August 15, 2013


The inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney, spanning over seven acres, will be in Centennial Park from Thursday 5 September to Sunday 8 September.  With its world class garden displays, vibrant floral pavilion, bars, fine cuisine and stunning visual installations which will come alive at night, this is definitely not to be missed.

The event is an experience unlike any other garden show.   “There is absolutely nothing like this available in Australia.  It’s not just all about gardens, anyone with an interest in design, architecture, sustainability, organic food and cooking will take something valuable away from this event” said Event Director, Anthony Bastic.

A sweeping tree lined avenue will connect 16 stunning display gardens, including the centrepiece garden September Sky created by recent Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Tom Harfleet and partner Andrew Fisher Tomlin.

Gardens will also be created by event curator Myles Baldwin, Brendan Moar from The LifeStyle Channel’s Dry Spell Gardening and Charlie Albone from The LifeStyle Channel’s Selling Houses Australia.

To commemorate Gallipoli’s centenary in 2015, award winning landscape designer Jim Fogarty will design The Last to Leave, a Gallipoli inspired garden.

Wander through lavish tomato archways and learn how to utilise even the smallest spaces with a pop-up edible garden.

fp2q39rJ4nwVxAWdky9OgPQ-KlTQA1MCxBfXEICjhncVisitors will discover a new gardening experience at Indira Naidoo’s 1000 square metre Kitchen Garden by building their own strawberry wall or watering plants with pedal powered sprinklers.

By night, the gardens will take on a whole new form as light installations illuminate the displays and majestic lighting floods the grounds with beautiful effects.

Celebrity chef Kylie Kwong and entomologist Skye Blackburn will create a selection of recipes featuring locally bred edible insects, including crickets and dehydrated earthworms, in their talk as part of the Seeds of Wisdom Lecture Series.  If insects aren’t your idea of fine dining, catch talks from international vertical garden guru Patrick Blanc, Aussie garden legends Angus Stewart and Graham Ross plus Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans.

Offering much more than just flowers, attendees can enjoy a drink at one of the many cafes and bars, grab a bite to eat at the Harvest Restaurant, browse through the Florilegium bookshop and get books signed by their favourite horticultural personalities.

There will be over 100 exhibitors ranging from nursery and garden associations to a large variety of gardening produce and information stalls.  There will also be a fun interactive kids section operated by Twigz to keep the little ones entertained.

Gardeners can access expert advice at the Ross Garden Clinic operating on site from 10.30am – 4pm daily.

The Australian Garden Show Sydney is exclusive to New South Wales and will attract garden enthusiasts and horticulturists from around the world.

For more show information including public transport visit: www.australiangardenshowsydney.com.au

Sandra Tiltman 


August 15, 2013

Gay BarDarlinghurst’s bar scene is now even more exciting with the official opening last week of The Gay Bar at 231 Oxford Street, just near Taylor Square.  Drag Queen, Trevor Ashley, bedecked in rainbow hues, performed his duties as party host with great aplomb.  Co-Owners Stephen Craddock & Nelson De Sousa made guests at the launch party feel very welcome.

With three levels of bars to select from, patrons are really spoilt for choice.  Depending on what mood you’re in, there’s the street level more traditional style bar area, or venture up the stairs to the second level Dame Edna’s with its walls decorated with oversize headshots of Cher, Bette Middler, Blondie & Madonna to put some glamour in your life

If your mood desires a more elegant setting, go straight to the top floor bar area and sink into the sumptuous armchairs.

There are special glassed walled areas for those who like to smoke, yet still be able to watch what’s happening inside.

Set apart from its neighbouring venues, The Gay Bar provides a clean and slick party venue, with some of Sydney’s best DJs and entertainers.  Serving awesome food and drinks plus delicious cocktails, this new bar will prove to be one of Sydney’s best.  Try a Kylie Minogue, this is one of the best cocktails I’ve had in a long while.

The Gay Bar is open Tuesday to Sunday from 5 pm till late.

Sandra Tiltman     Photos:  John Pond