Following the success of the 2017 event, the Burra Spring Garden Expo 2018 will once again be held in conjunction with the Burra Districts Open Garden weekend.
Features of the Spring Garden Expo in 2018 include:
opening by Sophie Thomson
children's workshops for classes from the local school on Friday 19 October
displays on the theme (Poppies for Peace, Red for Remembrance)
floral art competition
floral art workshops
garden art sales
½ day bus tours to selected gardens (including 2 gardens that are only open to those on the bus tour) and to Princess Royal Station.
There will be approximately 14 gardens open to visitors over the weekend in Hallett, Mt Bryan, Farrell Flat and Burra. These gardens are amazing especially in light of the difficult conditions (frost, very hot summers, limited water) and reflect well on the passion and dedication of the gardeners. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience and are very willing to share this to help others.
The Burra Regional Art Gallery (adjacent to the Town Hall) holds an exhibition in Spring called 'The Art of the Flower and Garden' and is an added attraction on the weekend.
There are several public gardens in Burra that are well worth visiting as well – the Town Hall and Art Gallery gardens, the Creek Gardens and the Burra Railway Station garden.
Opening 9:30am Sat 20th October by Sophie Thomson “Gardening Australia” presenter, author, obsessive-compulsive gardener of Sophie's Patch Mother of 5!
Sophie is passionate about the role gardening can play in people’s lives as a stress reliever. With more people claiming to feel stressed in their daily lives, let alone having to deal with the challenges faced when experiencing natural disasters such as flood or fires, she is convinced that gardening has a vital role to play in individual and community health, which is being backed up by research and engagement worldwide. “I believe gardening provides some of the solutions to life’s challenges” says Sophie “because it reduces stress, teaches us resilience, care of our environment and gives us great pleasure and rewards when we see what we can achieve through our endeavours”.