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Gelli printing workshop at Camellia Gala Day Sunday 28th July

The Friends of Lisgar Garden invite you to:

A nature-themed Monoprinting workshop,
with artist and printmaker Michelle Mabbott.

The art workshops have two time spots: 11.00 – 12.30 and 2.00 – 3.30.
The art workshops will involve Gelli printing cards/envelopes; plus there will be colour-in sheets. Each session is 15-20 minutes long and a donation to cover the cost of materials – $2, $1, 50c. You will have the pleasure to bring back home a Gelli printing artwork.

The workshop consists of an introduction on Gelatine Plate Printmaking, Monoprinting and Ghost Prints. Then the guests are invited to collect natural materials for printing, within Lisgar Garden.

Gelatine Plate Monoprinting without a printing press is an easy and immensely productive artform for all children and adults to enjoy.

This workshop encourages artistic creativity and an appreciation for nature combined. Simple materials give unique and satisfying results.

The process is immediate, with room for personal challenge and improvement to the prints produced.

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
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



> 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.

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

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.

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


> 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)


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

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.

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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


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


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