Special Guests for the Garden Fair


We are delighted to be hosting three wonderful gardening personalities as part of CWA Kandos Gardens Fair on 2 and 3 April 2016 – Costa Georgiadis, from ABC’s Gardening Australia, Fiona Ogilvie, gardening journalist from The Land and Diego Bonetto, wild food forager. A line-up that, along with the wonderful open gardens, makes this an essential booking for any garden lover.

Costa Georgiadis is the popular and mercurial host of ABC’s Gardening Australia. A landscape architect by trade, Costa shares his great enthusiasm and passion for gardening with others. He will be at the open gardens over Saturday and Sunday as well as visiting local schools whilst in the area. “Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.” (ABC’s Gardening Australia website)

Fiona Ogilvie is well known to garden enthusiasts through her column in The Land and her book, A Country Garden. As a Central West gardener with an inspiring property near Bathurst, she is well-positioned to share her knowledge on “Gardening in a Harsh Environment”. Fiona will be giving talks at a number of open gardens over Saturday and Sunday.

Diego Bonetto is described as a “wild food forager”. He is an Italian artist, father, forager, speaker, keen naturalist and award winning cultural worker based in Sydney. Diego will be holding workshops and taking visitors on walking tours around Kandos, showing how to identify and use plants that are undervalued and unappreciated. Discover how to forage and feast in nature.

Along with 12 open gardens and a garden-themed market, CWA Kandos Gardens Fair is not to be missed.


‘Winton’ – A Pioneer Garden


One of the magical properties open for the CWA Kandos Gardens Fair is Virginia Handmer and Geoffrey Payne’s Winton on Coxs Creek Road, Rylstone.

DSC08824Step back in time to a cottage garden planted in the late 1800s by the Mills family. There are a number of very old trees including lilac, quince, peach and pear. Interesting features include a pond growing water chestnuts, vegetable gardens, an aviary, ducks (Indian Runners) and goats (Virginia makes her own cheese).

The house ‘Winton’, which will be open on the Saturday, is over 150 years old. It was built by the builder of Rylstone’s historic Bridge View Inn, with an extension built around 1900.

DSC08832There will be an exhibition of paintings by Fran Weidensach and lino prints by Virginia as well as a cheese-making demonstration.

DSC08821Winton is one of three gardens owned by artists along Coxs Creek Road that will be open for the Gardens Fair, making this a “must do” route for all keen gardeners over the weekend.