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Irish Week – Tesselaar Tulip Festival

There may be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow of tulips if you look close enough!
It was Irish week at the Tesselaar Tulip festival!DSCF0300.JPGIf you have been thinking of making a trip out to see the tulips you have one week left to do so! The festival will be open until Sunday October 15th, before it shuts its gates for another year. This week, commencing Monday the 9th of October is Tulipmania week!

 

Parking at the festival is free and there is plenty of room, but do get there early if you are wanting a car-park near the front entrance. The festival is open from 9:00am until 5:00pm, entry fee is $28.00 per adult, concession $24.00 and children under the age of 16 years is free! Which makes for a pretty affordable day out with the kids. You can bring your own packed lunch and your four legged fury friends, (dogs) are allowed if on a leash.

 

Irish week at Tesselaar Tulip festival was very popular! As you walk through the entrance gates you are greeted with festive music and stalls. The musical entertainment for the weekend was from Knot O’ The Gate and The Tipplers. As you explore the fields of tulips occasionally you would hear the festive sounds of the Irish Pipers who were roving the fields. If you were paying attention you might of even found the Leprechauns who where running around the grounds. As you venture around the grounds you will come across some familiar faces from a magical tale. The Scarecrow, the Lion, Tin-man and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz are hidden in different gardens awaiting for you to find them. On Saturday and Sunday The Wizard of Oz show will be playing at 11:30am and 1:30pm!

 

There are a few market stalls mainly offering refreshing Irish Coffee, Guinness and Kilkenny. There also was a Chocolate Junction and Highland and Celtic craft stalls! If you are wanting to eat at the festival there is lots to choose from! During my time there I managed to count up to twelve different food stores.

So if you have been thinking of making a trip out to see this annual event, I would highly recommened you do so! If your a garden lover you will adore the tulips that are on show. If you love a good day out this could be the event for you! Tesselaar hold different themes each week for the time the festival is running. Take a look at their website to see what theme excites you the most!

Until next time, happy gardening! 
 By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2017
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3 comments on “Irish Week – Tesselaar Tulip Festival

  1. Wow! It is . . . weird to think that it is spring there. We will be planting spring bulbs soon, as they become available. Tulips are not very popular here because they do not bloom reliably after the first year. That is quite a festival! We used to do something similar at the farm when the rhododendrons bloom, but not on such a scale.

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    • It has been a slow start to spring here in Australia. But the weather has just started to get warm and a lot of the spring bulbs have burst into flower. Tulips are hard to grow in certain areas of Melbourne too, but the high country get amazing results! That would have been amazing to see a festival dedicated to Rhododendrons! They are such a beautiful flower.

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      • You know, the farm is merely a wholesale nursery that is not open to the public. For many years, the rhododendrons would come into bloom without anyone there to really enjoy them. The production area is surrounded by hundreds of stock plants (that provide the cuttings) that are quite large and bloom spectacularly. To us the flowers were just more work, because we had to spend days breaking the trusses off. We actually opened to the public to sell off some of our less marketable plants, instead of burning them. It was sort of like a garage sale. However, people really enjoyed coming in to see the blooms, and bought so many plants that we continue it. We even host weddings there now!

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