Each year the Ballarat Botanical Gardens Conservatory is brought to life with colour as part of the festival’s namesake – the Begonia Display.
This year’s Begonia Display features six hundred tuberous and non-tuberous Begonias from the City of Ballarat’s famous Begonia collection.
For the first time the display will also feature a tranquil water display landscaped with ferns from the City of Ballarat’s nursery.
Another highlight of the 2019 Begonia Display is the Begonia Towers which feature more than two hundred Begonia boliviensis Bossa Nova.
The City of Ballarat’s dedicated Gardens and Nursery Team have been growing the tuberous begonias since Spring, with the gardeners now in the final stages of preparing this year’s Begonia Display ahead of the festival opening on Saturday 10 March.
Presented by the City of Ballarat, the 2018 Ballarat Begonia Festival is free and will be held at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens between 9-11 March 2019.
At today’s launch City of Ballarat Mayor Samantha McIntosh said, “The City is proud as punch to be present with Begonia Festival and all the partners. It is our premier event, it is one of many others across the country and internationally loved as much as we do.”
The Ballarat Begonia Festival is presented by the City of Ballarat.
2019 Begonia Festival highlights:
Power FM Begonia Parade (along Wendouree Parade) from 11am, Monday 11 March
Begonia Display in the conservatory
Hear from our special celebrity guests Paul West (River Cottage Australia), dirtgirl (Get Grubby TV) and Costa Georgiadis (Gardening Australia)
Visit the Central Highlands Water Giant turtle and learn what to you can do to reduce plastic waste
Live entertainment across four music stages
26 food and coffee outlets including the Forge Pizzeria in the Begonia Courtyard
Quench your thirst in the Begonia Bar with local beers from Red Duck Brewery and Cubby Haus Brewing, wines from Wightwick and gin from Kilderkin Distillery
Circus Drop Zone – an intergenerational entertainment space where visitors can learn to juggle or ride a unicycling, or alternatively view performances on a six-metre-high trapeze
Join the Federation University Arts Academy’s Word of Mouth choir as they perform Ariel’s Songs
Obstacle Course with ninja trainers
Pot-A-Plant Activities with BotaniKids
Paint with the Society of Artists and Funky Plaster Fun
Story Time with the Ballarat Foundation every hour
Stems Greenery photo wall
Floral Carousel by the Floral Art Group
Garden Trail Competition to win a $3,000 travel voucher from Flight Centre
Gardener’s and Creative Designer’s Markets
Friends of the Botanical Gardens Plant Sales Nursery
Fish Hatchery Tours
Spinners and Weavers demonstrations
Ballarat Woodworkers Guild Exhibition