Wildflower Art and Garden Festival

wildflower art and garden festival

This year’s annual Festival will be held on Sunday 28 August from 9am to 4pm at the Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, 420 Mona Vale Road, St Ives.

After the success of the inaugural sculpture walk last year, the environmentally themed walk will be on again!

A complete list of participants will be available soon.

Additionally artists will be encouraged to paint ‘en plein air’ during the Festival and the event will host a variety of art and craft stalls in the expanded Artisan’s Market.
Other features of this year’s Festival include talks by horticultural experts, native plant sales, wildflower displays, guided walks, exhibits by local businesses, food and drink stalls, a trackless train, pond dip netting, music and dance, children’s craft workshops , story-telling  and an Australian wildlife display.

Festival program

The program of events is being finalised. Watch this space!

Local artists

A number of local performers have already registered to perform.

Any artists wishing to perform, please complete the Performers Information and Application Form  (pdf. 285KB).

Stallholders

A complete list of stallholders will be available soon.

Local businesses and community organisations wishing to take part please complete the Stallholders Information Form  (pdf. 40KB) and Stallholders Application Form  (pdf. 71KB)

Parking

Street parking. Limited parking will be available at the Wildflower Garden. Traffic flow will be strictly one-way with entry from Richmond Avenue and exit via Council’s Nursery turning left onto Mona Vale Road. There will be no shuttle buses this year. A trackless train will take patrons from the Visitor Centre to Caley’s Pavilion all day.

Sculpture Walk

Last year's inaugural Sculpture Walk was very popular so we will be running it again this year.

The criteria for selection are:

  • Use of sustainable materials
  • Location and sympathy to the Wildflower Garden
  • Aesthetics
  • Impact and message

Cash prizes of $5000 to $3000 prize money will be awarded from the Environmental Levy Fund to works that adhere to the theme of ‘Environmental Sustainability’. Artists and sculptors are asked to demonstrate the use of natural or recycled materials in their artworks, which should be sympathetic to the Garden’s bushland environment.
Application Sculpture Walk Entry Form  (pdf. 92KB) and Terms and Conditions are attached.

Entries close on Friday 29 July.

The judges, drawn from various departments in Council, made the following choices last year.

 
1st prize $3,000
Urban Ecology
Selina Springett and Alessandro Berini
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2nd prize $1,500
Dream Weaver
Janny Grant
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3rd prize $500
Woodland Portal
Janny Grant 
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Highly commended
Prehistoric
Stephanie Powell
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Highly commended
Flore Silvestri
Angela Van Boxtel
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Highly commended
Ku-ring-gai Bloom
Judy Paddison & Julianne Smallwood
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Cost

This is a free community event.

Contact us

If you have any questions please contact the Wildflower Garden office stivesevents@kmc.nsw.gov.au or for information on Performer/Stallholder or Sculpture Walk Applications contact Les Currie on 9424 0353.