This year's Wildflower Art and Garden Festival was held on Sunday 27 August from 9am to 4pm at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.
Native plant sales, wildflower displays, guided walks, local business exhibitors, food and drink stalls, a trackless train for transport, pond dip netting, children’s craft workshops, an Australian wildlife display and music by community performers were all part of the day’s entertainment.
This year's entries were of a high standard, and the following artists were selected to be included in the walk:
- Stephanie Powell -Oceans of Plastic
- Janny Grant - We Stand Together
- Sharon Salmi - Autobirds
- Julianne Smallwood & Jacqueline McBeath - Urban Decay
- Felicity Heap - Connected
- Barbara Hamilton - More than a Tree (The Baza, The Phasmid and the Ant) - watch the accompaniment video here
- Dia McNamara - The Bottle Top Flower; Sarah The Bottle Top Fish
- Sandy Cooper - Exotic
- Angela Van Boxtel - Flos Rabidus
In a first for the sculpture walk competition, all artists included were women. Barbara Hamilton was awarded first place for her work 'More than a Tree', Dia MacNamara came second for 'The Bottle Top Flower', and Sandy Cooper took out third place for 'Exotic'. Janny Grant's 'We Stand Together' was highly commended by judges.
At nine years old, second place-winner Dia MacNamara was notable for being the youngest ever artist and prize winner to enter the competition. Dia is also a former Junior Ranger at the Wildflower Garden.
The Festival will return in 2018 on Sunday 26 August. Check this page closer to the date for more information.
If you have any questions please contact the Wildflower Garden office firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9424 0354.