The Australian Garden Show Sydney joined the national gardening show and expo scene in 2013 with its inaugural event attracting over 25,000 visitors to the grounds of Centennial Park. While the Show is still in its budding year compared to established exhibitions like the Queensland Garden Expo and the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, the successful launch has inspired the organisers to deliver a even bigger and better show this year in Sydney.
To keep up with the pack, the Australian Garden Show Sydney will bring amateur and professional gardeners, design enthusiasts, families, homeowners and industry experts together from 4 to 7 September. It will be the first floral and garden show to herald Spring in New South Wales and serve as the flag bearer for more than 29 of the region's exceptional gardens. Here are 7 reasons to embrace the great outdoors and see the amazing gardens and horticultural skills on display over 4 days at the Australian Garden Show Sydney this September.
This year's show will feature over 30 display gardens, designed by a team of industry experts and emerging landscape designers. There are 2 feature gardens, 10 inspirational gardens, 10 city gardens presented by Debco and 10 balcony gardens presented by Yates that will be judged by a panel of multi-award winning landscape designers.
Garden by Phillip Withers / Photo courtesy of Australian Garden Show Sydney
Highlights include 'The Unexpected Garden' designed by Andrew Fisher Tomlin (NHGA UK Garden Designer of the year) for St Vincent's Curran Foundation as a therapeutic space for dementia sufferers. Landscape designer Phillip Withers will bring the tropics to the Show with his timber beach hut, tall palms and colourful succulents entitled 'My Island Home'. 'Welcome Garden', one of the 2 feature gardens will be designed by The Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Domain Trust and the Centennial Parklands Trust.
There is a fresh flower market and floral displays by the International Society of Ikebana. You can witness new release cut flower varieties not yet seen in Australia. You can also learn the art of making floral displays ranging from decorations for family dinners and gorgeous garden wedding designs.
There are over 80 talks, presented over 3 stages throughout the Show. You can listen and engage with industry experts and special guest speakers on gardening and design topics including Australian native orchards, rooftop gardens, worm farming and many more. An excellent way to take home some practical gardening tips.
You can enjoy watching a modern backyard farm garden come to life over the 4 days of the Show. The garden is designed by Jim Fogarty (winner of Best In Show at the UK's Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), Nigel Ruck (resident landscaper of garden makeover program 'Backyard Blitz') and Don Burke (presenter of gardening and lifestyle programme, 'Burke's Backyard'). You can also contribute to some design decisions which incorporates recycled and reused materials.
Admire the displays of leading Sydney florist as they compete for the title of 'Florist of the Year'. Floristry students from the Northern Sydney Institute, South West Sydney Institute and Illawarra Institute will compete for the 'Future Florist of the Year' award.