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The Collectors Plant Fair

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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.

Meet Andrew Harvie, Plant collector
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.

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.

Coachwood Nursery, NSW (6) have succulents and unusual cacti.

Ray Nesci Bonsai, NSW (35) sell bonsai and accessories.

Dark Star Orchids, NSW have rare and exotic orchid species.

Darvill Nursery, NSW (47) sell native bush food, tea and coffee plants, waratah and African violets.

Di's Delightful Plants VIC (65) have natives, natives, perennials, groundcovers, trees and succulents.

Drewitt's Bulbs, VIC (31) sell about 60 varieties of tulips and other bulbs.

Exeter Designer Plants, NSW (55) have a range of clematis, daphne, dogwood, hamamelis, birch, cedars, spruce, firs, and more.

Feather Flower Brush, NSW (34) have botanically inspired stationery, daphne and silkies.

Forbidden Fruits (2) have many different fruit trees, native bushfood and edibles.

Green E Roses, NSW (54) have delightful roses of all types.

Greenpatch Seeds, NSW sell heirloom organic veg, herbs, and flowers. They also have rare and common potted herbs, edibles and unusual fruiting plants

Harland's Nursery, NSW (37) have unusual cacti, succulents and bulbs.

Just Clivea and Rare Things (57) are new this year and have clivea, massonia and rare South African bulbs.

Queensland Succulents (QLD) are also newcomers and have succulents and cacti.

The Green Gallery (73) trackside have chrysanthemums, succulents and potted colour.

Underplants, NSW (72) trackside have collectable tillandsias and bromeliads.

You can see the full list of sellers at this link and find out more information about the event here.

Other Sellers
Cut Above Tools, NSW (18) sell quality garden tools.

Dinner on the Table (82) deliver nutritious meals across Sydney.

Florilegium Books, NSW (33) are a garden bookstore.

Garden Clinic, NSW (90) are plant doctors who can help with your plant problems.

Heaven in Earth, NSW (21) sell garden items, tools and beautifully crafted ornaments in glass, wood, slate and terracotta.

Keeper & Hive (80 trackside) are first time fair exhibitors and have a wide range of equipment, local bee products including honey, balms and waxes.

Food Truck - Trackside
Vietnamese Street food
Despana Tapas
Organic Food Agape
Monster Roll
G6 Shakes
Turkish Gozleme
Coffee/ Café: The Travelling Barista, Underground Coffee

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Why? For a fabulous collectors plant fair
When: 6th and 7th April 2019
Where: Hawkesbury Race Club, 1 Racecourse Road, Clarendon 2756
Cost: $14
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