Camden Garden Festival ready to thrill green thumbs

Emma Castle is the organiser of the first Camden Garden Festival to be held this month. Picture: Simon Bennett
Emma Castle is the organiser of the first Camden Garden Festival to be held this month. Picture: Simon Bennett

Whether your garden is a flourishing backyard oasis or you’ve managed to kill every pot plant you’ve ever owned, the Camden Garden Festival has something for everyone.

The event will feature a range of hands-on activities and workshops to cater for gardeners of all skill levels and those who enjoy a social day out.

The spring event will be held from Friday, September 21 until Sunday, September 23 as a part of the Camden Festival celebrations.

Camden Garden Festival organiser Emma Castle said the area’s natural environment inspired her to start the event.

“I only moved out here last year and I just fell in love with Camden,” the Camden Park resident said.

“There are so many beautiful gardens and historic locations out here and I want to bring more people out to see it.

“There is no reason Camden shouldn’t be a day-trip destination like the Blue Mountains or the Southern Highlands.”

The program also includes workshops, kitchen garden tours, an open day at the Camden Community Garden, a veggie gardening masterclass and a series of talks with local gardening and sustainability experts. 

The event will be held in conjunction with the Camden Community Garden, Camden Produce Markets, the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan, Glenmore House, Camden Park House and Upstairs at Fred’s.

The official launch event will be held at Upstair’s at Fred’s on the Friday night featuring guest speaker and Mudgee winemaker Tim White, organic wine tasting and tapas.

The festival kicks on with the ‘Tea and Terrariums at Toni’s’ workshop.

Guests can enjoy home-baked Devonshire teas and make their own glass terrarium bowl to take home.

Ms Castle said she hoped the new festival would be an annual event.

“We have heaps of cool stuff confirmed and a lot more cool stuff to come,” she said.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun with a bit of know-how for gardeners of all skill levels.”

Some events at the festival require pre-booking.

To find out more or book an event, visit: camdengardenfestival.com.

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