Dig Gloucester garden festival is coming

Bob Tebbett, Jean Spokes, Shirley Hazell, Pat Burrows and Heather Eggins are working together. Photo Anne Keen
Bob Tebbett, Jean Spokes, Shirley Hazell, Pat Burrows and Heather Eggins are working together. Photo Anne Keen

From little things, big things grow.

Just like planting a seed in a garden, Destination Gloucester had an idea for promoting the town and out of that, Dig Gloucester has grown.

The group thought a garden festival would be a good idea and knowing the Gloucester Garden Club has more than 100 members, they decided to approach the club to see if they wanted to be involved.

Once the garden club was on-board, they began to approach other community groups like the Gloucester Arts Society for their interest in painting nature and the Gloucester Tucker Patch for their active garden.

Just like adding a little fertilizer to your spring flowers, the concept of the Dig Gloucester festival began to blossom, with more groups coming onboard.

The Gloucester Scouts Group have decided to teach people to make scarecrows, while the Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group thought it would be nice to hold a high tea. 

Destination Gloucester member, Bob Tebbett said the organisation was focused on promoting Gloucester. Part of that, is taking an idea like this one, and bringing together community groups to make it happen.

The festival’s footprint is sprawling, with several garden club members opening up their gardens, events and expert speakers planned for Billabong Park, landscape inspired arts and crafts exhibits from the Gloucester Gallery through to the Gloucester Soldiers Club, high tea in the Memorial Gardens out to gardens related activities at the Tucker Patch.

Terry Hardwick and Shirley Hazell set up a Dig Gloucester stall during the Gloucester Chill Out Festival in July 2018. Photo Scott Calvin

Terry Hardwick and Shirley Hazell set up a Dig Gloucester stall during the Gloucester Chill Out Festival in July 2018. Photo Scott Calvin

“A lot of people love gardens, “ Bob said. “Not everyone is a gardener or interested in gardening themselves, but they like looking at them.”

Every garden club in the State has been invited to come, Bob explained.

“With a good showing of interest.”

The Dig Garden festival takes place on Saturday, October 13 and Sunday October 14 from 8am until 4pm, with a range of activities, for all ages.

Bob said the hope is the festival will be a success; something the community can build on and continue annually for years to come, helping to promote Gloucester as a beautiful place to visit or live.

For more information, visit https://diggloucester.com/ or the Facebook page.