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With so many vendors to choose from, this is a must attend
Australia's largest and most popular plant fair returns on the weekend of 6th April (from 8 am to 4 pm) and 7th April (from 9 am to 4 pm) at the Hawkesbury Race Club, 1 Racecourse Rd, Clarendon. The tickets will cost $14 or $20 for a weekend pass and you can book yours here.
This year, the fair will be bigger than ever with specialist growers from all over Australia. The Old-School Flower Show will be on again and you can go into the draw to win a fabulous prize. Just take your plant to the Showroom on Saturday or Sunday.
At this fair, there will be quality plants, pickles, pots, books, garden workwear and plenty of food. There will be 8 food trucks onsite as well as coffee. This year, the food truck area has actually been extended to the lawn terrace.
There will be about 100 stalls selling everything from bulbs, orchids, indoor plants, shrubs, native plants, carnivorous and tropical plants, pots and seeds.
If you like rare and unusual plants, then you must visit Andy's Rare Plants stall. He will have South African bulbs and quite a few aroids, with around 50 different species. With a wide variety of plants, it is well worth a look in.
Sunday Session with Peta Trahar Peta has designed and built terrific plant-based gardens throughout NSW. This event will be a series of conversations held in the marquee beside the race track. The talks are free and are on Sunday only, the first one being at 11 am.
PLANT GROWERS AT THE FAIR Some of the growers/collectors at this year's fair include:
Addictive Nursery, NSW (5) Growers of the stunning rare blue hippeastrum, bromeliads, heliconia, clivia, elks, palms and unusual gingers.
Alameda Homestead Nursery, VIC (6) largest growers of hybrid clematis, producing approximately 80,000 plants. They also grow wisteria, Mandeville, stephanotis, and Phaseolus.
Aloe Aloe, QLD (9) have flowering aloes in beautiful colours and have 34 varieties available.
Alpine Treemovals (88) are tree transplanters and growers of mature trees.
Country Farm Perennials, VIC (16) have rare perennials.
Antique Perennials, VIC (46) have rare perennials, alpines, and bulbs.
Ausplants Nursery, NSW (53) have grafted grevillea, emu bush, grafted gums, bush foods and other natives.
Australian Carnivorous Plant Society, NSW (67)
Bamboo Creations, VIC (63) specialise in growing clumping bamboos of different sizes for the home garden.
Bay Tree Nursery, NSW (28) grow hard to get perennials, trees and shrubs.
Bilby Blooms, NSW (4) have rare native Australian plants, including black grevillea.
Blooming' Greenery, NSW (23) have a large range of tropical plants such as begonia, hibiscus, justicia, strobilanthes, sinningia and rare varieties.
Andy's Rare Plants, NSW (27) South American bulbs, orchids and shrubs.
David Kennedy's Clover Hill has cool climate perennials, woodlands, orchids, galanthus, trilliums, phlomis and salvias.
Club Creek Bulb Farm, VIC (56) are growers of liliums and dahlias.