13 February 2024

Experience life in full bloom when Gardenesque returns to boost Albury's botanic beauty

| Vanessa Hayden
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costumed festival characters with props in garden

The iconic Gardenesque returns to Albury for one colourful weekend in March and will dazzle with vibrant displays, live music and inspiring talks. Photos: Visit Albury Wodonga.

The Albury Botanic Gardens will be transformed into a green wonderland on 2 and 3 March for the premier garden and flower show, Gardenesque.

Set to delight and intrigue all age demographics and interests, the ticketed event is being held between 10 am and 4 pm on Saturday and 10 am and 3 pm on Sunday.

International award-winning landscape designer and television presenter Jamie Durie (OAM) will be the keynote speaker.

Durie headlines a range of industry experts who will be on hand for a series of interactive workshops designed to inspire ideas for planting, growing and cultivating at home.

“He is such a well-known and respected figure in the world of horticulture and garden design, and the knowledge and passion he will be able to pass on to local gardeners will be invaluable,” Mayor Kylie King said.

Durie has hosted Backyard Blitz, The Block and, more recently, Channel 7’s House Rules.

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He has written 12 garden design titles and has spent more than 20 years shaping some of the world’s most beautiful outdoor spaces, along the way picking up a gold medal at Britain’s prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, a Centenary Medal from the Prime Minister and an OAM for services to the Australian environment and charities.

Jamie Durie in a vegetable garden

Jamie Durie will headline a range of industry experts who will be on hand for a series of interactive workshops designed to inspire ideas for planting, growing and cultivating at home.

In 2024, organisers have introduced ”Miniesque” to the Children’s Garden and expanded the activities and entertainment aimed at youngsters over the two-day festival. They can enjoy an interactive workshop area, storytelling, face-painting, watercolour art, nature walks, paper planes, origami and more.

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Adults and children alike should delight in the Wild West Chicken Cope, roving performances, the Hay Ho Animal farm, live music and exhibitor talks.

Other workshops will cover designing and landscaping green spaces, sustainable living and producing fresh backyard food.

“This is such a family-friendly event, designed to cater for a broad range of our community, from kids through to young families and the older generation,” Cr King said.

“Featuring stunning floral arrangements and garden designs and an abundance of interactive spaces to explore, it really is a wonderful way to spend a weekend in Albury.

“I invite the community to come along and explore the many interactive spaces on offer where you can touch, smell, eat and observe with family and friends.”

This is the third Gardenesque to be held in Albury and last year some 7500 people attended.

The first event was held in 2019, with COVID interrupting the program in 2020 and 2021. In 2022, the event was postponed due to heavy rain before being staged in January 2023. This year it has been moved from summer to autumn.

Ticket prices are adult $15 per day, concession $12 per day and children (6-17) $5 per day. Patrons are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets; however, they will be available for cash and card purchase at the gate on the day. Family tickets are also available, and all can be purchased at https://www.ticketebo.com.au/gardenesque.

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