The Event - What's On
Join the launch of the 2019 event on 17 October 2019 at the Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, 1 Kendall Avenue, at 4.30pm. Bathurst Regional Council Mayor, Garden Owners, Sponsors, representatives of the community groups who will receive net proceeds of the event will be in attendance. The guest speaker is Mary Moody, former Gardening Australia presenter and author whose new book is called The Accidental Tour Guide. Live music will be provided by the recipients from Mitchell Conservation who receive Scholarships from funds raised over the weekend.
Media can a preview look at the Gardens on weekend of 19th & 20th October, 2019 or by arrangement with Garden Owners the following week. Contact Sarah Fairhurst, Spring Spectacular Coordinator on 0422 811 324 or Dianna Baillie, Spring Spectacular Publicity Officer on 0466 955 946.
The Bathurst Spring Spectacular is a great day out for families. The event features 10 Open Gardens in the Bathurst region, nine new gardens and one garden that is also an Exclusive Boutique Hotel not usually open to the public. The gardens have different features. The main highlights of each garden are:
• Bag End: Farmer McGregor style Peter Rabbit vegetable garden, Signpost of owner’s Tours of Duty in the army
• White Hollow: Lizard pen, potting shed made of recycled windows and doors
• Mary & David’s Garden: New statement feature – is it a water feature or a special garden seat?
• Somerset Rise: Espaliered fruit trees
• Greenbrook: Spring lambs and historic farm machinery in a rural garden.
• Susie & Co’s garden: Modern wrought iron screens & feature entertainment pergola. Also Evans Arts Council Art Show and craft demonstrations.
• The Gorrick’s Garden: Herbaceous perennial borders and a native garden too.
• The Glen: Thousands of lavenders and lots of big sculptures in a rural setting.
• Gwen’s Garden: Cottage garden with 5 pergolas and bird baths
• Bishop’s Court Estate: Shady garden with 100+ year old trees, potager garden and delicious homemade gelato.
Live music from local musicians in each garden twice daily. See attached schedule.
Evans Arts Council are partnering with The Bathurst Spring Spectacular and will have a fabulous Art Show with art for sale and also craft demonstrations at Susie & Co’s garden. Wendy-Lou Tisdell is the contact on 02 6337 3894. There will be artisan demonstrations in most gardens including Fiona Howle Workshops who will be holding Garden Journal workshops for $5 each. Her contact is Karl from redlionforge will be at The Glen and have his portable forge and will be holding blacksmithing demonstrations and people can try their hand at blacksmithing too. Food stalls supporting local groups at 4 gardens. Country Womens’ Association at White Hollow, Raglan Rural Fire Service at Greenbrook, Bishop’s Court Estate for Daffodil Cottage Wig Library and Bathurst Panorama Chorus Fundraising at Somerset Rise.
There are gardening raffle prizes including a painting by VN Merrit a local artist, gardening tools and a voucher from Riverside Nursery.
Funds raised in 2019 will go towards: 2BS Miracle Christmas Appeal, Scholarships at The Mitchell Conservatorium, Headspace, Bathurst Community Transport Radiation Bus, Defence Community Dogs (Digger Dogs) and Lions Club Drought Relief programme. In 2018, $19,000 was raised for local charity/community groups.
Major sponsors: 2BS GOLD, ANL Landscape Supplies, Bathurst City Life, Bathurst Visitors Information Centre. Sponsors: Bathurst Buslines, Bathurst Community Op Shop, Bathurst Real Estate, Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst Mowerland, Bathurst Motor Inn, Ben Chifley Motor Inn, Bishop's Court Estate, Brian Burke Printing, Bunnings, Burke's Transport, Churches Garden Centre, Easy Living Footwear, fifty8 George, Fish & Sons, Greenacres Turf Farm, Hothams Sand, Soil and Gravel, Mitchell Batteries, Narellan Pools, Panorama Motel Bathurst, Petrie's Mitre 10, Pigments & Palettes, Red Chair Boutique, Riverside Nursery, Scott Mitchell Plumbing, Terri Crumpler Marriage Celebrant, Varman Landscaping, WaterMart.