The 2018 NSW Collector's Plant Fair will be held at the historic Hawkesbury Race Club in Clarendon NSW on Saturday the 7th of April and Sunday the 8th of April. The fair promises to be bigger than ever with over 90 specialist growers of unusual and hard-to-find plants.
Unique Plants on Offer - Photography by Daniel Shipp
The fair began in 2005 and has grown to be the largest rare plant fair in Australia. This fair is all about the plants you don't come across in your local garden nursery. They might be varieties that are hard to grow, unsuited to large commercial horticulture or plants that have simply fallen out of favour. It is these plants that will be celebrated at the Collector's Plant Fair.
The 80 plus stalls will showcase some unique plants, books, garden accessories and of course, delicious food trucks and coffee! The fair is a must for lovers of unusual plants who can find inspiration to create their own magical gardens and indoor jungles with some of the rare plants on offer. If you're a novice at this plant stuff then why not simply go along to discover some long-lost plants, meet the growers, sip good coffee and eat delicious food.
The Delightful Setting - Photography by Daniel Shipp
Some amazingly talented gardeners will also hold conversation sessions as part of the fair's program on both days with talks on topics like landscaping and arranging home-grown flowers. Conversations will be held undercover in the marquee beside the racetrack and are free to all fairgoers.
New in 2018 is the 'Pig and Potatoes' Sunday picnic lunch. Foodies are sure to be delighted with this 'Paddock to Plate' irresistible lunch to be held only on the Sunday and hosted by Martin Boetz from Cooks Co-Op. Lunch will be a lavish affair of roast organic pork, potato salad, dill pickle, salsa verde, tomato relish and sourdough (accompanied by a local Hillbilly Cider!). The cost is $40 a plate and guests can enjoy their delicious lunch in a stable picnic setting complete with hay bales and gumtrees.
Located in the picturesque semi-rural setting of Clarendon, between Richmond and Windsor, there is plenty of parking available at the Hawkesbury Race Club. The fair also welcomes friendly dogs on leash. There's a discount weekend pass on both days for $20 ($25 at the gate) or a daily pass costing $14 for the Saturday or $12 for the Sunday. Furry friends get free entry!