Join us at Spring Bay Mill for a beautiful Sunflower Celebration and enjoy a day of workshops, experiences and trails around the site, celebrate sustainable gardening, fresh produce and wellbeing. Tino Carnevale from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program is our guest on the day!

Create your own Edible Bouquet with Silvertree Botanics (pre-purchase tickets with your festival booking online here); register your free 20-minute Hypnapod experience by visiting the Tin Shed on the day; join a yoga session at the Banksia Room with The Sam Project and much more. Bring your own keep cup and receive a free bag of sunflower seeds.

Bringing a splash of art, music, food and a garden bar, it’s sure to be a day of discovery and delight!

Guests are welcome to BYO a picnic rug. Car parking onsite + shuttle bus available to festival areas.

Download a map and program.


Tino Carnelvale joins us throughout the day to share his skills and knowledge on gardening. Born and bred in Tasmania, Tino’s lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family’s small vineyard and olive grove. He studied landscape design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has an Associate Diploma in Horticulture. As well as being a presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program, Tino teaches gardening skills to both adults and children.

Practical Farming

Join Tino Carnevale and Marcus Ragus and discover the secrets behind The Mills unique organic garden, Paddy’s Paddock. Built in a paddock and a little over a year old, it has risen quickly into a productive patch that supplies The Mill and the local community with fresh produce. As a fully organic field it uses a multitude of organic techniques to manage the production of fruits and vegetables. It is a wonderful example that can be easily replicated on a smaller scale in most domestic gardens. Join in for a truly orgasmic garden experience investigating the techniques, concepts, ideas and fun times that have made the garden what it is. Marcus Ragus is lead horticulturalist at The Mill and has an extensive horticultural background of more than 40 years. He is a well-known horticultural consultant, engaging presenter and teacher.

Paddy’s Paddock: 11:15-11:45am and 1:30-2pm

Composting to worm towers

Come on a journey discovering the many composting techniques used in Paddy’s organic field. See deep litter mulching in action, haystack compost heaps, no-dig pumpkin compost mounds, garden bed recycling and how to build your own worm tower. A not to be missed experience for all those interested in recycling, organics and fresh food production.

Composting @ Paddy’s Paddock: 10.30-11.15am and 3-4pm
Worm Towers @ Paddy’s Paddock: 1-1:30pm and 4-4:30pm

Workshop Information

Silvertree Botanics: Edible Bouquet Workshop

Join us for an Edible Bouquet Workshop and learn how to create your very own edible bouquet. Family fun exploring the community garden where we will get to forage for edible delights, florals and foliage. Silvertree will share with you tips and tricks on how to care for and prepare your florals while demonstrating the fundamentals of creating a beautiful and balanced bouquet.

The Nursery: 2-2:45pm and 3-3:34pm


Hypnapod is an experimental art and design project that aims to reveal interconnections between the hearts of people of all ages, cultures, sizes and abilities. The aim is to investigate somatic connections between people – how living beings synchronise behaviour through non-verbal biological processes they may not be aware of, such as entrainment.

The Tin Shed: Register your 20 minute session on the day.

Emily Sanzaro, harpist

Emily Sanzaro has an extensive repertoire on both the harp and the violin.  Based in Tasmania, she loves to experiment on her own compositions and improvisations with sounds through her effects, looping and amplification units.  Of course the classics from such composers as Bach, Handel and Pachelbel are timeless but even the most unlikely seeming music can sound great on the harp, from Radiohead or Coldplay to Metallica.

Banksia Terrace: 11:30am-12:15pm; 1:15-2pm and 3-3:45pm

Art Mind Flow

Art Mind Flow is run by art therapist Anna de Little. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Psychology (University of Tasmania) and a Masters of Art Therapy (La Trobe University, VIC). Anna provides a friendly, encouraging space where struggles and hopes are explored using art-making such as drawing, painting and sculpture.

Paddy’s Paddock: 11am-1:30pm and 2-4pm

Food Demo with the Pantry Practitioner

Jillaine Williams has a bachelor of health science in nutritional medicine and joins us down at Paddy’s Paddock to give us some ideas for turning our fresh produce into simple, delicious and nourishing fare. Jillian shares and educates in the wise traditions in food, farming and the healing arts. She is the author of the Low Thiol Recipe Book (available soon) and a practitioner of Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS).

Paddy’s Paddock: 12-1pm and 2.15-3:15pm.

Orford Community Group: Wax Wraps

Make your own Beeswax Wrap or purchase ready-made from the Orford Community Group. Beeswax wraps are a reusable, washable and sustainable alternative to single use plastics and cling wrap. Also for sale are recycled material shopping bags made by group volunteers.

Banksia Room: 12-1pm and 3:15-4:15pm

TMAG: Meet A Scientist

Ask questions and have a chat with a scientist! The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) Expedition of Discovery team provide an amazing service for the community. Spring Bay Mill is very proud to support this marvellous initiative. This is a great chance for children and adults alike to engage and learn about the plants and creatures that live in the neighbourhood! The scientists from TMAG are excited to share with you what they have discovered at the site so far…

Visit the stand at Paddy’s Paddock.

BE Pure Honey Tasmania

BE Pure Honey Tasmania is run by Debora and Robert Bryan, they are advocates for bees, biodiversity, community gardens and sustainability. For all things bees, including plants and honey, drop by their stall and have a look, a taste, and a chat.

Visit the stand at Paddy’s Paddock.

Great Eastern Clean Up 2020

Great Eastern Clean Up 2018 was a massive success with 200 volunteers removing hundreds of bags of litter and marine debris from our coast. The Clean Up is on again this year and everyone’s help is needed. Glamorgan Spring Bay Council’s, Natural Resource Management team, will be at Paddy’s Paddock with all the details about the 2020 Clean Up as well as information about marine debris, and how you can help protect our shorebirds and coastal environment.

Visit the stand at Paddy’s Paddock.

East Coast and Maria Island Nature Detective

Come and investigate the ‘East Coast and Maria Island Nature Table’ with Parks and Wildlife Discovery Ranger Darroch. There will be an informal Q & A and many mystery objects to touch and feel!  Feeling Crabby? Don’t be a hermit! Rock-up and mussel in with Discovery Ranger Darroch on a beach rove at Spring Bay Mill. Find and learn all about the strange and beautiful sea creatures that live between the tides. All ages welcome!

Visit the stand at Paddy’s Paddock.

Guided Walks

Find out more about the site and join us for a guided walk.

Horticulture Walk

Wander the natural and landscaped areas of Spring Bay Mill with one of Tasmania’s most creative horticulturists Marcus Ragus. As lead horticultural consultant, Marcus will provide a unique behind the scenes journey through the natural and newly landscaped areas of the site. His entertaining and engaging style will really open-up your thinking, sparking your imagination, as you journey through the amazing features and landscapes of this once industrial site.

Leaving from the Banksia Room: 12-12:45pm and 2.15-3pm

NITA Education: Bush Food Walk

Tasmania/lutruwita/trowerna has a human history stretching back more than 50,000 years, spanning at least two ice ages and more than 2000 generations. Today’s palawa/pakana people continue to practice many cultural traditions and are proud to share their history and heritage with all people from all ages.  Join NITA Education and discover the local bush food.

Leaving from the Banksia Room: 1:45-2:30pm and 3:30-4:15pm

Epilepsy Tasmania: Walk & Talk

Visit the Epilepsy Tasmania stand and make a kite from recycled and found materials, lots of fun for all! Register at the stand and join them for their casual ‘Walk and Talk’ sessions – as experienced on their popular walk from Government House to Hobart City.

Walk and Talk, register at Paddy’s Paddock: 12-12:30pm; 1:30-2pm; 3-3:30pm

The Sam Project: Yoga & Walk

The Sam Project is founded and funded by Scott and Florence Harrod. The couple decided four years ago they wanted to make a contribution to the wellbeing of the Australian people.  Whilst their mission statement is to ‘positively impact all Australians to live a mentally and physically healthy life’, their focus is to see a reduction in the incidence of mental illness through early prevention rather than treatment. Over the last three years they have travelled Australia in their expedition truck, Sam, offering education talks to schools, businesses and communities. They also provide yoga, meditation, exercise classes, which are some of the pillars of people’s wellbeing.

Walks from Paddy’s Paddock (16 people per group): 12:30-1:10pm and 3:30-4:10pm.
Yoga at the Banksia Room (12 people per session): 11-11:40am and 2-2:40pm

Industrial History Walk

Join Spring Bay Mill, General Manager, Robbie Williams for an informative tour and learn about the industrial history of the site.

Leaves from the Tin Shed: 12-12.30pm; 1-1:30pm

Food & drink

We have a selection of food and beverage stalls around the site for you to enjoy.

Sunflower Celebration is proudly supported by:





  • No dogs permitted onsite (Guide/assistant dogs are of course permitted onsite).
  • Spring Bay Mill is a non-smoking site.
  • Please bring cash in case of any technical mishaps with our eftpos.
  • Please wear study shoes around the site.

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