Take a treasure home! Talk to the experts. Grow a garden. Be inspired.
So many great plants never make it into garden centres. They might be hard to propagate, or slow to grow, or otherwise unsuited to large-scale commercial horticulture or they may simply have fallen out of favour. For whatever reason they are rare and unusual in the commercial world, and it is these treasures that are celebrated at the Collectors’ Plant Fair.
Like a loose, just-picked look for the home-grown flowers in your house? So do we! We are thrilled to announce new Sunday workshops so we can all learn the art of arranging homegrown flowers. Here we meet one of our favourite Sydney florists Nga Bui to chat flowers.
Owner of Perennialle Plants
Perenialle Plants is a mail-order nursery for tough plants, and a regular stallholder at Collectors'. You can also drop in to the nursery. Don’t miss the chance if you are in the Canowindra area. As well as the plants, there’s an inspiring garden and lovely little shop full of artisan-made house and garden desirables.
Congratulations to the Phillip Withers Lansdscape Design team winning BEST IN SHOW at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show with their garden I See Wild.
Gil Teague’s Florilegium has published some of our best garden writers, including Peter Valder, Margaret Hibbert, Michael McCoy and Alistair Hay, but we know it best as Australia’s only specialist garden bookshop.
We have expanded the food truck area this year on the lawn terrace. Picnic tables are raring to go. Enjoy the selection!
For the first time every Collectors' will stage an Old School Flower Show. So bring a flower to exhibit at the show. Great prizes are on offer and everyone's welcome!
We met Garden Designer, Michael Bates last Thursday Night on Michael McCoy's Dream Gardens. We took a tour of Michael's Blue Mountains garden Friday on Gardening Australia. Here, Robin Powell talks to Michael about the inspiration behind his spectacular Sydney garden.
Michael has delighted audiences at previous Collectors' Plant Fair. He is a garden designer, writer, TV presenter and garden tour leader, and gardens in the Macedon ranges of Victoria. Today we explore what happens in his garden in summer.
Mim grows the plants for Yellow House Heritage Perennials, the mail order perennial specialist nursery that grew out of her Nowra garden.
Interview: Robin Powell
All of these plants, mentioned in this recent SMH Spectrum article by Robin Powell, are easy to grow in Sydney, but are not easy to find in garden centres. Track them down at the Collectors' Plant Fair, Hawkesbury Racecourse Clarendon, April 9 and 10; and if you see them in a friend’s garden, beg a cutting.
The Collectors' Plant Fair is perfectly timed to plant spring bulbs. This year Easter is followed by the school holidays to give us the necessary down time in the garden.
To say that Alex Elliott-Howery and her husband James Grant have a café doesn’t begin to tell the story. Cornersmith is not just a café, but a pickling and preserving business and school, and a trading hub for the produce gardeners of Marrickville. And I'm excited to tell you today that Marrickville is coming to Clarendon - yes you heard right - we're getting a little inner city pickling magic at Collectors' Plant Fair (Saturday Only!).
A visit to the Florilegium tucked away in Glebe is always a thrill – but we love it even more when the best bookshop in the country comes to us - the Collectors Plant Fair! Gil can always find long out of print garden books on request. His tall lanky frame is a regular sight at plant fairs and garden shows around the country. Robin Powell writes. Story and photo via robinpowell.com.au
Greetings Collectors! Check out our amazing Line-up of plant people, growers and nurseries. We think they're pretty incredible. Time for some serious plant hunting, and bring your piggy bank. Don't forget - it's on 9/10 April 2016 at Hawkesbury Race Club
Today our convenor Linda Ross chats to Sharon Drinkwater about her love affair with iris.
Irises are in the family of Sharon Drinkwater. Her father, Graeme Grosvenor, started Rainbow Ridge Nursery in Dural on the outskirts of Sydney in 1970. The nursery is Australia’s largest specialist iris and daylily nursery and has won multiple awards for its world-class hybrids. The nursery recently relocated to a picturesque paddock outside Orange and right now it’s overflowing with a rainbow of iris blooms.
Perenialle Plants is a mail-order nursery for tough plants, but you can also drop in. Don’t miss the chance if you are in the Canowindra area. As well as the plants, there’s an inspiring garden and lovely little shop full of artisan-made house and garden desirables.
We are delighted to have Cheryl as one of our guest speakers. She has carved her garden out of the forests of the sunshine coast hinterland, it is full of surprising sculptures, rare and unusual plants and great charm.
Last year marked the tenth Collectors’ Plant Fair, a fixture on garden-lovers’ calendars. Peta has been there from the beginning. Today we salute the history of Australia's Most Treasured Gardening Event and how it came into being.
Bethany Linz is the artist behind this years Collectors' Plant Fair artwork. She is also a wonderful wallpaper and textile designer.
Coming along to the fair is Mickey Robertson from Glenmore House Kitchen Gardening School.