Ivanhoe Park Garden Festival a roaring success

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A perfect sunny autumn day saw 250–300 people flocking Manly’s hidden gem, Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden for the opening of the Festival on Sunday the 28th of April. The crowd witnessed the planting of a Wollemi Pine chosen to evidence the long term viability of the Garden which has been around since 1865. Mayor Michael Regan and local State MP James Griffin, patron of Friends of Ivanhoe Park Botanic Garden planted the pine and unveiled a commemorative plaque.

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The day included acknowledgement of country by Karen Smith and a smoking ceremony conducted by Uncle Max. Six specialty tours including, our Aboriginal Heritage, In War and Peace, All Aboard the Tram, Smell This, Touch That, Manly’s Floriade and a History of Ivanhoe Park were in demand.

Manly’s own Country Women’s Association who provided Devonshire Teas and a Bake Sale on the day were very popular as was the 1st Fairlight Scouts sausage sizzle.

The day marked the first of an annual event and will be supplement with special events each quarter throughout the year.