For lovers of gardens

Brigid Robertson. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Esther Lauaki

Specialist plant growers and artisan tool-makers will share their knowledge during the upcoming garden lovers fair at one of Mount Macedon’s most famous estates.

Up to 1000 people are expected to attend Mount Macedon Horticultural Society’s two-day annual event at heritage-listed Bolobek on October
6 and 7.

Gardening experts, including Stephen Ryan, of Dicksonia Rare Plants, author of eight gardening books Penny Woodward and succulents enthusiast Attila Kapitany will share tricks of the trade 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 said there will be something for all at this year’s event in the “green heart” of the ranges.

‘‘People will be able to wander through the property, which includes about 2.5 hectares of garden and 2.5 hectares of parkland,’’ Ms Robertson said.

‘‘We’re making it a real day out. And spring has definitely sprung. The camellias are coming out and things are really greening up.’’

Bolobek is at 370 Mount Macedon Road, Macedon. Entry: $12, or $20 weekend entry. Children enter for free.