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It's on again this Spring, a spectacular Spring event
An open garden weekend festival will be held at Burra and surrounds on the weekend of 19th and 20th of October 2019.
The Open Gardens & Spring Garden Expo in Burra has been running for a few years and is now bigger and better. The event has now grown into a fabulous weekend to celebrate our blooming spring gardens.
Burra gardens survive on low water and extreme temperatures, so it is interesting to see how these gardeners have the challenge to make a creative space. This festival is a must for anyone who loves gardening or those who like to wander around open gardens for an enjoyable weekend leisure activity. In addition, you will find the town's many antique shops and cafes open. As well as all the heritage buildings to photograph, so more than enough to keep you busy a whole weekend.
The iris love growing in the mid north of SA. Image by Kat May.
The Garden Expo will be in the Town Hall with many venues selling all sorts of garden-related wares, gifts and decor items. The expo will also feature workshops and talks by;
This year, they have an Alice in Wonderland theme so kids may want to track down Alice and say hello. The programme includes some special activities for children, including a free Mad Hatters Afternoon tea for kids. Free entry with an adult day ticket.
Will you find Alice at the Burra garden weekend? Image from burraspringgardenexpo.com
A main feature of the weekend is the open gardens. There will be a garden to visit starting at Farrell Flat on your way up the Barrier Highway. Garden day passes are available for sale here as well as the visitor centre in Burra. You pay one set fee and this covers you for as many gardens you wish to see. With 12 gardens open you will need to make an early start.
With 12 gardens to choose from at the Burra Open Gardens, you are sure to see something different. Image by Kat May.
If you would like a little VIP treatment, you could make a booking on the Garden Wonderland Bus Tour. As well as visiting several of the open gardens, you will visit some special secret gardens that only bus tour participants will get to see. You can meet the garden owners and have a glass of bubbles at the end of the tour. The 3-hour bus tour includes a pass to all the open gardens and entry to the hall for the expo. There are only two tours on the Saturday 19 October at 10 am or 1.30 pm. The cost is $40
Magnificent Spring blooms and heritage buildings await you in Burra. Image by Kat May
Burra is a heritage copper mining town in the mid-north, about two hours drive from Adelaide. It is now farming country with the gardens growing under extreme weather conditions. Why not make a weekend escape and stay in town a night?
Paxton Square is one of the many accommodation options in Burra. Image by Kat May
Some of the gardens will have refreshments or enjoy lunch or afternoon tea at one of the tea rooms in town. Image by Kat May.
Accommodation is available in town including a caravan park, miners cottages, a motel and old country pubs. There are many B&B's, cafes, restaurants and hotels. For more information on visitburra.com sightseeing or accommodation options see here Bring enough cash with you for your weekend out. The supermarket closes at noon on Saturday and is not usually open on Sunday, so take enough supplies with you if staying the weekend.
Nice one Kat. At first I didn't know which "Burra" the heading was talking about but from reading your article further, I see its the southern one. Strange for a country to have so many places named the same.