Happy Labour Day long weekend, folks! To celebrate the hard work you've put in during the past year head to the Ballarat Begonia Festival from Friday 8 to Monday 10 March 2014 where a whole heap of fabulous fun awaits.
A massive programs with fun garden activities, exciting entertainment, and heaps of free activities for the youngsters will suit all ages and interests. So pack your picnic blanket and head to the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.
The following pages highlight some of the exciting activities and events you'll find at the Festival. For the full list of happenings, head to the Ballarat Begonia Festival website.
The Begonia Display at Robert Clark Conservatory is not to be missed. It has attracted audiences from all over the place to the Festival for the past 61 years and there's a reason why. Let the Display wow and dazzle you with the colour and beauty of begnoias on show. Who knows, it may even inspire you to grow your own!
The Tea House
The Tea House is not just a place that provides tea. It's an experience. Located within the Festival's exotic garden setting, come and sit, relax and enjoy the surrounds while sipping on your favourite tea. While you're here, why not be adventurous and sample something new. Who knows, you may discover your new favourite! There are also team appreciation discussions every hour so come along.
Thinking about a veggie garden? Not sure what to do with your home-grown veggies?
Well head to Creative Produce for it offers a fountain of knowledge about produce. See the display of homegrown produce, hear about the various techniques you can use easily, let the demonstrations throughout the day inspire you in the kitchen, and learn about making your very own wicking box.
Visit the Gardner's Market in the Botanical Gardens because it will definitely inspire you. Look around and you may spot something that would be perfect for your home and garden. Begonias, bonsais, cactus and succulents are available for you to take home in addition to all sorts of beautiful plants and horticultural things.
Shopping aside, the Market also displays a wonderful selection of begnoias; a selection of creative and superb garden feature arrangements; a vast range of local arts and crafts; and fantastic demonstrations of spinning and weaving.
Have your questions ready and speak to enthusiasts and experts about your horticultural enquiry and allow them to solve your garden dilemmas. In addition, 2014's Market welcomes a couple of new exhibitors so get excited!
Feast on the art and craft on display throughout the Festival. Explore Ballarat's most well-known residents at Gordon's cottage and have a look at the local arts and crafts on display. Watch in awe as Ballarat Society of Artists members paint in the Botanical Gardens and take this chance to have a look at their portfolio of works. And see the woodworkers at work and witness the craftsmanship of woodturning.
Parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties, this is one Festival you've got to take the youngsters to.
BotaniKIDS is providing some great hands-on activities for the kids. They can learn to decorate a pot, make a wrist band and learn about vegetable science.
The super sandpit is excellent for younger children and it will be full of awesome activities. So get ready to dig, cook, experiment and play boys and girls!
Don't miss the storytelling shows at 11.30am and 1.30pm daily and wear your best fairy or Elf outfits; see the Dreaming Space puppet shows at 10am and 3pm daily and make your own puppet; and be part of the Society of Artists' next grand work of art.
The Woodworking Shed is the place to be for children who like woodworking. Come and create a masterpieces to take home.
Animals lovers must pop by Farmer Darryl's Petting Farm to visit the cutest and the most adorable animals. This is an opportunity for kids to get up close and personal with the calves, sheep and lambs, goats, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, rabbits and miniature pigs.
For the explorer kids see if you can find the mischievous gnomes around the gardens. Grab a trail sheet, follow the trail, and jot down the names of the gnomes for your chance to win a special prize!
And hop on the vintage tram for a free ride along Wendouree Parade all day, every day during the festival.