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* Stonnington's Spring Into Gardening Festival 2018 *
Stonnington's gardening and sustainability festival, Spring into Gardening, is back for 2018 at Victoria Gardens on 14 October. Whether you have a tiny balcony garden, a sprawling backyard jungle, or you dig all things green, Spring into Gardening is the perfect event for getting inspiration and tips on gardening and sustainable living. Costa Georgiadis from ABC's Gardening Australia returns to host the festival that features free workshops, expert demonstrations, hands-on kids' activities, a clothes swap, market stalls, and food trucks to help you start planting and preparing your garden for summer. City of Stonnington Mayor, Cr Stefanopoulos said that the popular family-friendly festival was one of Stonnington's hallmark spring events. "We are committed to sustainability in our community and supporting our local environment through events and initiatives that teach us about living sustainably and working towards a resilient future,' said Cr Stefanopoulos. 'Spring into Gardening provides expert advice for green thumbs, and for people curious about learning how to practise sustainable gardening techniques, as well as enjoying the lush surrounds of the Victoria Gardens. I encourage everyone to come along and be inspired.' added Cr Stefanopoulos. Residents are invited to bring along gardening questions and join us in meeting Costa and the line-up of presenters including author Fabian Capomolla (The Hungry Gardener), who will chat about how to make limoncello from home-grown lemons. Permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, will discuss his book RetroSuburbia and offer advice and guidance on how to retrofit your household for sustainability and an energy resilient future. For those with limited outdoor space, Duncan Cocking from Leaf Root and Fruit, will share valuable hints and tips on growing your own vegetables in containers and small space gardens. Nutritionist Lola Berry will be discussing wellness, so that your home, body and garden will be refreshed and ready for spring. There will be an abundance of stall demonstrations to spark inspiration including backyard beekeeping with Backyard Honey, worm farming with the Wormlovers and many more. Along with free hands-on activities including Monster Plants with Emma Grace, the Stonnington Toy Library, repurposing milk cartons with The Hungry Gardener, flower crown making at the Sage Garden, and acoustic music musing with duo The Mac Project and roving entertainers Ants by Polyglot Theatre for the kids, this festival is one not to miss.
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