Flower festival flourishes into life

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Deryn Thorpe and Steve Wood will return to this year's festival to talk gardens with fellow green thumbs.
Camera IconDeryn Thorpe and Steve Wood will return to this year's festival to talk gardens with fellow green thumbs. Credit: Supplied

The 23rd annual LiveLighter Nannup Flower and Garden Festival blooms into life tomorrow with all things floral and natural.

Highlights of this year’s festival include Logie winner Costa Georgiadis, permaculture guru David Holmgren and horticulturalist and broadcaster Millie Ross.

Festival coordinator Jo O’Dea said Mr Holmgren was a welcome addition to the festival program.

“From 1pm on Friday, he will be doing a presentation all about permaculture, it really is a unique presentation,” she said.

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“We’re so happy to have Costa and Millie returning, they work really well together.”

Mrs O’Dea said Costa would also be doing two sessions of his Adventures with Costa the Gnome in the community garden.

There will also be the first celebrity breakfast on Sunday.

“While it’s already sold out, it shows that we have a food theme that has people buzzing,” Mrs O’Dea said.

A featured ingredient in the breakfast will be truffle from Manjimup’s Truffle and Wine Co.

“This year we have more market stalls than ever before, with 100 food, craft and other stalls,” Mrs O’Dea said.

Throughout the weekend, there will be free workshops, talks and live music at the community marquee and free gardening talks at the jarrah floral marquee. Speakers between Thursday and Sunday include Nannup’s Dr Bob Longmore, Geographe Community Landcare Nursery’s Rod Carey, Steve Wood and Deryn Thorpe.

Another highlight of the weekend will include the garden display in the Nannup Town Hall.

This year’s theme is Plant it Forward and will include eight garden art displays by artists and organisations, based around a sculpture by Nannup artist Lewis Horn.

“Lewis has already blown expectations away, it’s not even completed yet and this year’s display is very impressive,” Mrs O’Dea said.

Visit nannupgardens.org.au for more information.

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