Flower pulling power

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Nannup Flower Festival had a range of special guests, including Gardening Australia’s presenter Costa Georgiadis.
Camera IconNannup Flower Festival had a range of special guests, including Gardening Australia’s presenter Costa Georgiadis. Credit: Holly Thompson

More than 6000 people flocked to the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival at the weekend, with ticketed event sales trebling last year’s figures.

The festival boosted the town’s economy, with stores recording high sales and accommodation almost fully booked out.

Gertruide WellEase dresses up in a variety if colourful flowers, including tulips, for the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival.
Camera IconGertruide WellEase dresses up in a variety if colourful flowers, including tulips, for the Nannup Flower and Garden Festival. Credit: Holly Thompson

Festival coordinator Jo O’Dea said she was pleased with the way the event had turned out.

“I have spoken with a number of businesses and shops and they have all said they were hammered with customers every day of the event,” she said.

“The market stalls we had set up for the event were also hammered with people, especially on the Saturday.”

Trish Cato, from Nannup, dressed as a bumble bee for the festival.
Camera IconTrish Cato, from Nannup, dressed as a bumble bee for the festival. Credit: Holly Thompson

Taste of Nannup co-owner Heather Walford said the business had a record number of customers on Saturday.

“We have been in town for five years and Saturday was our busiest day ever with 3500 people through the door,” she said.

“The festival happens at a time of year that is otherwise very quiet so it is always a great boost for us, economically and spiritually.”

Kate Frost, of Pemberton, and Nicola Gryguc, of Perth.
Camera IconKate Frost, of Pemberton, and Nicola Gryguc, of Perth. Credit: Holly Thompson

One of many factors for the festival’s success was the variety of special guests who hosted some of the events.

Gardening Australia host and Logie award winner Costa Georgiadis was one of these guests who hosted events for adults and children across the course of the festival.

He said he had enjoyed being out in the rain for the festival, as many other places he had been to were experiencing drought.

Dee Robinson, of York, mans her stall Little Garden Scultpures at the festival.
Camera IconDee Robinson, of York, mans her stall Little Garden Scultpures at the festival. Credit: Holly Thompson

“You do want the event to have good weather when you are organising it, but gardeners are usually cool with rain and everyone seems happy to be here,” he said.

“I love the fact there are so many experienced and passionate locals here – that passion is the main reason I love this festival.”

Georgiadis said the fact the festival had been running for 23 years showed it was something the community valued.

Jenny Taylor, of Ravenswoon, Margaret Smith, of Gosnells, and Wendy Taylor, of Manjimup.
Camera IconJenny Taylor, of Ravenswoon, Margaret Smith, of Gosnells, and Wendy Taylor, of Manjimup. Credit: Holly Thompson

“These events live and breathe off involvement and just helping with one detail or on one day all helps,” he said.

Mrs O’Dea said the festival was pulled together by people who were passionate about their town, gardening and sustainability.

“The community has really come together to pull this event off,” she said.

Ariel Doust with Eva Anderson, 5, both of Nannup.
Camera IconAriel Doust with Eva Anderson, 5, both of Nannup. Credit: Holly Thompson

“We have had some horrid weather but despite this we still had so many people come along and enjoy the festival.”

Nannup Garden Village committee chairwoman Maggie Longmore said the council had planted about 13,500 tulips around town to match the theme of the event.

“We get a lot of people coming through town both before and after the event because these tulips last a lot longer than the span of the festival,” she said.

Fiona Jones, with Luke, 5, and Joel Jones, 4, all of Augusta.
Camera IconFiona Jones, with Luke, 5, and Joel Jones, 4, all of Augusta. Credit: Holly Thompson

“There are 2000 planted at the town hall alone so if anyone did miss out on the festival they can still come along and have a look at all the tulips, they should last for another three to four weeks.”

Layla Smith, 2, with Debra Mcilvenny and Chris Mullin, all of Busselton.
Camera IconLayla Smith, 2, with Debra Mcilvenny and Chris Mullin, all of Busselton. Credit: Holly Thompson

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