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Rare & Unusual Plants on Display
Happy Plant Hunting! Photography: Daniel Shipp
The Collectors Plant Fair is one of Australia's most treasured garden events, showcasing the biggest range of plant material anywhere in Australia. This is ideal for those who love collecting rare plants and flowers for their gardens.
Surround yourself with unique garden inspiration and expert advice to create your own stunning garden jungle at home with the plants you find at the Plant Fair. There's so much to look at, you will want to take your time and smell the roses.
About: Launching in 2005, The Collectors Plant Fair, held within the historic grounds of the Hawkesbury Race Club, has become the largest rare plant fair in the country. This year, they have 88 specialist plant growers displaying rare, long-lost, plants. During the fair, you can meet the growers, ask them all your questions and meet like-minded people who love plants. This show is also inspiring a new generation of green thumbs.
History: The fair outgrew its first location in Bilpin. The past five years has seen the event held at the Hawkesbury Race Club in Clarendon, allowing more specialist nurseries to showcase their plants and more gardeners to find them.
You never know what you'll find. Photography: Daniel Shipp
Why:The Collectors Plant Fair is the best place to find rare and unusual plant species. Commercial garden centres may never get these rare plants in due to the plant being too hard to propagate, too slow to grow, perhaps a particular plant isn't popular for whatever reason or it could just be that the plant is unsuited to large-scale commercial horticulture. The Collectors Plant Fair welcomes these wonderful plants and keeps them safe and happy until you take them home.
The Flower Show: If you're someone who loves flower shows, The Old-school Flower Show is for you.The show encourages you to exhibit your rare homegrown blooms right out of your garden, for amazing garden related prizes. It doesn't have to be a flower – You could choose to select and display an unusual leaf, seed pod or interesting foliage. Everyone is welcome to participate - Simply bring a single flower and gold coin donation to the show room to enter (proceeds go to charity). Flowers will be displayed in glass bottles along the tables in the hall. Judging will commence 2:00 pm Sunday afternoon, winners will be contacted immediately by phone.
What can I find? You could possibly find amazing rare plants such as Tasmanian native rush, Dichorisandras (Blue Ginger), Waterlilies, Lotus hybrids, Purple Kangaroo paws, Dalia tubers, Bromeliads, Salvias, unusual vegetable seeds and so much more. If you are after something in particular or any specific plant growing advice, just ask the expert stallholders and they will point you in the right direction.
Who are the Stallholders? Click here to see a list of this year's stall holders
What else? There will also be books on sale and coffee available, the latter to keep you fortified as you search through the collection.
Beautiful flowers on display at the Collectors Plant Fair. Photography: Daniel Shipp
Saturday April 7, 8am - 4pm - Online ticket $14 ($15 at the gate)
Sunday April 8, 9am - 4pm - Online ticket $12 ($13 at the gate)
Weekend pass, April 7&8 - Online ticket $20 ($25 at the gate)
Getting there: From Sydney or Southern Highlands take the M7, then take the Richmond Road exit and turn right into Racecourse Road after George Street roundabout to South Windsor. From Windsor take first left after golf course. From Richmond, take first right after the Visitor Information Centre opposite the Richmond RAAF Base.
Keep in touch: Keep in touch with plant-loving friends, growers and experts via the shows Facebook and Instagram accounts.
A beautiful weekend in Sydney for the whole family to enjoy.