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Preparations underway for Begonia Festival

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Preparations are getting underway for the 2019 Begonia Festival at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens.

This year’s Begonia Display features six hundred tuberous and non-tuberous Begonias from the City of Ballarat’s Begonia collection.

For the first time the display will also feature a water display landscaped with ferns from the City of Ballarat’s nursery.

The City of Ballarat’s Gardens and Nursery Team have been growing the tuberous begonias since Spring, with the gardeners now in the final stages of preparing this year’s Begonia Display ahead of the festival.

In preparation for this year’s Begonia Display, the conservatory will be closed from February 11, 2019 for building maintenance and the installation of the begonias.

The conservatory will re-open at 10am on Saturday March 9, 2019.

Residents are also advised public access into the Ballarat Botanical Gardens will be closed from 8am, Monday March 4 to allow for the Ballarat Begonia Festival set-up.

The gardens will also re-open at 10am on Saturday March 9, 2019.

Parts of the gardens will also be closed to public access on March 12 and 13 to allow safe removal of festival infrastructure.

Users of the Adam Lindsay Gordon Craft Cottage are advised the cottage will remain open as usual and can be accessed via the Northern Gate.

The 2019 Ballarat Begonia Festival is free and will be held at the Ballarat Botanical Gardens between March 9th-11th.

(Image: Ballarat Begonia Festival)