Spring into Mount Pleasant Garden Festival in September

A colourful scene from a past SA Spring Garden Festival at Mount Pleasant. Photo: Supplied
A colourful scene from a past SA Spring Garden Festival at Mount Pleasant. Photo: Supplied

The picturesque and quaint township of Mount Pleasant will once again provide the perfect backdrop to the fourth annual SA Spring Garden Festival which falls on Saturday, September, 21.

The combination of the spring weather, the exceptionally broad variety of plant and garden wares, informative guest speakers, the charming venue, the diverse range of stallholders, workshops, along with the special events for the day, food and entertainment will see Mount Pleasant come alive.

Stallholder numbers for the day are projecting the 100-plus mark.

Crowd favourite is engaging media presenter Sophie Thomson who will be special guest speaker.

Ms Thomson is the South Australian presenter on ABC television's Gardening Australia. She is also a popular newspaper columnist and national public speaker.

Her enthusiasm for gardening is expected to inspire people of all ages to get busy in their gardens.

Joining her will be Neville B Bonney, a state native plant expert, who has been passionate about the Australian indigenous flora for the past 60 years.

After 18 publications Mr Bonney is well recognised for his regional knowledge within this sector.

In addition, Mount Pleasant Natural Resource Centre's Faye McGoldrick will be talking about the productive and fascinating insect hotels.

Insect hotels are popular among gardeners, fruit and vegetable growers due to their role encouraging insect pollination.

Ms McGoldrick will also show how people can make their own insect hotel.

A children's program will run throughout the day, which includes floral designing, face painting, and nature play activities.

The Country Fire Services members will be onsite to run bushfire awareness day, opportunity to check out the latest in firefighting equipment.

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market will partner with the festival, and run in conjunction with extended trading hours to align with those on the festival day.

The festival is proudly supported by the community of Mount Pleasant and surrounding districts, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market Inc., The Nursery and Garden Industry of South Australia and The Barossa Council.

Admission is $5 per person, $3 for concession and children under 15 are free.

Gates open at 8am and will close at 3pm.

Enquiries to Project Officer Terese Stephens on 0418 301 121