Collectors Plant Fair
The ultimate gardeners and plant lovers’ event is coming this April.
We all know gardeners are a funny lot. It’s ok, I’m a gardener, so I can say it. It wasn’t until I first attended this event a few years ago I realised I’m actually a plant collector, not just a mere gardener. I know that because no matter how many plants I have I still have to have more. My family therefore have to put up with me stopping into garden centres on family holidays, filling the car with plants and repeatedly find me in the garden first thing in the morning in my pyjamas checking on my horticultural kingdom. Sorry. Not sorry.
Therefore I’m very excited the Hawkesbury will once again host the Collectors' Plant Fair 2021 at the Hawkesbury Race Club. The annual event occurs over a full weekend each autumn, this year will be held on April 10 & 11. The event always proves to be a fun-filled weekend of all things plants and garden. After being postponed twice in 2020, the long awaited event will attract plant collectors and stall holders from all over country. The Collectors Plant Fair was born as a small event in a paddock in Bilpin in 2005 and has since grown to be the largest plant fair in Australia. Boasting in excess of 100 specialist plant growers and garden related stallholders will host (and importantly sell) their stocks to thousands of ‘plant collectors’ within the historic Race Club grounds.
It’s not just your run of the mill plant nursery options on show and up for sale either, the event is filled with specialist growers, advice from plant experts, rare and unusual horticultural treasures, indoor plants, garden art, sculpture and features and just as importantly plenty of food options and decent coffee (the organisers have guaranteed us!).
Here are some tips to get the most out of the day:
Stay close – Saturday gates open at 8am and Sunday at 9am. The mornings are always the busiest time as every plant treasure hunter attempts to find the plunder first. If you aren’t local, you can get ahead of the game by staying in the area. By not having to travel for hours to arrive and then having to drive home after a day of discovering, learning and shopping, you will thank yourself. See a full list of Hawkesbury Accommodation options here.
Plan your day – Research the list of stall holders and locate them on the event map to ensure you don’t miss them. You can find out more about all the stalls on the stall listing page. Checkout the news page for information about the event and the stories behind the plants and stall holders to get the most out of attending. Book your tickets in advance, by doing so you'll get a much better deal on admission and it will also save you time on the day too. Get a group together and book in advance to save even more, groups of 10 or more get a group discount.
Trolley it or use the plant crèche – To save you running back and forth after each purchase consider bringing your own small trolley to reduce transit time and increase browsing time. Even better than dragging a trolley around for the day check all your finds into the Plant crèche. The crèche is operated by volunteers from the Mt Tomah Rural Fire Service. They will safeguard your new babies until it’s time to head home. There will be a shuttle bus running from parking areas to the entry to save some walking.
Check out what the rest of The Hawkesbury has to offer – While you are here do yourself a favour, stay longer and take a look around. There’s plenty of other things to see an discover including open gardens, drives, local history, local markets and events or enjoying the local art or food scene, bushwalks and lookouts, picking fruit and food experiences, wineries and cider cellar doors and so much more. Call in to the Visitor Information Centre, or get in touch and we’ll point you in the right direction to discover what our Hawkesbury has to offer.
We hope you enjoy the fair, and wish you a wonderful day (or two!).
In the words of the Plant Fair team... “Take a treasure home! Talk to the experts. Grow a garden. Be inspired.”
See you there!
Images sourced from - Collectors' Plant Fair 2021
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