SYDNEY IN SPRING: Rivendell Flower Show committee members, Patron Dame Marie Bashir, Don Burke OAM, Alice Kang, Cecily Rogers and Sharryn White.
SYDNEY IN SPRING: Rivendell Flower Show committee members, Patron Dame Marie Bashir, Don Burke OAM, Alice Kang, Cecily Rogers and Sharryn White. Ray Riley

Slip away to Sydney for a weekend of spring flowers

GARDENING enthusiasts have a great reason to escape to Sydney for a spring weekend to take in the Rivendell Flower Show at the Thomas Walker Estate.

The inaugural show is on September 23 and 24, just when the city is showing off its glorious spring blooms.

In addition to showcasing an incredible line up of landscapers and floral designers, the weekend festival will feature an array of floral exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, market and food stalls and live performances.

An exciting program featuring a variety of guest presenters including Don Burke will entice those with a green thumb.

The event organisers are expecting about 2500 visitors.

To help visitors enjoy spending a full day at the show, a picnic basket lunch can be purchased and enjoyed on the banks of Yaralla Bay.

In other parts of the estate visitors can participate in the timeless experience of savouring a high tea served in estate's decorated fountain courtyards.

The majestic Thomas Walker Estate, which is open to the public only once a year, is located in Sydney's inner-west, in the grounds of the Concord Hospital.

Organising committee member Don Burke OAM said the show's debut features a stellar program, showcasing the work of local and national gardening enthusiasts, landscapers and creative professionals.

"I am tremendously impressed with the calibre of the show,” Mr Burke said.

He will have on display his beautifully coloured budgerigars in their antique cages along with colour coordinated flowers from his garden.

Funds raised from the show will go towards Concord Hospital's Department of Geriatric Medicine.

Tickets are now available. Adults $20, children $5 for children (under 12). For more details, go to www.rivendellflowershow.com.au.


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