Fabulous Family Fun - Father's Day at Piccoli's

Published on 14 August 2019

For the fifth year running, John Piccoli will generously open his garden and outdoor gallery for a fantastic Father’s Day celebration. With entry at half price and children under 16 free, the beautifully manicured lawns of Star Spanner Sculpture Gardens will be open from 11am on Sunday September 1st.

“It’s a fantastic day,” says Boort local, Paul Haw. “John’s garden is just magic and this is the perfect event for families to get together, enjoy the day and see John’s incredible spanner sculptures.”

As an added bonus, this year sees author and horticulturist, Kevin Walsh, appearing as a special guest. Kevin’s best-selling book Waterwise Plants and Gardening was the first of its kind in Australia and has been in print for over 25 years.  With over 30 years’ experience in horticulture, Kevin has worked in nurseries and parks planning and has won National awards in his field. Appearing as an expert on ABC Radio Bendigo’s Gardener’s Talkback for over 15 years, Kevin will be available for questions on the day.

The annual event includes a barbeque and afternoon tea, and refreshments will be available all day. Face painting and a jumping castle provides added fun for the kids, and families are welcome to bring their own picnic along and sit amongst the sculptures, flora and fauna. 

“John has created over 50 sculptures made of farm spanners,” Paul says. “The largest is a full-size Clydesdale pulling a wagon, and the tallest is made from 3500 spanners. As well as the sculptures, there are beautiful birds – like the macaws – that the kids just love, and over two acres of garden to relax in.”

“This is a great chance to come along and see everything John has created, and enjoy a great family day out at the same time.”

Adults $5 and children under 16 are free.

For more information or to obtain a Naturally Loddon 2019 Spring Calendar, phone the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 3489, email loddonvisitorinformation@loddon.vic.gov.au or visit www.loddon.vic.gov.au