One thing I love about garden festivals is the plants you bring home which you might never see in your local nurseries, like this one, pictured below. It's Crassula 'Campfire', and I found it two years ago at the Florafest Garden Festival held on NSW's central coast (near Gosford). Here's the link to this year's Florafest, which is happening this weekend (Sept 10-13).
This is such a colourful thing right now, dazzling. Later on it returns to a mostly green-all-over look for the summer, but spring's its thing. I'm propagating more of it, too!
If any local NSW based gardeners are thinking of visiting the Florafest on this Saturday, September 12, please do drop in to the Burke's Backyard tent/stand thingy anytime between 10 and 3 to say hello. I'd love to meet either some fellow bloggers or just a few people who read my blog. All the staff help out at the Festival for one day, and Saturday is my gig there.
If you haven't been to the Florafest before, it has a great atmosphere. I think being an outdoor event helps create the relaxed mood, and as it attracts all sorts of specialist growers there – of orchids, bromeliads, herbs, succulents, natives etc – there's always much more to bring home than you can either afford, or fit into the car, or the garden, for that matter.