Aaah… spring. My favourite time of the year. It’s no secret that each year Canberrans look forward to the warmth as the blossom buds turn slowly pink white and burst into bloom. And as wedding bells ring, it also means that people are also spending more time out of their homes. Every year I aim to stock up my wares in winter to get ready for this. And yet, as winter passes, there are still SO many things I wish I had time to make and I never feel quite ready for the rush. But then again, it doesn’t matter how much time I have, I don’t think I will ever feel quite ready. I’ll be doing a few markets this coming spring, selling my wares of jewellery, floral accessories and airplants. I’m lucky to be part of amazingly well-organised markets that I really love, in particular Night Market Canberra and the Handmade Market—which happen to be held in the same week this spring. I’ve had my share of being on the outside looking in, wishing that I could be part of the picture, and I’m so grateful that nowadays I get to be one of who lives in the picture.
flyer for Spring Night Marlet
Flyer for Spring handmade market
Apart from markets, I’ll be stocking my silk floral accessories at Tulip Top Gardens. They were very well-received last year so I’m looking forward to supplying the Gardens again, and it means I can use ‘work’ as an excuse to go to there. If you haven’t been to the Gardens before, they are a must visit.
Tulip Top Garden
I’m also going to take part in a relatively new market—the Garden Lover’s Market at the Crookwell Garden Festival. The Festival was held for the first time last year, and they won an award for the ‘Best event in the Upper Lachlan Shire’, presented by well-known gardening author and TV presenter Graham Ross. The event is made up of residents in the township of Crookwell and in the nearby countryside opening up their gardens to the public. Looking at gardens when I walk around my own neighbourhood is one of my favourite things to do, so I’m glad that someone’s been able to create an event out of that kind of idea. I can think of a lot of Canberrans who are keen gardeners and who would really enjoy the Festival.
One example of an open garden at Crookwell Garden Festival
Here are the markets you can find me (and/or my wares) at this spring:
9 September – Night Market Canberra
10-11 September – Handmade Market
17 September-16 October – Tulip Top Gardens
5 November – Garden Lover’s Market, Crookwell Garden Festival (Note: While the market is
only on 5 November, the Festival runs from 5-6 November)