Imagine sitting under a magical fig tree, surrounded by thousands of plants and hundreds of sustainable living concepts whilst listening to live tunes by popular acoustic folk band Leopold’s Treat.
At Botanical Bazaar, the Gold Coast’s Garden Festival, you can do just that!
Held Sunday 4th August, this festival is a nature lover’s dream. Not only are there a bucket loads of green-inspired exhibitors, spades full of celebrity gardeners hosting over 15 educational talks, you can also participate in hands-on nature workshops.
Popular horticulturalist, garden journalist and ABC radio regular, Claire Bickle, will be hosting an Indoor Plant Success 101 workshop and Gardening for Pollinators masterclass this year. The workshops provide one-on-one teachings about how to best care for your indoor plants and how to attract more bees, butterflies and other beneficial insects to your garden.
“For the Indoor Plant workshop there will be a small group of us getting together out amongst nature and frolicking over plants. Who wouldn’t love that! Oh and there’s plenty of learning and sharing to happen too, plus attendees get to take home a plant to help them build their own indoor jungalow,” Claire said.
Other workshops which can be experienced at Botanical Bazaar include: Botanical Dying where you learn what plants and kitchen waste can be used for dying; Basket Weaving where you make your own weaved basket which you can take home, hosted by artist Rebecca O’Connell; and Flower Crown Making with award-wining florist Julia Rose.
Event Manager, Stacey Panozzo, said this year she’s introduced something new to the ever-growing garden festival.
“This year we have included permaculture education and nature-based community groups sharing information about what is happening in our own backyard and community. We’re also lucky to have Gold Coast Rotary involved with the co-ordination of the festival. This makes it a truly community driven day where profits go towards helping build Stage 2 of the Sensory Gardens for all abilities in Nerang and other community initiatives,” Stacey said.
Botanical Bazaar, supported by Councillor Peter Young from Division 5, is being held at Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Nerang on Sunday 4th August from 9am to 4pm.
To book a spot in a workshop or masterclass or pre-purchase your tickets to the festival visit www.botanicalbazaar.com.au