April welcomes plenty of Autumn fun – Amateur Gardener

This month of April has so many activities for the whole family it is going to be difficult to make a choice.

For the children, just go onto the Botanic Gardens of South Australia website and see all that it has to offer! Fairies and goblins, garden critters, and a botanical treasure hunt are all able to be booked for April 10-26.

The ages range from young children upwards and the cost is free for the children, and a small fee for the parent /caregiver.

The Aboriginal Plant Use activity is suitable for all ages, and do not forget the free guided tours of the gardens that are always being led by the deeply knowledgeable guides.

The Autumn Garden Festival is being held at the Clare Showgrounds on April 17 and 18.

Guest Speakers are Costa Georgiadis, Shaun Kennedy, speaking on gardening with natives, and Sophie Thompson with “Start Your Patch from Scratch”.

Go online to book your tickets.

On Saturday April 3rd, Sunday April 4th and Monday April 5th, Sophie Thompson’s own garden will be open.

There are free children’s activities including seed collages, Sunday, botanical prints bug education.

All tickets must be pre-booked for Covid tracing.

There are sweet and savoury tasting boxes available too, which also need to be pre-booked.

Several local nurseries will have plants for sale.

The entry cost is $15 for ages 13+, $5.00 for 8-12 years old & under 5s free.

Due to Covid last year the inaugural Landscape Festival being run by the Open Gardens of South Australia was cancelled but it is now being held on April 10th & 11th.

Twelve beautiful gardens with different themes and ideas are all open to be viewed.

Tickets are available online and are $10.00 per garden or $50.00 to view them all.

Some of the gardens are at Kent Town, Malvern, Millswood, Blackwood, Stirling, Glenelg North, Prospect and Croydon. For bookings go to salandscapefestival.com.au

Something else to consider, the Open Gardens of South Australia still have other gardens to be viewed.

On April 17th The Laurels at Crafers, on April 24th & 25th there is Still Water at Penola and only on April 25th is Stangate House at Aldgate.

Take a drive through the Adelaide Hills in April and there is always the breathtaking sight of the Autumn leaves on the trees in Stirling and other hills districts.

Although we are unable to successfully grow Japanese Maples and other trees for Autumn Foliage, we can successfully grow many trees for Autumn colour, as was mentioned in this column in May 2020 e.g., Chinese Pistachio, Claret and Golden Ashes and the Ornamental Pear trees.

A Nursery not to be missed is the Garden Depot at 14 Secker Drive Mt. Barker.

This nursery specialises in Australian natives, exotics and fruit trees.

For those under 5 there is a children’s playground.

A Landscaping Architect is part of their team and roses for 2021 may now be ordered.

So much to do and see in April 2021 so go out and enjoy. From the Amateur Gardener.

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