Warratina Lavender Farm is holding its annual open garden weekend on November 18th and 19th, from 10 am to 4pm. They are located in the stunning Yarra Valley, about an hour out of Melbourne.
Spring has sprung, the roses are coming out and they are looking fantastic, the lavender will be starting to bloom, and while it won't be ready for picking, there will be some lovely colour to marvel at. So why don't you head out to Warratina Lavender Farm to admire the picturesque landscape and to have a great day out with the entertainment on offer.
This is a wonderful community event that not only showcases the lavender and the beautiful gardens, but thanks to the generosity of Warratina Lavender Farm. This weekend also supports the local CFA, with funds from the entry going to the Wandin CFA to support the purchase of much-needed road rescue equipment.
The local CFA will be at the open garden weekend, with displays and activities to inform and entertain. They will set up a smoke tent, where as a simulation exercise they fill the tent with smoke and both children and adults can learn how to deal with house fires, by crawling through at ground level. This is fully supervised by the CFA, so it's a good way to learn how to safely to leave a building if it is on fire or full of smoke. The CFA will also have other activities for the children and there will be information from the resource centre to share with the public about fire safety.
Craft demonstrations at the Open Garden include: • Woodworkers will be demonstrating wood turning and they will have their hand-crafted items for sale. • There will be wool spinning demonstrations and products knitted from this wool which will be available too. • On Sunday, the ladies from the tatters guild will be demonstrating tatting, which is a very old-fashioned craft. It's not crocheting, but they make doilies out of looping thread in a special way. It's quite a skill, and the pieces these ladies make are just lovely. So this is a great chance to find some unique Christmas gift ideas.
The Warratina Tea Rooms won't have their full menu because the day gets too busy. But they will have their toasties, lavender and plain scones, with home-made jam and double cream, lavender ice cream and coffee. The CFA will also have a sausage sizzle, which will help to keep your bellies full if you desire.
You will of course, be able to tour the beautiful gardens and the homestead as well. The lavender that will be blooming at this time is the edible lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), which is darker in colour and sweeter in fragrance.
Warratina Lavender Farm is located at 105 Quayle Rd, Wandin North. The cost for entry is $10 adult, $5 child (under 12 is free), $25 family, with proceeds going to the CFA. If it's a drive for you, why not stay the night and make it a weekend getaway, because there is so much to see and do in the Yarra Valley. You can find out more here.
So why don't you make the most of the wonderful blooms that nature has to offer and enjoy the tranquillity of the gardens while having an enjoyable day that supports a worthy cause. Spring has definitely sprung, so this might help you to spring along with it.