Begonia Festival 2016

22 Mar 2016

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

My beautiful hometown has once again celebrated their annual Begonia Festival. It’s a spectacular flower and garden festival that has been running since 1953 and features Ballarat’s historic Botanic Gardens. It’s been visited by Queen Elizabeth II and features a whole range of awesome activities including a street parade. It dropped in popularity during the 90s, but its popularity is booming again.


@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

This year it took up the whole Botanic Gardens. There was a giant Lego begonia again, as well as roving musicians, craft and art activities, pop up sand pits, a tea house, a wine garden, and giant chess and checkers games.


I bumped into my friend Lovisa and her beautiful son and we hung out together for a while. He really wanted to play checkers so we did, and then we went and got ice cream and looked at the fish in the pond. Lovisa taught me some Swedish words. I learned how to say ‘fern’ in Swedish, mostly because I thought I was learning ‘triceratops’. Never mind. It was really fun and now I’m inspired to learn Swedish.


We walked through the green house (Swedish people call it a growth house), and we had tea in the tearooms. After checking out an awesome band we went for tea and I said goodbye to Lovisa and wandered around with my family.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

This blog post has a further Swedish flavour to it, because this Miss Patina top was a gift from my Instagram best friend, Mona. It was for my birthday last year, and it's almost my birthday again!  It's almost like an anniversary for getting this top as a present. Mona lives in Sweden (in a town which Lovisa has been teaching me to pronounce and warning me that it is very cold), and she sent me a voucher to buy this top after we started writing letters to one another last year. 

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

So to me, this year’s Begonia Festival has a distinctly Swedish flavour and it was wonderful.

Top: Miss Patina <3 from Mona
Skirt: Hi There by Karen Walker
Shoes: Forever New (Check out their full range of shoes at www.forevernew.com.au/shoes)
Photos: Goldfields Girl
Location: Begonia Festival


@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

You can see my previous outfits from the last 2 years of Begonia Festivals here and here.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

@findingfemme at the Ballarat Begonia Festival 2016 in Miss Patina and Karen Walker.

- L
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