Show goers that book early will enjoy discounted tickets when pre-purchased online, with groups of 10 or more enjoying even greater savings. Families can take advantage of free entry for all children under 15 and can also experience the newly created aMaze exploratory garden designed just for the kids.
The Australian Garden Show Sydney will feature ambassadors who are all leaders and innovators in their fields. Gardening legend Don Bourke joinsIndira Naidoo, Angus Stewart, Myles Baldwin and from the UK international ambassador, Andrew Fisher Tomlin. The show has more than doubled this year and on display there will be dozens of gardens covering a variety of styles from inspirational gardens, large-scale custom-built installations, to backyard city gardens and balcony gardens.
The Australian Garden Show celebrates Sydney as the creative hub of Australia and the Asia Pacific region and will feature the best of Australian garden design and living architectural talent with creative installations, floral artistry, horticulture, lighting artistry and landscape design on display.
One of the shows highlights is a garden talk from renowned TV personality and author of My Edible Garden, Indira Naidoo. Indira kick started the urban gardening movement in Sydney and turned her tiny, inner city balcony into a veggie patch. Indira will give advice on how to utilise small inner-city spaces and tips to grow food no matter how small the space.
"I'm thrilled to be involved in the Australian Garden Show Sydney again this year after the huge success of its inaugural year. I hope the balcony garden I am designing for this year's Balcony Garden exhibit will inspire more urban dwellers to start their own garden no matter how small their space. My balcony is filled year-round with the fragrance of fresh herbs, ripening tomatoes, edible flowers and salad greens,” said Indira Naidoo, Australian Garden Show Sydney Ambassador.
If you are in town for the Australian Garden Show, immerse yourself in some of the best gardens Sydney and the surrounding area has to offer:
Royal Botanic Gardens and the Domain, is an oasis of 30 hectares in the heart of the city. Wrapped around the edge of Sydney Harbour, the Gardens is positioned in one of Sydney's most spectacular spots with views to Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Established in 1816, the gardens are home to a wide variety of Australian and overseas plants.
The Grounds of Alexandria is an inner-city, sustainable speciality coffee outfit and cafe in a heritage-listed warehouse transformed into a micro-farm with olive trees, vegetable patches, roaming poultry, a bakery and resident horticulturalist. Every last Saturday in the month, you can shop and sample the fresh produce at The Grounds Markets.
On the north shore, picnic in Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden in Lavender Bay, take in the delightful Lex and Ruby Graham Gardens and their touching story at Cremorne Point, and discover the almost-secret Swain Gardens in Killara.
Entering The Chinese Garden of Friendship is like walking backwards in time to the quiet solitude of ancient Chinese architecture. The garden combines the elements of water, plants, stone and architecture. Running water, cool lagoons and large colourful fish makes it an idyllic place to rest and recuperate.
Just outside of Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mt Tomah is the highest botanic garden in Australia and is home to a world class collection of plants from the cooler southern hemisphere. Thanks to its cool and tranquil environment, the Blue Mountains is the perfect place to grow plants from cooler regions of the world.
To pre-purchase tickets and for more information on The Australian Garden Show Sydney go to www.australiangardenshowsydney.com.au
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