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TAS Country : March 29th 2012
Friday, March 30, 2012 Tasmanian Country 13 Taste of autumn in heritage setting OUTSTANDING: Peter Cooper and Karen Hall's Mole Creek garden that will be open on Sunday. AN apple tasting will bring autumn alive in Sunday's Open Garden at Mole Creek. Open Gardens co- ordinator Julie Siebert said Wychwood is an out- standing garden of ac- claimed designer/plants- man partners, Peter Cooper and Karen Hall. ''This is a much- anticipated event in the autumn calendar, and is set against the backdrop of the garden's heritage apple orchard,'' Ms Siebert said. Steve Kingston and Nik Magnus, of Woodbridge Fruit Trees will conduct this season's apple tasting experience, with a host of heritage varieties to sample. Ms Siebert said some of the apples are obscure and rare. ''There will be venerable favourites and many the result of apple expert Bob Magnus's grafting experi- ence,'' she said. The garden is on the banks of Mole Creek. ''It always looks spec- tacular, but in autumn it radiates its own magic.'' Ms Siebert said lovely sedums were in flower, abundant rosehips and ot- her berries, colourful orna- mental grapes and birches were just beginning to turn. ''The orchard is posi- tively loaded with fruit.'' Wychwood's apple press will be producing fresh apple juice on the day. Advice on growing par- ticular apple varieties, techniques of espaliering and pruning fruit trees will be explained. Orders can also be placed for new season trees. There will be complimentary teas, rare plants for sale and pretty picnic spots. Entry of $7 includes heri- tage apple tasting with Steve Kingston and Nik Magnus. Under 18 years free. No bookings required. Open 10am-4pm, 80 Den Rd, Mole Creek. for the 59th Hamilton Show ABOVE: Sheep judging at the Hamilton Show. LEFT: In the shearing competition judges, from left, Winston Flood and Geoff Parsons, watch Anthony Bresnehan, of Orford. Pictures: KIM EISZELE ABOVE: Kerry Hunt of Magra with her twin daughters Jennifer and Suzanne, 2. LEFT: Geoff Harvey of Westerway rides Renegade in the camp drafting event. Pictures: KIM EISZELE ROGER HANSON LEFT: Girls from the Jordon River Federation School at Bridge- water who showed their cattle are, from left, Dannielle Chandler, Demee Robertson, Molly Slater, and Makayla Knot and Harley Rose Beddo. THE Hamilton Show high- lighted the benefits of a com- munity working together to create something special. The 59th show, featuring sheepdog competitions, shear- ing and wool handling, aero- batics, equestrian events, cattle, goats, sheep, food and poetry readings, all came together on a beautiful autumn day to show- case the quality of rural talent. Hamilton District Agricul- tural Show Society president Richard Hallett said about 3000 people attended the show. Ann Jones, who is on the show committee, said the crowds were good, with gate takings up by about 20 per cent from last year. ''We are very happy; it was a lovely autumn day and the crowd really enjoyed what was on offer,'' Mrs Jones said. Ouse dairy farmers Grant and Mel Rogers, who were the groundspace organisers, de- signed a ground layout, and brought in new stalls. ''It all came together really well, with the people who had stalls reporting a good day,'' Mrs Jones said. ''Everyone is really positive and looking forward to next year.'' The show has been running annually since the early 1950s, and has stayed true to its rural traditions, for example farmers were on hand in the wool pavilion to answer questions on growing a good fleece. Added attractions of fresh produce in the Taste of Derwent along with easy-listening country music from The Wolfe Brothers all added to the mix of a great family day adventure. Mrs Jones said there is a keen younger group of people all working to help bring about the show. King Trailer Industries for all your Trailer and Caravanning Requirements. Pre Agfest Enquiries Trailers phone 0362 280317 Email email@example.com Caravans Phone 0362 734666 Email firstname.lastname@example.org SLIDE ON CAMPERS Caravans BOAT TRAILERS Box Trailers You'll find all this and more at Agfest
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