Narryna to host historic Plant Fair

THE picturesque grounds of Narryna in Battery Point will host the historic house’s first ever Plant Fair in October.

Narryna’s garden committee, a group of enthusiastic volunteers who look after the gardens of the property, have spent the past 15 months preparing, planting and propagating and now have a range of quality plants to sell to the public.

Built by shipping merchant Andrew Haig between 1835-1840, stately Narryna was later home to businessmen, bankers, lawyers and politicians, and became Australia’s first folk museum in 1955.

During the 1920s and ‘30s it was a boarding house run by the Peate family, who established a productive kitchen garden on the grounds behind the house.

“We wanted to re-establish the kitchen garden at Narryna, but rather than planting it with varieties that are available now, we’re planting it with heirloom varieties,” garden committee member Ann Cripps said.

“We’ve gone back to the early plant catalogues that were published here in the 1830s and ‘40s, and Royal Society lists, and tried to get plant varieties in keeping with the history of the site.”

Ms Cripps said the group had propagated an array of plants that will be available at the Plant Fair, from hydrangeas and camellias to rhubarb and a range of herbs.

“People can come along and buy a little piece of Narryna to take home,” she said.

“Everybody who comes will have a chance to talk to the volunteers, and hopefully some people might offer to join us. You don’t need any experience, it’s a social activity and we have a lot of fun.”

The Narryna House Museum Plant Fair will be held in the grounds of Narryna (103 Hampden Rd, Battery Point) from 10am-3pm on Saturday 23 October. Entry is free by donations welcomed, with all money raised going towards the upkeep of Narryna.

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