After a very busy term of teaching (Rachel) and lecturing (Jamie) we were desperate for a break so took off to the Clare Valley for the weekend. We stayed at a B&B in Mintaro, a gorgeous historical town.
Imagine our delight when we discovered that there was an Autumn Festival in Clare on the Sunday! Presented by the Clare Agricultural and Horticultural Society with proceeds going towards beautifying the Clare Showgrounds, the event was first held last year and is planned to be an annual event.
The event certainly sounded promising with guest speakers and demonstrations, lots of stalls and information. But as it only goes for one day it isn’t really a festival, and it wasn’t that big although we could see that there is certainly potential for it to become the festival the organisers want it to be. Encouraging local and gourmet food outlets to run stalls rather than just having the normal take-away fare would be a step in the right direction. However, the day was certainly popular as there were lots of people milling around.
There were a number of interesting stalls promoting natural, organic products and sustainability which was great to see.
There were some amazing garden sculptures.
As well as smaller ones to decorate your garden.
There were lots of lovely garden related products and plants to admire.
We had tree envy looking at the beautifully espaliered fruit trees from Clevland Nursery.
I also think we may need to find a spot in our garden for some of these gorgeous ornamental kales.
We had a lovely time wandering around admiring everything and while we didn’t come home with any plants we did get a couple of garden ornaments – photos soon!