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Bloomin’ beautiful at Broadfield

Now in its ninth year, the Ellesmere Spring Fling has become one of the most popular events in which to celebrate this long-awaited season of colour, sweet scents and new life.



A mere 10-minute drive from Hornby, Broadfield Garden comprises around 3.5 hectares of natives and New Zealand cultivars of camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, maples, peony perennials, daffodils, lilies and roses; add in two forests of beech and kauri, a canal, sedge pond, formal rose garden and cricket oval, and you have a superb day out browsing artisan stalls in stunning surroundings.

Organisers Vanessa Thompson and Janice Burnett have received glowing feedback from visitors to past Spring Flings, from saying how much they love the event – with many describing it as “a hidden gem” – through to praise of the quality stalls, food and beverages, music, exhibits, demonstrations, and the excellent management of the garden tour (hosted/run by Broadfield Garden owner David Hobbs and his head gardener).

The fete is run by dedicated volunteers, with 100 percent of all profits going to charity (Community Care Lincoln). “Our point of difference to other fetes is that the garden is spectacular; it blows people away, especially if they’ve not been before,” Vanessa says.

“It really is a day out; people come for lunch, a bit of shopping and to wander around the garden. We even get quite a few men!”

Held on Sunday 6 October from 11am-4pm at 250 Selwyn Road, Prebbleton, Selwyn. Find the event listing on Facebook




The Ellesmere Spring Fling

Have a spring fling: The Ellesmere Spring Fling 2018

For lovers of beautiful gardens and anyone wanting a glorious day out in the fresh country air, The Ellesmere Spring Fling 2018 country fete on Sunday 7 October is a must.


The Ellesmere Spring Fling


Held at Broadfield Garden from 11am to 4pm, 250 Selwyn Road, which is only 10 minutes from Hornby, these award-winning landscape gardens span 10 acres. Owner David Hobbs will host guided tours around his impeccably tended spring wonderland on the day. Restful live music will waft through the trees and there will be artisan stalls, plant sales and great food and beverages. Horticulturalist Michael Coulter will be demonstrating some clever gardening ideas, including growing tomatoes in containers, welcoming any gardening problems or questions too.


The Ellesmere Spring Fling

This is the eighth year Community Care Lincoln has organised the event, to raise money for the health and wellbeing of residents in the Selwyn community. “We had around 800 here last year, and the day is run completely with voluntary help from the community and the Rotary Club of Lincoln,” says organiser Janice Burnett.  “Our principle sponsor is Intelligro at Weedons, for garden supplies and taking the guesswork out of gardening.”


Tickets are $15 per adult on Eventfinda, Lincoln New World, Community Care Lincoln, Paper Plus Hornby and Ballantynes. On the day gate sales will be available for $20 per adult and school-aged children are free. Follow the Ballantynes Facebook page for a ticket giveaway competition which goes live 1 October.