Garden Lovers’ Fair returns to Bolobek

Maggie in her veggie patch at home. Photo: James Morgan

The much-loved Garden Lovers’ Fair will return to Bolobek, a magnificent property and garden situated at the base of Mount Macedon, on the weekend of October 7 and 8.

More than 50 high-quality and specialist stallholders selling everything from rare plants to garden tools, food and wine, bulbs, native plants, succulents, trees, clematis, and many other plants and garden related products will be exhibiting and selling from 10am until 4pm on both days.

A highlight of this year’s Fair will be the attendance of Maggie Beer AO as guest speaker on the Sunday morning.

Maggie is an Australian icon best known for her down to earth and delicious cooking. She has appeared on the ABC series The Cook and the Chef, The Great Australian Bake Off and MasterChef Australia, and is probably Australia’s favourite cook! Importantly, she is an extremely keen and dedicated gardener at her base in The Barossa Valley in South Australia.

Maggie will be speaking abut her love of gardens, how productive gardening directs us toward a healthier lifestyle and our responsibility for looking after the environment.

“In my garden nothing is wasted. I have been growing our food for more than 30 years but I have got better at it over time,” Maggie said.

“What I grow is the key to what we eat. Everything I grow is organic and everything is utilised – if not by us then in my compost, or in my worm farm.”

The Fair is also a big fundraiser for local charities with the SES, Mt Macedon and Macedon Community House, the local CWA, the Scouts, and the local Horticultural Society all benefitting from funds raised at the event.

The Bolobek garden is arguably one of the most written about in Australia, having appeared over the years in Gardens Illustrated, Country Style, Women’s Weekly, various newspapers and numerous books on gardens and gardening as well as on TV shows such as Gardening Australia and Postcards.

The garden is now more than 110 years old. It covers approximately seven hectares and includes a wonderful picking and vegetable garden and glorious deciduous trees in a manicured setting. Much new work has been completed since the Fair last year including the renewal of the Crab Apple Walk and a new perennial border on the north side of the garden.

The Garden Lovers’ Fair is a great outing for families and there is ample onsite parking. The Gardens at Bolobek are open to visitors on both days of the Fair.

Tickets are $16.50 with children under 16 admitted free and are now available online at or at the entrance gate on the day.

Bolobek is located at 370 Mount Macedon Road, Macedon. Open 10am to 4pm both days.

Ample parking onsite. Dogs not allowed as Bolobek is a working farm.