THE sun was shining and the gardens were in full bloom.
That could only mean Griffith’s Festival of Gardens event was back for another year.
Hundreds of visitors took the opportunity to check out eight gardens over the weekend, much to the delight of festival organisers.
“It’s going marvellously well,” Festival of Gardens committee chair Pat Cox said yesterday.
“There has been huge numbers at the gardens. We have eight gardens and they are all very different – no two gardens are the same.”
“The comments from visitors are that the gardens are just beautiful.”
Festival of Gardens special guest Tino Carnevale from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia proved a hit with garden lovers, hosting a number of workshops during his visit to Griffith.
“Tino was very impressed with the gardens and the hospitality of the garden owners,” Ms Cox said.
“He said it was just a great experience – one of the best experiences he has had.”
The introduction of gardening workshops to this year’s festival, hosted by Mr Carnevale, also proved popular.
“One of the best things introduced this year was the workshops,” Ms Cox said.
“Tino was involved in a workshop on Wednesday evening and two on Saturday.
“Some people followed Tino from one workshop to the next just to hear him again.
“There were about 70 to 80 people.
“Tino was simply a great asset – he was a really delightful guest to have.”
Ms Cox said the large number of visitors to this year’s event were pleased with their trip to Griffith.
“The big crowds have been impressed with Griffith,” she said.
Ms Cox made particular mention of the staff at the Griffith Visitor Information Centre for their help and assistance.