Spring has sprung just in time for the Garden Festival

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The picturesque township of Mount Pleasant is set to bloom for the SA Spring Garden Festival on Saturday, September 22.

ABC’s Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson will be one of the guest speakers at the third annual festival held at the Mount Pleasant Showgrounds.

Project officer Terese Stephens is thrilled Sophie, a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter, author, broadcaster and horticulturalist will be speaking.

“Sophie’s enthusiasm for gardening will inspire people of all ages,” Terese said.

So make sure you visit the big marquee for one of Sophie’s talks including Garden woes: Dealing with pests and disease in an organic and sustainable way and Old-fashioned gardening with dirt: Just as relevant as it was then as it is now.

The festival has grown significantly in a short time with 1500 people attending the first year and 3500 attending last year.

Supported by the Nursery & Garden Industry of South Australia, and run in conjunction with the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, crowd numbers are expected to blossom this year.

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“It’s going to be a lovely spring day so we are hoping to hit the 5000 mark,” Terese said.

According to Terese patrons can expect plenty of variety, “Along with our guest speakers there will be free Men’s Shed wicking bed demonstration/workshop and a free children’s floral design workshop, a cooking demonstration with bush tucker, and more than 50 plant/gardening related stalls.”

The kids will get a chance to make a flower arrangement during the workshop and will get to keep what they do on the day. Spots are limited, so sign up early.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market, with an additional 50 stalls, will partner with the festival and extend their trading hours to align with the Garden Festival.

“There is something for everyone with plenty of food, entertainment, live music and face painting for the kids,” Terese said.

“The outdoor venue is a dog-friendly, so you can have a lovely spring day out, feed your face, buy lots of plants and bring your best friend along as well.”

The festival will be on from 8am-3pm with ample parking available.

Admission is $5 per person, $3 for concession holders and children under 15 free. Call Terese on 0418 301 121 for more information.