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Teddy Bears’ Picnic – Sunday 17th September 2017

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a free family friendly event.

Where: Lisgar Gardens, Lisgar Road, Hornsby NSW 2077
When: Sunday 17th September 2017 from 11:00 to 16:00
What: a free family fun day
How: Take the shuttle bus from the William Street carpark (behind Odeon Cinema). No parking facilities in William Street.

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic 2017 presents a rich and diverse program for children aged 5 to 11. Along with the much-loved parade of Teddys and carers, there will be many entertaining activities for children:

* Listen to Music (main lawn)
11:30 Hornsby South Public School band
12:30 Music by Jim Jam Music 
13:30 Hornsby North Public School band

* Move your body (Small lawn 1):
11:00 – Yoga for kids (Connect Kids Yoga) – 4 to 8 years
12:00 – Rythmic Gymnastic (Miss Rythmics gymnastic club) – NEW
13:00 – Irish Dancing (Derwent School of Irish Dancing) – NEW
13:30 – Circus performance (Circus Akimbo – Learn Circus Hornsby)
14:30 – Hula hoop performance (Spinjoy Hoop Dance)
15:00 – Hula Hoop workshop (Spinjoy Hoop Dance)

* Quiet activities (Small lawn 2 and bush area)
11:00 to 16:00 – Face painting (Colour Me Live)
Diverse times – Story telling
11:00 to 16:00 – Teddy’s Health check (St John Ambulance Cadets)
11:00 to 16:00 – Drawing and colouring area

* Pavilion – 11:00 to 16:00
The Edgeworth David Community Garden
Get involved in the community garden. The volunteers will be selling home-made jam.  Cash only.
The volunteers from the Friends of Lisgar Gardens will be selling home-made savoury and sweet French Crepes (vegetarian options available). Cash only.

Families are invited to come with their picnic blanket and basket, or they can purchase French crepes on site (CASH ONLY). Tea and coffee are available for a gold coin donation.

An inclinator / lift at the end of Lisgar Road facilitates access for disabled visitors and families with prams.

Parking near Lisgar Gardens, Hornsby NSW

 

 

Lisgar road is a no through road and there are no parking spaces. Take the shuttle bus from the William Street carpark or walk the 800m!

Park for free on William street, behind the Odeon Cinema and take the community shuttle bus!

Coming by train? The entrance to Lisgar Gardens is 15 minutes walk (1300m) from Hornsby Station. At the station, take the exit on the right towards Hornsby West Side. You will see the community shuttle bus in the carpark once you walk into William street.

Rain cancellation? Check this website for updates at 10:00 Sunday 17th.

Interested in getting free updates directly in your email box ?  Just click on the “Follow this blog” button on the left column!

Click on the images below to see the full program or download our pdf.

 

We’re looking for additional Volunteers

Do you find a free community event is something worth helping?  Assist us by volunteering 1 or 2 hour(s) on Sunday 17th September 2017! There are a variety of tasks to perform and you can help from 9:00am to 5:00pm, depending on your schedule!

You are just 1 minute and three easy steps away from becoming involved in this great day:
1) Click on http://signup.com/go/qrjucdA to see the different tasks and times
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

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Camellia Gala Day – Sunday 2d July 2017 from 11am to 3:30pm

Time: 11:00-15:30, Sunday 2d July 2017
>> Download the program (pdf version)

Camellia Blooms brought by the Camellia Society

Note: Wheelchairs and prams welcome – the inclinator (lift) will be operated from 10:30am to 4:00pm.– Free Admission
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Purchase a French Crepe, a soup and hot drinks. No ATM on site, so please bring Cash!

The Friends of Lisgar Gardens and Hornsby Council  invite you to our 22d edition of the Camellia Gala Day.

 

 

Guest Presenters & Speakers:

Geoff Duggan – Expert on Dry Stone Walls

Geoff Duggan, Registered Master Craftsman, advanced instructor, examiner and member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. His work can be seen at the Mt Annan Australian Botanic Garden.

> From 11:00 to 12:10, Geoff Duggan will introduce us to Dry Stone Walls
Pavilion

 

 

> From 12:20 to 12:50, a member of the Eryldene Foundation(TBC) will speak on Pr. EG Waterhouse, who co-founded the Australian and New Zealand Camellia Research Society and built the Eryldene house and garden in Gorden with his wife Janet.
Pavilion

> From 14:20 to 14:50, members of the Beecroft Garden Club will speak on their garden club.
Pavilion

Dr Stephen Utick

Dr Stephen Utick, Secretary of Camellias Australia, International Camellia Society Director for Australia, Walter Hazlewood Award of Honour

> From 12:20 to 12:50, Camellia bloom identification: Bring along your camellia blooms for identification – for every confirmed identification a gold coin donation would be appreciated.
Main Lawn

> From 13:00 to 13:30,  Camellias Q&A – Australian camellia expert Dr Utick will reply to your questions on Camellias.
Pavilion

> From 13:30 to 14:10,  guided tour to view some of the camellia gems of Lisgar Gardens.
Gardens

 

Sandy Marker on Ikebana

Sandy Marker, Sogetsu Ikebana teacher, 2015 Norman and Mary Sparnon scholarship winner for Australia. Sogetsu Ikebana is a school of Japanese art of flower arrangement.

> From 15:00 to 15:30, Sandy Marker will offer a demonstration of Sogetsu Ikebana.

 

 

Origami & paper craft – Hanae Bansemer
Hanae Bansemer and Sayoko Burton, experienced Japanese origami artists, Hanae and Sayoko enjoy sharing their knowledge and teaching others about different origami techniques and styles.

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> From 13:40 to 14:50, come and learn from Hanae about different origami techniques and styles.
Main Lawn

Proceeds to the Friends of Lisgar Gardens

>> Download the program (pdf version)

 

Camellia Gala Day – Sunday 24th July 2016 from 11:00 to 15:00

Time: 11:00-15:00, Sunday 24th July 2016

Thanks to Anri Okukawa. Picture Copyright Arnaud Gits
Our model Anri Okukawa wearing a traditional Japanese kimono in Lisgar Garden

 -Free Admission
Purchase a French Crepe or bring your own picnic.  Hot drinks available for a gold coin donation. No ATM on site, bring Cash!

The Friends of Lisgar Gardens and Hornsby Council  invite you to our 21th edition of the Camellia Gala Day.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Stephen Utick, Secretary of Camellias Australia, International Camellia Society Director for Australia, Walter Hazlewood Award of Honour

> From 12:00 to 14:00, Camellia bloom identification: Bring along your camellia blooms for identification – for every confirmed identification a gold coin donation would be appreciated.

> From 14:00 to 15:00, The Formation and work for Camellia Ark Australia Incorporated and the importance of Lisgar Gardens in preserving rare/heritage camellias. Followed by a short walk to view some of the camellia gems of Lisgar Gardens.

Ikebana demonstration: Sandy Marker, Sogetsu Ikebana teacher, 2015 Norman and Mary Sparnon scholarship winner for Australia. Sogetsu Ikebana is a school of Japanese art of flower arrangement.

> From 11:00 to 12:00, Sandy Marker will offer a demonstration of Sogetsu Ikebana and a workshop.

Setting up a community garden: Tanya Mein

> From 12:00 to 12:30, embrace the chance to come together, as a community, to share knowledge, food, and develop friendships. Find out how to start a community garden in your area.

Origami Workshop: Hanae Bansemer, experienced Japanese Origami artist

> From 12:00 to 13:00, come and learn from Hanse about different origami techniques and styles.

Jazz session: Jim Jam Music,

> From 12:00 to 12:30, loose yourself in the beautiful Lisgar Garden and the fun activities while enjoying the wonderful Jazz music, brought to you by Jim Jam Music.

Composting, Tanya Mein,

> From 12:30 to 13:00, wondering about what to do with your garden and kitchen wastes? Welcome to the world of composting! Composting is a fun and easy way to recycle your garden and kitchen wastes, and it improves your garden soil, save spaces in your red and green bin, and it can also save you money! Come and learn composting from the expert.

Balcony gardening including worm farms, Tanya Mein,

> From 13:00 to 13:45, Discover how to successfully grow herbs, fruits, and vegetables in pots and learn how worm farms can keep your balcony garden healthy.

Note:

Accessible (lift/ inclinator) to wheelchairs and prams – available from 11:00 to 15:30

Proceeds to the Friends of Lisgar Gardens

Camellia Gala Day – Sunday 26th July 2015 from 11:00 to 15:00

Time: 11:00-15:00, Sunday 26th July 2015

Thanks to Anri Okukawa. Picture Copyright Arnaud Gits
Our model Anri Okukawa wearing a traditional Japanese kimono in Lisgar Garden

Free Admission.
Purchase a French Crepe or bring your own picnic.  Hot drinks available for a donation. No ATM on site, bring Cash!

The Friends of Lisgar Gardens and Hornsby Council  invite you to our 20th edition of the Camellia Gala Day.

Keynote Speaker: Dr Stephen Utick, Secretary of Camellias Australia, International Camellia Society Director for Australia, Walter Hazlewood Award of Honour
> From 11:30 to 12:00, Dr Stephen Utick will talk about rare camellias species

> From 12:00 to 12:30, Dr Stephen Utick will run a guided tour of Lisgar Gardens, focusing on rare Camellia species.

Guest Speaker: Jim Powell, Dip of Horticulture, Past President of Camellias Australia, National Camellia Champion.
> From 13:00 to 14:15, Jim Powell will explain how to grow, prune and propagate your camellias. You will be able to ask questions… and get answer from a Camellia specialist!

Ikebana demonstration: Sandy Marker, Sogetsu Ikebana teacher, 2015 Norman and Mary Sparnon scholarship winner for Australia. Sogetsu Ikebana is a school of Japanese art of flower arrangement.
> From 14:30 to 15:00, Sandy Marker will offer a demonstration of Sogetsu Ikebana.

Origami Workshop: Hanae Bansemer, experienced Japanese Origami artist
> From 12:30 to 13:00, Hanae Bransemer will run an Origami workshop. Learn how to create a camellia out of paper. Workshop suitable for kids and adults.

Botanical Cards and prints by botanical artist
Annie Hughes
 will be on sale

Accessible (lift/ inclinator) to wheelchairs and prams
Guessing Competition – win a camellia
Proceeds to the Friends of Lisgar Gardens

 

Teddy Bears’ Picnic 2015

A BIG THANK YOU to our wonderful entertainers who performed despite uncertain weather conditions, and to the 1017 visitors who attended! We had such a wonderful time looking at all this children’s smiling faces!

Pictures are sometimes better than words to describe the fun and friendly atmosphere on the Teddy Bears’ Picnic 2015 in Lisgar Gardens, Hornsby:

Note that all the pictures are copyrighted by their authors, Nilmini De Silva photography, Chloe Carter or Arno Gits.

 

 

Last Minute: a visitor, wishing to protect Ball_Circus_Akimbofrom the rain two yellow juggling balls belonging to Circus Akimbo,  has unfortunately taken them away. Please return them to Circus Akimbo, 5/65 Jersey Street, Hornsby NSW 2077.

See you in March 2016!

Teddy Bears’ Picnic 2015 at Lisgar Gardens

This much-loved popular event has taken place on Sunday 15th March 2015 from 11:00 to 15:00.

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is a free family friendly event.

For its 16th edition, the Teddy Bears’ Picnic presents a rich and diverse program for the whole family. Along with the much-loved parade of Teddys and carers, there will be many activities for kids and adults:

* Music :
Ukulele by the Hornsby BUGs
Hornsby North School band
Hornsby South School band
Pop music by Katherine Miller

* Move your body activities:
Zumba for kids (Zumba for kids with Katya)
Belly dancing for kids (Dance like an Egyptian)
Hula hoops performances (Spinjoy Hoop Dance)
Irish Dancing (Spreagadh Na Rince)
Limbo family competition
Circus ( Circus Akimbo)
Jumping rope

* Quiet activities:
Face painting (Colour Me Live)
Balloon twisting
Story telling
Teddy Health check (St John Ambulance Cadets)
Drawing and colouring competition
Guessing competition
Raffle

Activities - Places and hours

 

 

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic is proudly part of the Healthy Living Festival.

Families are invited to come with their picnic blanket and basket, there will be no food stall. Cordial, tea and coffee will be available for a gold coin donation. (There is no ATM in the garden.)

An inclinator / lift at the end of Lisgar Road facilitates access for disabled visitors and families with prams.

Parking near Lisgar Gardens, Hornsby NSWLisgar road is a no through road and parking space is VERY limited.

Parking is available on William street, behind the Odeon Cinema.

 

Coming by train? The entrance to Lisgar Gardens is 15 minutes walk (1300m) from Hornsby Station. At the station, take the exit on the right towards Hornsby West Side.  William street will then lead you to Lisgar Road, second street on your left.

Note that in case of rain, the event will be cancelled.

> Download the detailed program and forward it to your friends!

> Do you wish to advertise the Teddy Bear Picnic in your community group? Feel free to download the poster

> Interested in getting free updates directly in your email box?  Just click on the “Follow this blog” button on the left column!

 Volunteers

Do you find a free community event is something worth helping?  Assist us by volunteering 1 or 2 hour(s) on Sunday 15th March! There are a variety of tasks to perform and you can help from 9:00am to 4:00pm, depending on your schedule!

You are just 2 minutes and three easy steps away from becoming involved in this great day:    Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Partners

A BIG THANK YOU to the following companies / businesses / media for helping, advertising or sponsoring the 2015′ Teddy Bears’Picnic:

 

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2014 Lisgar Gardens Musical Afternoon

Time: From 12:30 – 3.30 pm, 2 November 2014

Admission: Public. Free. Bring your own picnic.

Are you an adult who enjoy an afternoon of free quality music? Watch this space for our fabulous upcoming event.

(For the entertainment of younger audience, please come on our Teddy Bear’s Picnic every March.)

 

Lisgar Gardens, upper gardens
Lisgar Gardens, upper gardens