Burra Spring Festival and Open Gardens weekend

Burra was the place to be for all green thumbs at the weekend.

The annual open gardens was coupled with the inaugural two-day expo in Burra’s Town Hall. 

Many visitors turned out for the event and organisers were happy with the turnout for the first year, with ideas for making next year bigger and better. 

Burra Town Hall secretary and an expo committee member Sharon Austin said on Friday the group had seen a number of people through the doors of the hall. 

“We have had a lot of people through already,” Mrs Austin said. 

Burra’s Town Hall was awash with all things gardening, from artwork to native tube stock, to essential gardening items and irises – there was something for every green thumb. 

The expo also included a floral art exhibition. 

“We have had a huge turnout in the floral art exhibition,” she said. 

Mrs Austin said it was hoped to make the floral exhibition a big event and she hoped to attract competitors by offering a good prize for the winner. 

Guest speakers took audiences through a range of different topics including succulents, irises, soil workshops and floral crown creating. 

Mrs Austin said as a fundraiser, the group visited Bunnings in Gawler and held sausage sizzles – they also wrote to the store and they agreed to attend the expo for two days. 

The rose society was also present. 

It was a weekend perfect for green thumbs, budding gardeners or those who enjoy the outdoors. 

Mrs Austin said it was a decision to add the expo on to the open gardens weekend to give people something extra.

“We are hoping to become combined with the open gardens and make it a truly combined event,” she said. 

“Gardening is passion...it’s a family thing too,” she said. 

The expo allowed those visiting open gardens to enjoy a mixture, ask questions of stall holders and grab a few items for their green patch along the way. 

There was a mix of gardens open in the Regional Council of Goyder area, including Mount Bryan, Hallett, Burra and Farrell Flat.