Head back in time to Nanna’s place

Countryman
Tulips at Nannup townsite.
Camera IconTulips at Nannup townsite. Credit: Countryman

Celebrating 20 years of producing garden goodness, the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival will take a stroll back in time to bring us Love from Nanna’s Garden from August 18-21.

Stirring up memories of sweet English lavender, steaming apple and rhubarb crumble, and playing on the Hills Hoist in Nanna’s backyard, the festival will bring the Nannup community together for a four-day spectacular to ensure the “olden day” traditions are kept alive and well.

Each year the Nannup Garden Village comes together with the Nannup Historical Society, the CWA, craft groups, community gardeners and local photographers to present the annual festival.

Chairwoman Denise Green said it took a village to raise a garden bed.

“Our passionate volunteers and community groups are what gives our local event the unity and reputation of holding onto what is often forgotten,” she said.

“This year, our theme, Love from Nanna’s Garden, will see us slow down and smell the roses, and bring back old traditions so that they can be passed down to our grandchildren, ensuring the love of gardening keeps growing.”

Taking inspiration from their grandmothers’ gardens will be Nannup District Senior High School students, who will design and install a beautiful show garden using recycled materials.

A who’s who of local garden experts and celebrity chefs will be at the festival to pass on their own gardening hints and tips, including Neville Passmore, soil expert Steve Wood, Darren Seinor, Lisa Passmore, Bob Longmore, Southern Forest Honey’s Sarah Green, Tasty Edibles chef Shannon Fraser Butler, and MC Deryn Thorpe.

Angus Stewart, best recognised as the presenter of Gardening Australia on television, will provide information on low-maintenance gardening for seniors and growing bush food, and will lead daily panel discussions during Garden Talk, when visitors can ask gardening questions and get handy tips and all the tricks from the experts.

River Cottage Australia host and chef Paul West will team up with internationally famed cooking sensation Sophie Budd, Urban Tucker Woman Caroline Harry and Suzy Poli from the Bushfood Association of WA for the popular Garden to Gourmet workshops.

Ian Parmenter, known for his Consuming Passions show on the ABC, will also be at the festival.

With his love of food, passion for life, and his witty sense of humour, Parmenter is sure to be a showstopper at the Garden to Gourmet workshops which run from the Friday to the Sunday of the Festival.

Bursting with colour and creative ideas, the festival provides plenty of shelter to stay warm and dry, so whatever the weather, visitors can wander through more than 100 garden and craft stalls at the weekend markets, discover the latest landscape trends, buy the newest plant releases and be inspired by the stunning open garden displays.

And on Saturday night, the Nannup Music Club is adding to the festival vibe by presenting live music and foot-stomping fun by Jones of Arc and Red Sea Pedestrians at the Loose Goose Function Shed.

With plenty to do for the whole family, from a dedicated children’s area to the Big Nannup Nanna’s plant stall, garden talks, question and answer sessions, demonstrations and floral displays in the Great Hall of Flowers, there is something for everyone.

Visit nannupgardens.org.au or follow Nannup Garden Festival on Facebook for key event information.

The Nannup Flower and Garden Festival is sponsored by the State Government through Tourism WA’s Regional Events Scheme, which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions.

EVENT DETAILS

Name: Nannup Flower & Garden Festival

Date: Thursday, 18 August to Sunday, 21 August 2016

Time: 9am – 4pm daily

Cost:

Town Hall

Seniors $4pp (Thursday, 18 August only)

General $5pp (Thursday to Sunday)

Groups $4pp (10 or more)

Kids under 12 years FREE

Showgardens

Seniors FREE (Thursday, 18 August only)

General $3pp

Kids under 12 years FREE

Open Gardens Entry:

$4 &$5 (proceeds support various charities)

Ticketed events bookings: www.trybookings.com

Phone: 0476 208 573

Email: coordinator@nannupgardens.org.au

Website: www.nannupgardens.org.au

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