The town of Longford, in the Northern Midlands, is home to charming convict-built buildings, grand colonial estates, lovely cafés, and fantastic art and antique shops. This quaint village also boasts some beautiful gardens, which are in full bloom and ready to delight you this weekend! Over Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November, there are a bunch of events happening in celebration of spring, including the Woolmers Festival of Roses, the Longford Blooms Open Gardens and the Longford Garden Club Spring Flower Show.
Woolmers Estate Festival of Roses, Art Exhibition & Antique Fair
Stop to smell the roses—there will be thousands to choose from—at the Woolmers Festival of Roses. It’s on this Sunday 19th November from 9am to 4pm ($10 per adult, children under 16 free). It’s going to be a fantastic day, with stalls including plant nurseries, jewellery and craft, plus vintage cars, photographic displays, music, food and wine. Special guests include Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby-Williams, local media personality Neil Kearney, and AFL legend Doug Hawkins as Men’s Spot guest speaker.
The annual Woolmers Art Exhibition is also on over the weekend of 18th and 19th November, from 10am to 4pm daily. Visit the beautiful Woolmers Cottage to view the exhibition and perhaps even pick up a new piece for your collection.
Antique lovers, don’t miss the Woolmers Antique Fair ($8 on Saturday, $5 on Sunday), featuring leading antiques dealers from Sydney, Melbourne and Tasmania. You never know what you might unearth!
Longford Blooms Open Gardens
If you’ve ever wanted to explore a secret garden, this weekend is your chance! On Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November, 12 wonderful gardens will be open to visitors for the Longford Blooms Open Gardens weekend. Longford will be a feast for the senses – immerse yourself in the stunning colours, sweet fragrances and intricate beauty of each garden. Eight gardens will be open each day, with a few of the larger gardens open both days, and some will have stalls and refreshments. This event is just for humans, so please leave your pets at home (for tips on pet friendly spots in the Midlands, see The Essential Doggy Guide).
Longford Garden Club Spring Flower Show
The Longford Garden Club’s annual Spring Flower Show is on at the Longford Town Hall this Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th November, from 10am to 4pm ($2 per person). It’s going to look and smell divine!
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