Festival of Gardens presents the Griffith Citrus Sculptures
Spring is finally here and with it comes the celebration of the 26th annual Festival of Gardens in Griffith. Eight private gardens will open to the public, ranging from pretty cottage gardens to lovely country estates. The gardens reflect the passion of the owners and offer a tranquil and colourful environment to relax and explore.
Costa Georgiadis of ABC Gardening Australia is the 2016 gardening ambassador, returning to Griffith to attend the festival launch, street party and Paella by The Sculptures on Friday 14 October. Other highlights are the daily Garden Tour Bus, gardening workshops and The Long Italian Table, which showcases Griffith's Italian heritage and presents a fabulous night of feasting with friends under the stars.
Artistic highlight of the festival will be the Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures, a unique exhibition, which showcases over 70 large 3D sculptures along Griffith’s main street from 9-22 October.
The sculptures are based on the famous lemon sculptures in Menton, France, and with Griffith being a major citrus producing region in Australia, the sculptures have become a major visitor attraction bringing thousands of people to Griffith every year.
The sculptures are erected along Griffith’s main street, early on Sunday morning, by an army of 700 community volunteers. More than 100,000 oranges and 200,000 rubber bands are used to construct the sculptures. It is a fabulous community event with schools, local businesses, banks, cultural, service and church groups, and multi-national companies working side by side to create magnificent sculptures.
Find out more about the citrus sculptures and the Festival of the Gardens in the video below.