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The Ballarat Begonia Festival will make a flourishing return this year over the Labour Day long weekend.

The three-day event will take place in the iconic Ballarat Botanical Gardens, celebrating the city’s rich horticulture heritage and boasting a line-up of demonstrations and talks led by a roster of celebrity presenters and industry experts including:

Paul West – River Cottage Australia host; Hannah Moloney – sustainable gardener and Gardening Australia presenter; Courtney Roulston – MasterChef Australia alumni; and Jerry Coleby-Williams – horticulture/begonia expert.

Showcasing a signature collection of rare begonias, the Conservatory display will return, this year playing homage to the redevelopment of the Ballarat Fernery – one of Australia’s oldest ferneries – that is set to open in time for the festival. Visitors can expect to see an exciting display inspired by the spiral shapes of fern fronds.

For the full program visit the event website.

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09 Mar - 11 Mar

10:00am - 5:00pm

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Gillies Street, Wendouree VIC 3355


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