Nannup tulips start to bloom ahead of garden festival

Sarah IsonBusselton Dunsborough Times
Nannup Festival and Garden coordinator Sue Skey admires the first tulips to bloom in Nannup this week.
Camera IconNannup Festival and Garden coordinator Sue Skey admires the first tulips to bloom in Nannup this week. Credit: Manjimup Bridgetown Times, Sarah Ison Manjimup Bridgetown Times

Blood red tulips have begun blooming in Nannup, ahead of the 22nd Nannup Flower and Garden Festival.

The blooms are just some of the 1400 expected to fill the town’s main street for the four-day event beginning on August 16.

Festival co-ordinator Sue Skey said this year’s theme was Getting Creative in the Garden, and included a variety of celebrity talks, stalls, exhibitions and events.

“It’s run almost entirely by volunteers,” she said.

“This year, businesses around town will buy barrels from us, in which tulips are planted, to fill the main street.”

Eight open gardens and two farm tours will also run through the festival, which will feature big names like Costa Georgiadis — or as he may be known by viewers of ABC Kids’ dirtgirlworld — Costa the Garden Gnome.

“The demographic has traditionally been an older crowd, but we’re more and more trying to attract younger people and families,” Ms Skye said.

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