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From waste to wonderful

07 September 2017 | Environment

Discover how to turn everyday recyclable items into a fabulous vertical garden using old milk containers, tin cans, bottles, kitchenwares and unique finds from opportunity shops at the inaugural Rivendell Flower Show on 23 and 24 September.

City of Canada Bay staff have collected items that many would disregard as waste materials such as old car tyres and used boxes, scoured kerbside collections and hunted through second-hand shops to find pieces to illustrate just how easy it is to use a bit of creativity and imagination to turn any space, even a small balcony, into a work of art.

Using the expertise of the Council’s Bushcare team, the vertical garden has been planted out with natives, bush foods and succulents that are easy to care for and perfect for this type of use.

The spectacular outcome is also the result of support from the community in donating items for the garden and the Men’s Shed, who made furniture for the display using recycled pallets, proving the old adage, ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’.

City of Canada Bay, which is proud to be helping organise the flower show, will also show event-goers other great ways to reuse. Council will run introductory workshops on both worm farming and composting. These workshops highlight how feeding unwanted fruit and vegetable scraps to a compost bin or compost worms (a type of earthworm) are cheap and simple ways of reducing waste sent to landfill and improving the quality of your garden.

Both sessions will be held on the Saturday of the show. Introduction to worm farming is on from 12.45-1.15pm and the introduction to composting will be held from 1.30pm-2pm.

Rivendell Flower Show in the grounds of Thomas Walker Estate will be a celebration of the great outdoors, offering an extensive array of flower artistry and gardening presentations. There will be floral and organic salad workshops, talks on making your garden pet friendly and styling and design tips and techniques from lifestyle personalities including Don Burke plus much more. All funds raised at this year’s Rivendell Flower Show will go towards Concord Hospital’s Department of Geriatric Medicine to establish a gymnasium for the Stong@Concord Program.

Rivendell Flower Show

  • When: Saturday, 23 September and Sunday, 24 September
  • Where: Thomas Walker Estate at the end of Hospital Road
  • Cost: $20 for adults and $5 for children (under 12)
  • Details: What's On website

About Rivendell Flower Show:

Sydney’s majestic Thomas Walker Estate, Rivendell located within the grounds of Concord Hospital will be in full bloom this Spring as this magnificent venue hosts the inaugural Rivendell Flower Show event. In addition to showcasing an incredible line up of talented landscapers and floral designers, the two-day weekend event on 23 and 24 September will feature an array of floral exhibits, presentations, interactive workshops, market and food stalls and live performances. There will be a designated Kid’s Space with terrarium making, painting classes, adopt-a-tomato project and much more. Opportunities to book a picnic basket to enjoy on the banks of Yaralla Bay will be on offer and an exclusive high tea nestled in one of the Estate’s decorated fountain courtyards will be a unique dining experience not to be missed. 

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Page last updated on: 07/09/17
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