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Urban Spring Festival 2012

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by MaggieVP (subscribe)
Freelance writer specialising in serendipity: the art of finding wonderful things by accident or sagacity. Comments and suggestions always welcome!
Have fun learning that it's easy to be green
Over the last few years, the Perth Cultural Centre has been transformed from a concrete desert to a green oasis. A stale chlorinated fountain is now a wetland wilderness. The nearby plaza hosts a variety of productive garden beds. It's a great example of environmental redevelopment and the perfect spot for the Urban Spring Festival.

Urban Spring Festival
This wetland was a concrete fountain.

The festival starts early with ABC 720 broadcasting from 8:30am, with local gardening legends Sabrina Hahn and Josh Byrne joining James Lush in giving advice to talkback callers on all things gardening.

At 9:30am, over in the Urban Orchard, the quarterly harvest and planting begins. All the harvested fruit, vegetables and herbs are donated to charity. This is a great chance to get some hands-on experience while learning about sustainable gardening and companion planting. There will also be tips on growing tasty and nutritious fruit and vegetables suitable for the local area.
Urban Spring Fair
Time to harvest and then replant

Activities continue throughout the day. For the kids there's a wacky garden party show and eco craft workshops. Parents should like the Ask It, Solve it Workshop with Josh Byrne for solutions to garden problems.

Everyone will enjoy Frogs, Friends and Foes from 2pm - 4pm in the afternoon when you can help release frogs and fish into the wetland pond.
Urban Spring Fair
Help a frog find a new home

There will also be treasure hunts, an urban obstacle course, films on the big screen and more activities at the nearby Museum and State Library.

All events are free but bookings are required for the Ask It, Solve It Workshop and the Harvest and Planting.
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Why? Celebrate spring in the reborn Perth Cultural Centre community garden and wetland.
When: 20 October 10 am - 4 pm
Where: Perth Cultural Centre, just off William Street
Cost: Free
Your Comment
This sounds awesome. Thanks for letting us know. We need as many of these events happening as we can get so as to save our planet. Saw a tee shirt that said "Save earth. It is the only planet with chocolate". This fact alone should motivate us all to be more enviromentally active. Again thanks for the info.
by KAM57 (score: 1|68) 2853 days ago
Thanks Kathy. I love what they've done with the fountain. Areal inspiration.
PS and you're right about the chocolate.
by MaggieVP (score: 2|600) 2852 days ago
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