Garden Festival Returns to Grannes

On October 9, WAMA Patron Glenda Lewin opened her garden for the annual Grannes Garden Festival fundraising event, celebrating the synergy between art and nature.

For two decades Glenda and Greg Lewin have been cultivating their garden showcasing our unique Australian landscape, dedicated to Australian native plants.  Visitors not only enjoyed all that the garden had to offer but experienced art, music and entertainment for the whole family.  

The main headline attractions included garden designer of the original Grannes Garden, Barb Reading who spoke on her inspiration for the garden and the fundamentals of what creates a beautiful garden.

Guided garden walks with WAMA Flora team leader and local botanist Neil Marriott were a favourite amongst the crowd with his exceptional knowledge of Australian native plants.

For art lovers we had the privilege of a very special guest, widely acclaimed Australia artist John Wolseley exhibiting his most recent collection ‘Recent Works of Rivers and Creeks’ in the studio gallery.   We were fortunate that John was able to join us on the day highly engaging with our visitors about his work and inspiration.

Equally popular was artist and Grampians Brushes Coordinator Marion Matthews’ fabric eco-dyeing workshop.  

People were mesmerised by voice and harp duo, Willow Tree, local Diane Stewart (song) and Fran Thiele (Harp) as they enjoyed their afternoon tea of freshly baked scones and cakes in the new sunken garden.

“The Grannes Garden Festival is not just about opening the garden for visitors to come and enjoy but celebrating the synergy between art and nature,” says Glenda Lewin.

“We were very fortunately to have John Wolseley come and exhibit who immerses himself into his environment to create these incredible works and simply reminds us of how important and beautiful the natural environment is.” 

Thank you to all the WAMA volunteers that helped make the event a success and of course to everyone that came to the festival in support of the WAMA project.


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