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Ballarat Begonia Festival Just a Month Away

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
 Floral Tram
 Join the Federation University Arts Academy’s Word of Mouth choir as they perform Ariel’s Songs
 Obstacle Course with ninja trainers
 Super Sandpit
 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