2020 Festival Celebration Community Opening
Friday 6 November 2020 at 5:30pm
Lesser Hall, Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes,
2 Steere St, Bridgetown
Commencing at 5:30pm Admission $7.50
Welcome and Official Opening
Joann Moore:- Chairperson
6:00 - 6:30pm Auction in part
6:30 - 7:00pm Speakers Neil & Jenny Delmage
7:00 - 7:30pm Light Supper
7:30 - 8:00pm Auction
8:00 - 8:30pm Speaker Matthew Lunn
8:30pm Drawing of door prizes
8:35pm Coffee & Cake and a chat with fellow gardeners & presenters
Our auction this year will include:
10 decorated wooden bird feeders
12 decorated wooden butterflies.
Thank you to the Bridgetown Men in Sheds for making the bird feeders and butterflies. We also thank the generosity of several of Bridgetown’s highly talented artists for the decoration of these bird feeders and butterflies.
As last year’s auction of bird’s nest boxes was a huge success, it is expected this year’s auction items will prove equally as popular. Be sure to be there for your chance to bid on one of these much sought after treasures.
Pictures will be on display on our website and Facebook page from mid-October.
Entertainment for the evening will be provided by our lively auctioneer and guest speakers.
Refreshments of finger food with tea and coffee will be provided.
A bar will be available for the purchase of wines (red, white & sparkling), orange & apple juice.
This year we have been fortunate to have secured Matthew Lunn, horticulturist, and Neil and Jenny Delmage well known landscape designers and owners of NatureScape.
Here is the information provided on our speakers.
GUEST SPEAKER—MATTHEW LUNN, Horticulturist
Matthew Lunn arrived in WA in 1994, having trained in horticulture and landscape design at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Garden Wisley, UK.
His first post was at Curtin University where he spent 10 years transforming a concrete campus into a botanical oasis and was formally recognised for his work as Australian Horticulturist of The Year in 2000.
During this time, he joined Curtin Radio and for 16 years presented “Let’s Talk Gardening” on Saturday mornings as well as writing for Habitat and appearing on ABC Gardening Australia for 2 years as a presenter. He answered more lemon tree questions than he can remember.
In 2004 He joined the University of Western Australia as Curator of Grounds and then 3 years later, with a passion to design gardens, launched Lunnscapes as a landscape consultant and designer for the residential homeowner.
In 2016, Matthew was appointed CEO of the Nursery & Garden Industry (WA), and with his renewed spirit, enthusiasm and wealth of horticultural experience, Matthew embarked on supporting and bringing the horticultural industry forward into a new era as well as taking on the revamping of the Perth Garden Festival.
In 2019 as well as his role with The Nursery & Garden Industry (WA,) he was appointed Executive Officer of The Landscape Association (WA) of which he is rebuilding but most importantly developing accreditation programs for the industry.
Outside his career his family live on their 6-acre property in Gidgegannup where they enjoy caring for their Dexter cows, Alpacas, chooks, bee hives and a rather naughty collie called Poppy.
Horticulture has been his passion and life for 35 years.
GUEST SPEAKERS - NEIL & JENNY DELMAGE from NatureScape
Neil and Jenny Delmage have been designing and creating beautiful gardens for 30 years
They work on projects ranging from courtyard spaces to sprawling rural properties and everything in between, including commercial gardens.
Their work reflects a special focus on bio diverse garden designs that blend seamlessly with any local environment and are timeless in their appeal, both country and city.
They’ve won numerous awards, including – LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND IRRIGATION AWARDS of EXCELLENCE – for waterwise garden designs, an INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE and numerous LIAWA AWARDS including the coveted LANDSCAPER OF THE YEAR.
The Delmages have been featured on national television, including GARDENING AUSTRALIA, THE GARDEN GURUS and BURKES BACKYARD.
Their gardens have also graced the pages of magazines such as HOUSE AND GARDEN, HOME BEAUTIFUL, COUNTRY STYLE, OUTDOOR DESIGN AND LIVING ETC.
They have produced 4 successful hard cover garden design books, that have received great reviews both Nationally and internationally, these can be viewed on their web site.
A Natural State
Two of our best sellers
From Coast to country by Fremantle press
12 Gardens by UWA publishing
Spring a classical influence
Left to right - Matthew Lunn, Neil Delmage & Jenny Delmage
4 PRIZES - The lucky winners will receive one of Neil & Jenny Delmage's books as previewed below.
DOOR PRIZE BOOK REVIEWS
Spring - A classical influence – the fourth book West Australian newspaper review This beautiful coffee table book is as elegant and colourful as the local and overseas gardens it features. WA residents Jenny and Neil Delmage design and build gardens and their previous books have delved deeply into the philosophy and aesthetics. Here, using examples from their own projects, as well from the great gardens of Europe, they explore spring gardens in all their glory and variety through such elements of good garden design as form, colour and texture, as well as mood and lifestyle. A must not only for keen gardeners looking for inspiration but anyone who craves a gentle stroll through pictorial paradise.
Neil and Jenny Delmage are the creative team behind award winning West Australian company Naturescape Creative Landscaping, and this book show cases their beautiful work. The pairs passion for creating water wise gardens is obvious here, as their approach to gardening from a sustainable and ecological perspective. Many years of experience has provided them with an extensive list of plants that thrive in low water Western Australian gardens without compromising on style and style is the essence of this book, with clear photographs that illustrate ideas well.
Summers Best Books - Helen Thompson, House and Garden Magazine
From Coast to Country - Water wise garden designs for Australian living - our second book Published by Fremantle press Farm Weekly - review Want a water wise, biodiverse, low maintenance garden but don’t want to compromise on style and beauty ? Well you don’t have to. Whether you live in Dongara, Pingelly, Toodyay, Albany, or Esperance, these underlying principals have formed the basis of Neil and Jenny Delmages beautiful garden designs. All their gardens are individually designed to accommodate not only personal tastes but also the natural attributes of its unique location. We can all benefit from their experience with the release of their new book, From Coast to Country Water wise Garden designs for Australian living. Following on from their first book A Natural State, From Coast to Country show cases a variety of stylish WA gardens from design to completion, including 3D artist impressions and water wise tips throughout.
12 Gardens - Creative designs for the Australian climate. the third book UWA Publishing Chicago Botanic Garden - review The photographs and Landscape drawings in this inspiring review of their work reveal their talent and environmentally sound design. The projects are diverse in size and themes, among the examples are a charming suburban design, a manor, a seaside retreat, a Mediterranean park garden, a semi-rural stud farm, a cottage, etc. All have unique character, originality and architectural balance. The designers are masterful in their choice of plantings and hardscape. They have sound judgement in their selection and placement of ornament.
Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer , Chicago Botanic Garden. United States of America
Mercury magazine Melbourne - review
When it comes to rejuvenating an old garden or designing a new garden, there are many considerations to take into account. The big question is where to start ? Two of Australia's foremost garden designers, Jenny and Neil Delmage, have come to the rescue with their latest publication 12 Gardens, Creative Designs for the Australian Climate. This book contains plant lists, design plans, soil and climatic information that can easily be applied to any garden including urban, coastal, country and even commercial and historic properties. The 12 garden designs are classic, so if you aspire to design your garden with a timeless sense of beauty and a careful balance between formality and wilderness, look no further for inspiration. Such characteristics may appear to some gardeners as the Holy Grail of gardening but immersing yourself in the pages of 12 Gardens will lead you closer to the quest. Every garden has its own special appeal and that appeal can be truly enhanced to provide pleasure to all who will enter the garden for years to come. John Gabriele is head horticulture teacher at TAFEs Yallah campus.
A Natural State - the Gardens of Neil and Jenny Delmage - first book, - WEST AUSTRALIAN LIBRARIES - review I am currently sighing over a book called A NATURAL STATE. It’s a fabulous book showcasing the gardens designed by Neil and Jenny Delmage it peeps behind the walls of Cottesloe Claremont and Peppermint grove etc. The gardens are full of European influences with Wrought iron statues and roses etc. but are still water wise. The designers have constantly won awards for their water wise gardens. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the classic look of European gardens. It’s a book you can just keep picking up and browsing here and there and wonder what you can use from it. Other books in a similar vein are The Constant gardener (Holly Kerr Forsyth ) Plot by Meredith Kirton and anything by Paul Bangay.
Book chat with Julie
Our special thanks goes to Jenny & Neil for their kind donation.