Green thumbs will flock to Camden this spring for a plant-based program of talks, tours and garden sales
The region’s greenery will be on show this September for the inaugural Camden Garden Festival with activities and discussions for gardening pros and novices alike. Diverting slightly from the core gardening premise, the festival will officially kick off with a wine tasting and nature photography exhibition at 6pm on September 21.
The program for Saturday will be led by discussions with local gardening and sustainability experts, talking about green topics like the importance of bees for biodiversity, the principles of organic farming and therapeutic gardening. Over the three-day festival, there will also be an open day at Camden Community Garden, workshops where you can construct glass terrariums or macramé plant hangers, tours and open days at heritage listed farmhouses and a masterclass in growing vegetables – don’t forget to book ahead for these activities and talks.
Then plan your own garden makeover and pick up some greenery from the pop-up plant sales around the area. The Camden Garden Festival Markets held at Upstairs at Fred’s will host a plant market on the terrace form 9.30am-3pm each day, and there’ll also be a sale at Camden Park House on the Saturday and Sunday. The festival coincides with the house’s open day (Sep 23) – where visitors can tour the original home of Elizabeth and John Macarthur – so this is a great opportunity to explore the horticultural heritage of this Georgian home after picking up a new leafy friend.