The Garden State bounces back!

After two years of a covid-induced hiatus, Victorian horticultural shows and plant fairs are back, bigger than ever!

The three-day Melbourne Orchid Spectacular, held last weekend, continued the trend of increased interest and sales seen earlier in the year at the autumn shows. Many of the specialist orchid nurseries ran out of stock on the first day and reported sales double pre-pandemic levels.

All of the specialist plant collectors’ clubs are again planning for their spring exhibitions – from daffodil to succulent and rose shows. After cancellations over the last two years, all of the major plant fairs have also returned for Spring.

With quality vendors and an extensive speaker program, Yea Garden Expo is rapidly developing as one of the best horticultural events north of Melbourne. This year the expo is set for the 17th and 18th of September.

Macedon Horticultural Society will celebrate it’s one-hundredth birthday with the return of it’s Garden Lovers’ Fair held in the beautiful grounds of Bolobek at Mount Macedon (1st and 2nd October).

The hard-working Drouin Lions Club have handed over the running of their Garden and Home Expo to the team at Lardner Park. This event will occur, as always, on the second weekend in October (8th and 9th).

The Yarra Valley Plant Fair will top off the Spring show season with an array of gardening identities including Angus Stewart, Jane Edmanson and Vasili Kanidiadis speaking over the weekend. Organised by the Larkman family within the grounds of their nursery at Wandin (5/6 November) this innovative event continues to grow, attracting vendors of rare and unusual plants.

by Paul Kirkpatrick

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