The show, a part of the NSW Events Calendar developed by Destination NSW on behalf of the NSW Government, will take place 5-8 September.
“The Australian Garden Show Sydney is designed to encourage new gardeners and garden enthusiasts to explore the best garden, flower and landscape design in NSW - the home of gardening,” said Mr Souris.
Event Director, Anthony Bastic, AGB Events outlined the show’s program of events, Seeds of Wisdom, and announced that tickets are now on sale.
“The Australian Garden Show Sydney will set a new standard for horticultural events, attracting the participation of highly respected international and national gardening experts in a series of talks and workshops that will attract both experienced gardeners, landscapers and designers as well as novices, children, and families,” he said.
“The spring timing provides nurseries, display gardeners, retailers and visitors with the ultimate showcase that will rival the world for its display of rare and amazing horticulture, from intimate flowering blooms to towering landscape designs.”
Designed to create an entertaining and educational experience for visitors, the show will feature a grand floral pavilion, retail displays, a potting tent for children and a plant crèche where purchases can be safely stored. By night the area will transform into a lounge bar, creating the perfect meeting place in charming surrounds.
Recently arrived in Australia for the first time, renowned London-based international horticulturist and UK Garden Designer of the Year, Andrew Fisher Tomlin said he had been set the challenge to create a garden using typical Australian native plants.
“September Sky will encapsulate the essence of Australia from an outsiders’ perspective,” he said.
“When we think of Australia we picture never ending landscapes and wide open skies. The inspiration for September Sky comes from those spring skies, when days become longer, light becomes clearer, and colours are sharp, crisp and silver.”
Indira Naidoo, Australian TV personality, author of The Edible Balcony and a self-taught gardener spoke of the 360-degree sustainable garden she will create to inspire people with small outdoor spaces and show them what is possible.
“There are thousands of acres of growing space on the roofs of city buildings, on terraces, and balconies – all receiving rain and energy from the sun. These can be converted into thriving veggie patches providing affordable seasonal food,” said Naidoo, Sustainability Curator for Australian Garden Show Sydney.
Fisher Tomlin and Naidoo will also feature as presenters in the Seeds of Wisdom talks together with Myles Baldwin, Curator, Australian Garden Show Sydney and Professor David Mabberley, Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust and show partner. Topics will range from vertical gardens, spring flowers and the gourmet farmer to discussions on the Sydney aesthetic and landscape gardening.
Centennial Park offers the perfect setting for this unique Australian event, where the park landscape, rather than city buildings, dominate.
“We are thrilled to host this garden show that will become an iconic international event, especially one so closely aligned with the values of the Parklands,” said Anthony Dunsford, Acting Director & Chief Executive, Centennial Parklands.
“With 2013 being Centennial Park’s 125th anniversary, The Australian Garden Show Sydney will be a major highlight event of our celebrations, offering the peak opportunity to demonstrate the importance of Centennial Park for Sydney.”
Tickets and further program information is available at www.australiangardenshowsydney.com.au