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Lanyon Plant Fair 2016

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If you've got a green thumb, or you just wish you did, then you'll want to head along to the Lanyon Plant Fair on the 12th and 13th of March. Learn all about growing plants in Canberra's cool climate region, and pick up some rare and interesting plants to add to your garden.

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The fair will be the fifth held at Lanyon Homestead, but there's a slight change this year. After the closure of Open Gardens Australia in 2014, the fair had an uncertain future. Fortunately the Horticultural Society of Canberra have joined with the Cultural Facilities Corporation to continue the event at the historic Homestead.

There are two days of demonstrations and speakers to help you learn new tips for your own garden, or just learn some interesting information.

On Saturday you can learn about the similarities between succulents and bulbs, watch Marilyn Carle demonstrate floral art, see great gardens from all over the world, find out more about organic pest management, or get tips from 2CC's gardening gurus.

On Sunday it's a comparison between succulents and roses, tips for growing your own vegetables, tid bits about dahlias, and a bit about natives.

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If you're not busy learning from the speakers and demonstrations, then you can browse through the sculptures and displays around the homestead. Lots of plants will be available for sale, and in most cases you'll be able to speak directly to the growers. You can even learn more about bee-keeping thanks to the Beekeepers Association of ACT.

The Lanyon Plant Fair is a great day out for families too - even if you don't have your own garden. There are kids activities from 10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday and a Botanical Family Trail for families to explore in their own time. Kids will also like the 'doll's house' viewing of Layton Homestead and the historic engines on display thanks to the Canberra and District Historic Engines Club.

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Regardless of the size of your garden plot there's something to do at the Lanyon Plant Fair. It's a good excuse just to get a better look at the historic house. Food and drink will be available all day.

The fair is open from 10am to 4pm over the two days. Tickets are $10, but under 18s are free.
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Why? Explore rare and unusual plants
When: March 12-13, 10am-4pm
Where: Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, Gordon
Cost: $10pp, Under 18s free
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