacked on to provide cool shaded areas for tropical and shade loving plants including a 40 year old Liquid Amber. A gazebo nestled on a large pond filled with water lilies and irises is a welcomed respite after a meander through this garden.

    Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; supporting Binya School. Morning / afternoon tea and lunch available. Music and singing performed by Peter Smith, Antique china, kitchenware, raffles, stalls, art & craft, plants for sale.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
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  • Horder

    Tori Horder & Lawrence Salvestrin: ‘Davit Farm’ Widgelli Davit farm is a constantly evolving, gracious three acre garden divided into large spans with French and Italian influences. The main delights are formal lily pond, a Monet lake and bridge, a white trunked forest in which a huge sculpture “Irony” resides, a May and Mulberry walk, species rose garden and spectacular dry stone work. Wander around this country garden to find beautiful bronzes and garden statuary and a canopy of mature deciduous trees. Tori and Lawrence invite you to sit and enjoy the vistas, serenity and space.

     Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; supporting Griffith Riding for the Disabled. Morning / afternoon tea and lunch available.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
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  • Emeri De Bortoli

    Emeri De Bortoli: De Bortoli Road Bilbul  Walking through the garden is like stepping into another world far removed from the busy winery and vineyards surrounding it. Every plant has a story to tell. Emeri currently favours the Australian native grasses which thrive in the climate and provide stunning textures and shapes throughout her garden. She also has a vegie patch with an abundance of pumpkins, asparagus and artichokes to name a few of her favourites. The breathtaking garden also features an impressive dam and brand new rock waterfall that overlooks the internationally renowned Noble One vineyards.

    Open Friday from 1pm, Saturday and Sunday; supporting Country Hope. Morning / afternoon tea and lunch available. Julie Ray from Garden2Kitchen will be providing cooking demonstrations at De Bertoli Wines Cellar Door across the road from Emeri’s Garden.  

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
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  • Clare and Gavin Dal Broi

    Clare & Gavin Dal Broi, "Warrawidgee West" Bringagee Rd Warrawidgee.  Only twelve years ago Clare and Gavin’s garden was created as an oasis in the middle of their farm for fun and relaxation with their young family. Roses, mixed perennial boarders and natives surround large expanses of lawn with dotted sitting areas to watch the kids play. A kitchen garden, orchard and chook house provide delicious produce that Clare and Gavin love to share with their family and friends. Come and relax in this rural garden and soak up the spring aromas and atmosphere. 

    Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; supporting Hanwood Public School. Morning and afternoon tea available along with live entertainment.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
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  • Piccolo

    Rosa & Peter Piccolo: 114 Mallinson Rd, Lake Wyangan. Farm 1814 Maegraith homestead circa 1921 has so many intriguing stories to tell. Over three decades ago, Peter and Rosa set out to restore the two-acre house and garden into the tranquil temperate property it is now. Including stonewalls, birch forests, ornate hedging, unique outbuildings and ornamental features. This garden features many rooms of interest and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. 

    Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; supporting local charities. Garden café with homemade treats available along with a Garden restaurant featuring a dining experience amongst the birches from 11am – 3pm daily.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141
  • Salvestro and Booth

    Loretta Salvestro & Peter Booth: "Birra Li" Bringagee Rd, Warrawidgee. Birra Li garden is a large rambling homestead created thirty years ago from a bare paddock. The garden is a profusion of colour and texture in plant combinations. Birra Lii has a sprawling almost wild look with flowering shrubs, annuals, roses and perennials jostling for space. Hedging creates structure and formality in areas of this country garden. The garden also includes a ten metre operating windmill, an orchard and vegetable gardens. Experience this unique garden and the beautiful colours and blooms it has to offer. 

    Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; supporting Hanwood Public School. Morning / afternoon tea and lunch available.

    More Information:
    • Griffith Visitor Information Centre 1800 681 141