Chesterfield open garden and heirloom tomato fair

Chesterfield, 221 Noble Street, Newtown

Saturday 2 February, 2019 to
Sunday 3 February, 2019

This combined garden opening and special event is a wonderful opportunity to explore the beautiful gardens at Chesterfield and enjoy a whole program of special activities including how to grow and cook with tomatoes, specialist stalls, food and much more!

General entry 10.00am - 4.30pm
Refer to Program in 'Garden Notes' link below for times of special activities

Entry $10  Students $5  Under 18 free 

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This elegant early Victorian home was completed in 1855, with three acres of garden and a paddock. Today, the remaining one acre garden exhibits some of the original trees, including three stately Norfolk Island Pines lining the carriage loop and a shady Lilly Pilly tree on the western side of the property. Over the past nine years, the owners have lovingly restored the previously neglected garden, reinstating the perennial boarders and orchards, and turning the old tennis court into a large kitchen garden. The home and garden retain their traditional rural charm through subtle renovations using reclaimed materials as well as old foundation stones uncovered in the garden.

Chesterfield is also home to The School of Lost Arts, with a studio and gallery space nestled into the kitchen garden. The School of Lost Arts hosts a range of design and art workshops and activities, including the Heirloom Tomato Fair.

There will be a huge variety of activities associated with the fair, including:

  • Guest speakers (including Karen Sutherland, Kylie Treble and Stephen Read)
  • Focused sessions on getting the best results for growing tomatoes (Karen Sutherland)
  • Cooking demonstrations for tomato lovers (Kylie Treble)
  • Artists’ stalls with nature-inspired crafts at The School of Lost Arts
  • Screen printing demonstrations and workshops with Roze Elizabeth
  • Talks regarding the landscape restoration program at Chesterfield, with tours of the garden (Stephen Read)
  • Productive gardens advice and sales (Kyrstie Barcak)
  • Artisanal tools (FDRyan Tools), organic seeds (Birdland Seeds) and plants for sale
  • Food stalls and other refreshments

For all details please refer to the weekend’s Program through Garden Notes below.

Garden Notes

Information and advice on garden visiting

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