Last year's inaugural Botanic and Rare Plant Fair was a huge success and the event was enjoyed by everyone from home gardening enthusiasts through to plant nerds alike. So the good news is that it's on again, the weekend of Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 October, 10am to 4pm, at the Observatory Precinct, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. This spring gardening event is jointly hosted by The Diggers Club, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Melbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens. This year's event is bursting with big, fresh inspiring ideas for garden novices and plant lovers alike!
There will be forty specialist plant and garden-ware stalls selling everything that the discerning and budding plant hunter needs. You can expect a great range of rare bulbs, seeds, plants, books and more. One of the highlight stalls is of course the Growing Friends Group, who holds two public plant sales each year. These are the only opportunities for members of the public to buy rare plants propagated from the Botanical Gardens' stock.
Throughout the event, there will be access to specialist knowledge, through presentations and tips direct from growers and plant producers. There will be a curated program of talks, demonstrations and interactive debates with industry luminaries and gardening identities under the banner of 'Towards 2050: Homo Sapiens vs Plants, Trees and Seeds', which promises to inform, entertain and provoke visitors with challenging ideas and fresh new concepts.
Presentation topics are: Saturday 21st October 10:30-11:30 am Growing new directions for small spaces 12 – 1pm Searching for Australia's garden identity 2 - 3 pm Designing the Australian landscape of the future
Sunday 22nd October 10:30-11:30am Growing new directions for small spaces 12 – 1pm Humans are the only species to lose control of its food supply. Will we survive? 2 – 3pm Can we plant enough trees to make Melbourne Liveable?
Plant Crèche If you're concerned about how you're going to look after your plants all day, well there is no need to worry, because the friends group will keep your plants hydrated whilst you continue to peruse the fair. Upon departure, you simply bring your car to the Plant Crèche pick up zone directly in front of the event site for collection. How good is that!
As for the rest of the family, you can bring them too, because there are activities for junior gardeners and lively family fun, as well as practical and creative ideas about growing food, urban gardens, and nurturing our living planet. As for lunch, you can bring a picnic and enjoy it in the botanical gardens, or why not treat yourself to a delicious lunch onsite at the Piggery Coffee Trailer, Benny Burger and Jardin Tan.
Proceeds from this event assist the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria to advance the understanding and appreciation of plants and to engage people in rich plant learning and science programs, toward our vision of a healthy planet and flourishing community. This is also supported by the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust.
So why don't you indulge your passion for rare and unusual plants at Melbourne's best celebration of all things botanic!