April is a great time to get back into gardening and it's also a great time to head up to the Clare Valley. The autumn colours of the post-vintage wine region pop with reds and browns before giving way to the cool greens of winter.
The SA Autumn Garden Festival was South Australia's first gardening festival and is widely known as its premier garden festival. Held at the Clare Showgrounds, the festival showcases not only the best of South Australian plants but a wide range of food and skincare products, garden accessories and sculptures.
Throw in plenty of guest speakers to inform and entertain all kinds of gardeners, and there's sure to be something for everyone.
The 2021 festival features over 70 exhibitors all set-up under the magnificent Eucalyptus trees at the northern end of the grounds. Speakers include ABC favourite Costa Georgiadis, who will share his love of gardening, Sophie Thomson, and Sean Kennedy, who will explain how to garden with SA natives. Alex Czura from SA Water will talk about how to water more effectively for a cooler, greener and more water-efficient garden around your home.
2021 stallholders will start from the ground up and range right through to your kitchen including 'Van Schaik's bio gro' with their expert knowledge and range of growing media, soil conditioners and mulch, heaps of SA plant sellers (including many natives and edibles), gourmet food and skincare products, right through to garden ornaments and kitchen essentials.
Cooking demonstrations will include Rebecca Sullivan, sharing her tips and tricks for cooking with native food, and Rebecca Paris from Australian Native Food Co - making a crunchy crocodile salad and Golden Gaytime.
If you're wanting to make a weekend of it, why not head up on Saturday to participate in workshops from Sophie Thompson and Rebecca Sullivan on Saturday April 17? Sophie will teach you how to 'Start Your Patch From Scratch', while Rebecca will talk about the 'Art of a Natural Home'.
The 2021 SA Autumn Garden Festival will be full of amazing speakers, lush plants, and great people with excellent knowledge on April 18, 2021. The festival runs from 10am - 3pm. Entry is $10, tickets available at the gate or you can book ahead here.