Botanica Festival 2023: A Celebration of Nature, Sustainability and Gardening at Rippon Lea Estate

Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day with your family? Look no further than Botanica Festival, the annual celebration of the natural environment, sustainability, and gardening hosted by the National Trust of Victoria. The festival is returning for its fourth year on Sunday May 14 at the stunning Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick.

Partnering with Glen Eira Council, Botanica Festival promises a day of enriching activities, artisan shopping, entertainment, and delicious CWA scones. This family-friendly event is perfect for nature enthusiasts, young families, and locals alike. Here are some of the exciting activities you can look forward to!

Open-air Market: Browse the open-air market, featuring products from Melbourne’s best local artists, designers, makers, and growers.

Gardening Book Sale: Interested in cultivating a green thumb? Explore the gardening book sale and discover a variety of quality second-hand books, all priced under $5.

Plant Sale and Displays – Appreciate the beauty of Rippon Lea’s gardens while indulging in various specialty plant displays. Browse the perfect greenery to take home at the Huge Plant Sale, specially propagated by the Estate’s talented gardeners.

The Bonsai Society of Victoria – Discover traditional Japanese techniques of bonsai styling and maintaining different tree species from Victoria’s experts, held in the opulent interior of Rippon Lea Estate’s historic ballroom.

CWA Scones – Enjoy freshly-baked scones with jam and cream served by the Country Women’s Association on the sunny Western Veranda overlooking the heritage Victorian garden.

Food Trucks and Tastings – Satisfy your hunger with a variety of food trucks scattered throughout the grounds and tastings from premium alcohol-removed beverage company, Edenvale.

Roving Entertainment – Be delighted by an array of roving entertainment, including sky-high stilt walkers.

Botanica Festival runs from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, May 14th, with an entry cost of one gold coin donation per person. All proceeds contribute to supporting the National Trust in conserving and protecting Victoria’s natural, cultural, and built heritage.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day in the stunning surroundings of Rippon Lea Estate. The festival will take place at the iconic Rippon Lea Estate, 192 Hotham Street, Elsternwick, Victoria.

This majestic heritage-listed site is the perfect location for a day of family fun and celebration of the natural environment, sustainability, and gardening. We hope to see you there! For more information visit here.

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