Spanning over seven acres, the inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney is set to flourish in Centennial Park from Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 September 2013. The magnificent show will engage all the senses with its world-class garden displays, vibrant floral pavilion, bars, fine cuisine and stunning visual installations that will come alive at night.
The Australian Garden Show Sydney is exclusive to New South Wales and will attract garden enthusiasts and horticulturists from around the world.
Visitors can discover a new gardening experience at Indira Naidoo’s 1000 square metre Kitchen Garden by building their own strawberry wall or watering plants with pedal powered sprinklers. Wander through lavish tomato archways and learn how to utilise even the smallest spaces with a pop-up edible garden.
A sweeping tree-lined avenue will connect 16 stunning display gardens including the centrepiece garden September Sky created by recent Chelsea Flower Show gold-medal winner Tom Harfleet and partner Andrew Fisher Tomlin, with gardens created by event curator Myles Baldwin, Brendan Moar from The LifeStyle Channel’s Dry Spell Gardening and the upcoming Coast Australia on The History Channel and Charlie Albone from The LifeStyle Channel’s Selling Houses Australia on Foxtel.
To commemorate Gallipoli’s centenary in 2015, award-winning landscape designer Jim Fogarty will design The Last to Leave, a Gallipoli-inspired garden.
By night, the gardens will take on a whole new form as light installations created by architect and House Rules judge, Joe Snell, illuminate the displays. To add to the spectacle, majestic lighting will flood the grounds with beautiful effects designed by Australian Garden Show Sydney Event Director and Vivid Light Festival Director, Anthony Bastic.
Offering much more than just flowers, attendees can enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes and bars, grab a bite to eat at the on-site Harvest Restaurant, browse through the Florilegium bookshop and get books signed by their favourite horticultural personalities. Lindeman’s popular Open Garden will be in residence, featuring cooking demonstrations by Sammy and Bella from My Kitchen Rules and Garden2 Kitchen hosts Phil Dudman and Julie Ray.
Celebrity chef Kylie Kwong and entomologist Skye Blackburn will create a selection of recipes featuring locally bred edible insects including crickets and dehydrated earthworms in their talk as part of the Seeds of Wisdom Lecture Series. If insects aren’t your cup of tea, catch talks from international vertical garden guru Patrick Blanc, Aussie garden legends Angus Stewart and Graham Ross, and Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans.
Also on offer are Sustainability Kitchen Garden Talks by leaders in the field including Jess Miller, Grow It Local maverick, Michael Mobbs inner-city sustainability legend, and popular mummy blogger, Brenda Janschek to name a few.
Event Director, Anthony Bastic said the event is an experience unlike any other garden show.
“There is absolutely nothing like this available in Australia. It’s not just all about gardens, anyone with an interest in design, architecture, sustainability, organic food and cooking will take something valuable away from this event,” he said.
There will be over 100 exhibitors ranging from nursery and garden associations to a vast variety of gardening produce and information stalls. There will also be a fun interactive kids section operated by Twigz to keep the little ones entertained.
Budding gardeners can also access expert advice at the Ross Garden Clinic operating onsite from 10.30am-4pm daily.
The Australian Garden Show Sydney, is part of the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government.
For more show information including public transport visit: http://www.australiangardenshowsydney.com.au
Tickets available through Ticketek including their Westfield shopping centre outlets.