Your guide to garden shows and events around the country this month

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GARDENING AUSTRALIA   SEPTEMBER201915CALENDARNATIONAL2ND–8THLandcareWeekCelebratingits30thanniversary,–15THNationalOrganicWeekCostaGeorgiadisistheambassadorofthisinitiativethatencouragesusto“tastethedifference,feelthedifference,makeadifference” Aug–27TH Sept Hancock’s Daffodils11am–4pm. Cnr Belgrave–Gembrook and Grantulla Rds, Menzies Creek. (03) 9754 3328. Free. Colourful, extensive garden display at this beautiful daffodil farm in the Dandenong Ranges.–15TH Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival10am–4pm. Various locations, Kyneton. (03) 5422 2282. Prices vary; some events free. Daffodil displays. Local gardens open to visitors. Art and photography competitions and exhibitions. Grand Parade. Scarecrow-making workshop. & 25TH Forest Therapy11am–1pm. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Ave, South Yarra. (03) 9252 2429. $30. Guided shinrin-yoku (forest bathing) practice to boost health and wellbeing – part of the botanic gardens’ Branch Out program of experiences for over-60s.–15TH Australian Plants Expo10am-4pm. Eltham Community & Reception Centre, 801 Main Rd, Eltham. 0430 513 433. $5. Five native plant stalls. Books, talks and displays.–15TH Yallaroo Open Garden10am–4.30pm. 7 Hillsmeade Dr, Narre Warren South. 0472 997 880. $8. Garden featuring Australian plants (all labelled), including grevilleas, lechenaultias and eremophilas, and a large orchard. Sept–13TH Oct Tesselaar Tulip Festival10am–5pm. Tesselaar Flower Farm, 357 Monbulk Rd, Silvan. (03) 9737 7722. $29. Colourful fi elds of tulips. More than a million fl owering bulbs on show. Live entertainment, children’s activities, food and market stalls. Melbourne Clivia Group Expo10am–4pm. Mount Waverley Community Centre, 47 Miller Cres, Mount Waverley. 0477 134 863. $5. Clivia displays, demonstrations and sales.–22ND David’s Open Garden10am–4.30pm. 16 Central Ave, Footscray. 0472 997 880. $8. Compact inner-city garden with more than 50 fruiting trees, shrubs and vines, plus unusual edible plants. Fernery housing exotic orchids, bromeliads, ferns and succulents. Ceramic planters for sale.–22ND North East Melbourne Orchid Society Spring ShowSat 9am–4pm, Sun 10am–4pm. Bulleen Heights School, 221 Manningham Rd, Lower Templestowe. 0418 110 345. $4. Cymbidium, Dendrobium, Oncidium, Paphiopedilum, Cattleyaand Sarcochilus species on display, plus rare and unusual orchids. Plants and accessories for sale. Questions answered by orchid experts. Refreshments and light meals available. 21ST–22NDYeaGardenExpo9am–3pm.YeaSaleyards,FlatLeadRd,Yea.0438119429.$7.Speakersprogram.Plants,gardenaccessories,–29THMaroondahOrchidSocietyAnnualSpringShowSat9am–5pm,Sun9am–4pm.StTimothy’sCatholicPrimarySchool,21StevensRd,Vermont.(03)98011628.$5.Plantsforsale.Pottingdemonstrations.Refreshmentsavailable.ACT21ST–22NDOrchidSocietyofCanberraAnnualSpringOrchidShowSat10am–5pm,Sun10am–4pm.AinslieFootballClub,52WakefieldAve,Ainslie.(02)62517660.$2.Greatdiversityofnativeandexoticorchidsondisplayandforpurchase.Pottingdemonstrations.Refreshmentsavailable.canberraorchids.orgNEWSOUTHWALES7TH Central Coast Bonsai Club Annual Exhibition9am–5pm. Mingara Recreation Club, 12–14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi. 0417 017 447. $3. Display of more than 150 bonsai trees. Demonstrations by leading Australian bonsai artists. Vendors selling handmade pots, bonsai trees and starters, tools, wire and potting mix. Central Coast Cactus & Succulent Club Spring Sales Day9am–1pm. Charmhaven Community Hall, 4 Narara Ave, Charmhaven. 0415 500 777. Free. Plants for sale, ranging from common species to the weird and wonderful. Expert growing advice. Cash only. Bring your own bags, baskets and boxes. 7TH The Secret Garden & Nursery Spring Fair9am–4pm. Western Sydney University, Clydesdale Lne, Richmond.  Entrance via Vines Dr, off Londonderry Rd. (02) 9686 4155. $2. Annual fair of horticultural therapy centre run by non-profit North West Disability Services. Stalls, plants for sale. Train rides, fire truck display. Music, barbecue, Devonshire teas, woodfired pizzas.7TH–8TH&14TH–15TH Daffodils at Rydal10am–4pm. Various locations in Rydal. (02) 6359 3237. $15.  See parks and gardens planted with beautiful daffodils (free hop-on, hop-off bus available). Music, exhibitions and all-day barbecue. Entry tickets from Rydal railway station and Rydal Showground kiosk. Stony Range ‘Back to the Bush’ Spring Festival9am–3pm. Stony Range Regional Botanic Garden, 810 Pittwater Rd, Dee Why. (02) 9451 1883. Free. Native plant sales and advice. Displays of native bees and native animals. Sculptures and photography on show. Walks and fun children’s activities. Music, barbecue and coffee shop. 21ST Manly West Public School Carnival10am–4pm. Manly West Public School, cnr Griffith and Hill Sts, Balgowlah. 0402 909 927. Free. Plant and white elephant stalls, carnival rides, old-style favourites (tombola, chocolate wheel) kitchen garden, gourmet food and refreshments available. 21ST–22ND Maitland Garden Ramble10am–4pm. Various locations around Maitland. (02) 4931 2800.  $5 per garden, $35 all gardens. Visit eight beautiful gardens.  Gift stalls and talks at some locations. Food and refreshments available. Tickets from Maitland Visitor Information Centre,  High St, Maitland, and at gardens. Proceeds to Vision Australia. 28TH–29TH Living Smart FestivalSat 8am–2pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Speers Point Park, Park Rd, Speers Point, Lake Macquarie. (02) 4921 0333. Free. One of Australia’s largest sustainability-based events. On Saturday, headlining guest Costa Georgiadis will speak to visitors and present workshops. Eco-living displays, rewilding workshops, cooking demonstrations, organic farmers’ market, food trucks, refreshments.–29TH Rivendell Flower & Garden Show10am–3pm. Rivendell, Thomas Walker Estate, Hospital Rd, Concord. (02) 9767 6038. $15. Spectacular floral exhibits and garden designs. Expert workshops. High tea in the fountain courtyards. Kids’ space. Market and food stalls. Gala dinner. SA Spring Garden Festival8am–3pm. Mount Pleasant Showgrounds, Melrose St, Mount Pleasant. 0418 301 121. $5. Plants, garden furniture, decor and garden-care products for sale. Special guests include native  plant expert Neville B Bonney, Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson, and Faye McGoldrick, who will demonstrate how to make an insect hotel.

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