Forget “potted colour”, forget hothouse flowers that keel over at the first hint of winter frosts. Forget supermarket prices, too! Cudgegong Valley Public School’s 2017 garden fair was a great place to buy plants for anyone interested in sustainable gardening in our local area.
Local knowledge is invaluable when it comes selecting the right plants for your garden. And the best place to find tried and tested local plants is often at an event like this one, which was organised by the school’s garden club, and held at Lawson Farm.
Here’s my snapshot of the day’s happenings.
There were hundreds of people!
The car park was packed, the buyers were queued up, and the energy was, at times, almost frenetic.
There were thousands of plants!
These plants weren’t showy, but they were all healthy specimens and varieties which suit the local conditions. It appeared to me the vast majority were raised from cuttings or saved seed, from proven plants that can weather the climatic extremes which we experience in winter and summer.
Amber and Cody selected super healthy tomato plants, success guaranteed!
There were Grandmas and children buying plants, together.
So good to see the love of gardening being passed down the generations!
Kaye, with her 11 year old granddaughter, Taylah, and one of their purchases
There was a Giant Pod.
I’m not sure who had more fun with this- the children or the skilled weavers who created it?
This was a magical drawcard for the children…
There was music too, played by people wearing red hats!
There were flowers galore, including a display where people could create their own arrangements.
Karen working on a pretty posy.
When a relaxing break was required, there was an irresistible bridge, over a pond with beautiful irises.
Here’s what I took home with me.
Artemisia Powis Castle– a classic “white garden” plant.
Artemisia (centre), ready to go in with established Dusty Miller
This will be a lovely addition to my white/moon garden (you may like to have a look at my blog post Dreaming of a white garden…)
Fantastically sculptural, drought tolerant Agave.
There’s a great display of these at the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens, in the Cactus and Succulent Garden. If you like this plant, you may be interested in my post Encounter the bizarre.
On a similar note, two more succulents for my collection.
There’s always a new variety of succulent to collect!
I found a deep burgundy-read leafed canna lily, Canna Paciorecznik.
This will be a perfect backdrop to contrast with the grey-green catmint.
I picked up this healthy-looking White Valerian. I already have lots of pink Valerian in my garden. It seems to self-seed prolifically, and is unfazed by our baking summers and frosty winters.
I’m now hoping that one day I’ll have a display as lovely as the one in this Mudgee cottage garden.
Cottage Garden with pink and white valerian (bottom left)
For information about other prolific self-seeding plants see my blog post Sustainability made easy.
For my herb garden, I couldn’t resist this golden oregano.
And there’s always room for one more hardy, reliable Salvia.
I don’t know if this garden fair is an annual event, can anyone enlighten me?