Special guest at this year's festival will be celebrity chef and keen gardener Paul West, (presenter of River Cottage Australia) who will be speaking and launching his new book. On Sunday, he will chat about his new book The Edible Garden Cookbook and Planting Guide followed by book signings. Please note that the Fork to Fork event Paul is hosting on the Saturday has sold out.
The festival promises a weekend of fun with kids activities, local stallholders, free mini-workshops, tours of the beautiful gardens, fork to fork dining and heaps more.
The schedule for Saturday includes 2 garden tours at 10.30am and 2.30pm with head gardener Julian Blackhirst. The Diggers Club will be running the following free mini-workshops:
11.30am - Tips & Tricks to growing tomatoes 1.00pm - Perennial Workshop "this goes with that" 2.00pm - Preparing your soil for a bumper crop 3.00pm - Basics on seed saving
On Sunday there will also be 2 garden tours, at 10.30am and at 2.30pm when Paul West will join Julian Blackhirst for an informative stroll around the garden. Pick up a few more great tips at the following mini-workshops:
11.30am - Summer care for your fruit trees 1.00pm - Tips & Tricks to growing Heirloom tomatoes with Julian
2.00pm - Basics on seed saving
3.00pm - Preparing your soil for a bumper crop
Entry: Diggers Club Members and Under 16 free, Visitors $10
The Garden of St Erth in Blackwood offers something for visitors at all times of the year, including carpets of daffodils in spring, long flowering flower borders in summer and magnificent autumn garden colour. Pop into the Diggers garden shop for a wide range of incredible edibles, hardy perennials and shrubs and stock up on seeds for your vegetable and flower garden.
Blackwood is located on the Lerderderg River, 89 kilometres north-west of Melbourne.