Macedon garden lovers’ bonanza

Amanda Gauci, Chris Williams and Brigid Robertson preparing the garden. Picture: Joe Mastroianni

Rare plants and hard-to-find gardening books will be on sale during a major garden lovers’ fair at one of Mount Macedon’s most famous estates later this month.

As many as 1000 people are expected to attend Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s huge annual event at heritage-listed Bolobek on September 19 and 20.

Gardening experts, including Stephen Ryan, Simon Rickard and Carolyn Blackman, will share their wisdom and insights during a series of gardening Q & A sessions.

First held in 2002, the former plant lovers’ market has been expanded to include children’s activities, local wines, homemade food and coffee.

Bolobek’s Brigid Robertson says more than 30 stalls will be at this year’s event.

‘‘People will also be able to wander through the property, which includes about 2.5 hectares of garden and 2.5 hectares of parkland,’’ she says.

‘‘We’re making it a real day out. ‘And spring has definitely sprung. The camellias are coming out and things are really greening up; it’s beginning to lose that grey.’’

Bolobek is at 370 Mount Macedon Road, Macedon (see map below).

Entry: $10; children free.

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