Grow Day: A Plant Fair

Words by
Georgina Reid
| March 2, 2016

Ready, steady, GROW!!! We’ve teamed up with our Melbourne pals, Loose Leaf to put on a great little plant show. It’s called Grow Day and is coming to North Fitzroy on Saturday the 19th of March.

What’s Grow Day?
Grow Day is an enthusiastic and only ever-so-slightly polished yard sale for plant lovers. Imagine all the things you dream of in the one spot, for one day only: happy plants for sale and swap; ceramics and pots; workshops; good people; and good food.

This is how it will grow (ha!): Come along with a handful of cuttings, some seeds from your garden, or some fresh produce (if you want). Swap with others for new plants, seeds or things to eat. Yay.

Then grab yourself a coffee, chat with a friendly plant grower or three, buy a plant or not, admire some gorgeous hand made ceramics, stay for a free workshop, eat a taco, then wander home with a full heart and pockets overflowing with plants.

Why Grow Day?
The aim of The Planthunter is to celebrate life with plants, and there’s nothing more celebratory than a fair, right?! The same goes for the Loose Leaf gang. They’re plant evangelists like me.

We’re putting on Grow Day to share our enthusiasm for all things green, and to inspire all who visit to GROW MORE PLANTS.

Where and When?
Saturday 19th March
Location: 2-4 St Georges Road, Fitzroy North
Time:  9am till 4pm

Who’s Involved?
We’re keeping the inaugural Grow Day small, curated, and brilliant. A few of the folk we’ve got on board so far include: Botanical Treasures Nursery, Cactus Country, Capra Designs,  Christensen and Jackson, Dog Photog, Forgotten Foods Bushfood NurseryGrafa Garden Tools, Lachlan McFarlane with fresh produce and veggie seedlings, Leaf & ThreadPlant by Packwood, Wingnut & CoStaghorn Home, The Sage Garden, St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op and more more more!!

There’ll be coffee, tacos by Raph Rashid’s Taco Truck, and delicious Middle Eastern snacks from Mankoushe.

Workshop Schedule (Tickets are free but limited)

10am – 10:45am: Plant Connection Workshop with Sarah Cowell
What better way to start your weekend than with a plant communication workshop?! Learn how to better connect with your plants with a few simple exercises including a breathing meditation experience with a plant. Feel free to bring your favourite plant friend along, or borrow one of ours for the workshop. Reserve your spot HERE!

11:30am – 12:15pm: Smudge Stick Making Workshop with Belinda Evans
Learn how to craft your own smudge sticks with multidisciplinary artist and maker Belinda Evans. Smudge sticks have a long history in indigenous community ceremonies all over the world. In these rituals, different combinations of native herbs are bound together and burnt to heal and cleanse the mind, body and spirit. Learn all about Belinda’s approach to this custom as she demonstrates how you can make a unique smudge stick of your very own using wild harvested Australian native flora. Reserve your spot HERE!

1pm-1:45pm: Smoking The Bees with Nic Dowse of Honey Fingers
This workshop will discuss the history of smoking the bees, the physical effect it has on the bees, as well as the specific botanics used in the smoker. You’ll be invited to smell the difference between the smokes, ask lots of questions and see the smoker at work. Learn about bees and beekeeping through the prism of smoking the bees, as well as gain an insight into the complex layers of connections between plants, bees and beekeeping. There’ll be no bees, just smoke. Reserve your spot HERE!

Grow Day is proudly supported by Milieu Property.

How did it come about?
Here’s a story: I went to the country show in my home-town for the first time in around 15 years recently. There were the usual horse, chicken, goat, cow and sheep competitions, dodgem cars and deep fried heart attacks, but what got me really excited were the competitions in the pavilion, the traditional domain of the formidable folk from the Country Women’s Association. There were rack upon rack of cakes, flowers, preserves and vegetables. All the good stuff. I was particularly keen on the parsley competition, the title (and competition brief) of which read: ‘Parsley in vase. Three Sprigs.’ Simple, straight forward, and very much to the point!

The show was a far cry from many big events today. There was a strong sense of community and a real-ness about it. What I loved most though was the celebration of the simple act of growing things. There were no fancy cultivars, no aspirational show gardens, and no junk –  just three sprigs of parsley in a glass jar with some water.

Soon after, Charlie from Loose Leaf and I were talking and he said: ‘We should put on a plant fair’. My mind immediately leaped back to the parsley, and I said ‘yep, lets do it’.

Please join us for Grow Day, a great little plant fair focused on good plants, good people, learning and growing. We can’t wait to see you there!

For all Grow Day updates, please follow @growday on instagram!

PS. The image used to accompany this story is of the inaugural Vernal Garden Club flower show in Utah, USA, 1947, by L.C Thorne. Image sourced from the Utah County Library.