The bulbs are beginning to flower, the blossoms are out, and our thoughts of Spring and warmer weather are enticing us back to the garden.
It is time to mark your calendar to keep the last weekend of October, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October free for the 2023 Bathurst Gardeners’ Club Spring Spectacular.
Visitors to the Bathurst Gardeners Club Spring Spectacular gardens will not only enjoy the diversity of the open gardens but also enjoy the music provided by local musicians and students from the Mitchell Conservatorium. Refreshments will be available in some gardens as well as the occasional stall.
Among the ten beautiful gardens to welcome visitors is the magnificent St Anthony’s Creek which has grown and changed since the owners moved there over 30 years ago.
The front garden had steps that led down to a lawn surrounded by trees, roses and bulbs. There was an English oak planted in the 1960s in the paddock alongside, now in the garden, several different prunus trees and an ornamental grapevine that entirely encircled the house and coloured brilliantly every autumn. Shrubs included japonicas, may bushes and a beauty bush (Kolkwitzia) with pink and white flowers in November.
This original garden had been designed to complement the early-settler’s style homestead, so I kept what was here and just kept going, moving out the fences, making new garden areas to surround the extended house and planting as I went along. Writing the weekly gardening column for The Land is a wonderful excuse to experiment with design and to try new plants.
We had a vision of a garden with year-round interest that complemented the house and linked it with the surrounding small buildings and sheds. On the whole the garden has grown over the years to fulfil that vision.
With Spring fast approaching our thoughts of enhancing our gardens with a plant or two or more can be fulfilled with a visit to the ever-popular Monster Plant Stall on Saturday 28th October only between 9.00am until 4.30pm. The Plant Stall will be located adjacent to the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre.
Tickets will be $25.00 per person and will be available online from early September, from Bathurst Visitor Information Centre leading up to the event and from all gardens on the event weekend. For more information on tickets, supported local charities and a list of sponsors check the Bathurst Gardeners’ Club Spring Spectacular website at: https://bathurstgardenclub.org.au/bathurst-spring-spectacular/. Stay up to date with the latest news by following Bathurst Spring Spectacular on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/BathurstSpringSpectacular.
Visit the 2023 Bathurst Gardeners’ Club Spring Spectacular the last weekend in October 28-29 October to enjoy the open gardens of the Bathurst area.