Garden giveaway

Nikki Staples from Tesselaar''s with Daffodil Bulbs amongst "Dahlia" flowers. PICTURE: ROB CAREW

By Rebecca Bills

THE 8th Tesselaar Gardening and Plants Expo is on next weekend with over 50 nursery and plant growers ready to unearth gardening treasures.
Set in the historic Tesselaar Gardens, home of the iconic Tulip Festival, it is a place of inspiration for all keen gardeners.
Tesselaar spokesperson Wendy Barnes said it’s a great day for all gardening connoisseurs and novices to come together to share and learn.
“It’s not like our Tulip Festival where we have an abundance of food and entertainment as the focus of this expo is on the plants and the gardens,” she said.
“All the exhibits are run by specialist growers which is really great as it gives people the rare opportunity to talk with the growers of the plant.”
Ms Barnes said gardening doyen and celebrity Stephen Ryan will host the weekend with other gardening guru’s like David Glenn and Meryl Johnson imparting their wisdom in free talks.
Roses, spring flowering bulbs, orchids, dry garden plants, clivia, ferns, perennials, annuals, carnivorous plants, heirloom vegetables, seeds, herbs and tree growers are just some of the specialists that will be available to chat to over the weekend. A range of locally made food and refreshments will be available all weekend.
Ms Barnes said if the weather is nice, a picnic lunch may be a good alternative for visitors.
“We also welcome all pets as long as they are on a lead,” she said.
The 8th Tesselaar’s Gardening and Plants Expo is running from 9am to 4pm on 5 and 6 April at 357 Monbulk Road, Silvan.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $13 for concession available online or at the gate.
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Winners will be announced on Wednesday 2 April at midday.