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Sunday, June 11, 2006

Sydney Flower Market, Flemington

roses closeup

We visited the Sydney Flower Markets bright and early yesterday morning. It may not have been quite as impressive as the flower markets of Europe, but there was still an infectious buzz as customers inspected a rainbow of competitively-priced roses, gerberas, natives and other flowers. It was a crisp chilly morning with only giant flourescents overhead illuminating the cavernous shed at Flemington.

 Flemington flower markets

roses
Roses

gerberas
Gerberas

cacti
Cacti

rose bunches

Sydney Flower Market
Building F, Sydney Markets
Austin Avenue (off Centenary Drive), Flemington, Sydney

Tel: +61 (02) 9325 6200

Open Monday to Saturday, 5am -11am. To see the Sydney Flower Market at it's best, aim to visit before 8am.

Entry to Sydney Markets is $8.00 per vehicle Monday to Friday. There is no entry fee on Saturday.


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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 6/11/2006 01:30:00 pm


14 Comments:

  • At 6/12/2006 7:55 am, Blogger jenjen said…

    Oh I love going to the Flower Markets! Last time I went, I was getting flowers for a film shoot and everyone was so lovely and helpful, it must be all the nice flowers.

    I ended up getting about 40 bunches for under $100.. bargain!

     
  • At 6/13/2006 3:45 pm, Blogger deborah said…

    love the flower markets too. did you see any edible flowers? must try to wake up early one saturday and head there... i've been so lazy with markets this year... opting to sleep in instead ;)

     
  • At 6/13/2006 10:48 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi jenjen - Wow that is a bargain. Someone I know was mentioning that their friend did their own bridal arrangements by buying up here.

    Hi saffron - I saw bags of petals but I'm not sure if they were edible or not. I didn't think to ask =) And re: getting up early - that's what nana naps are for. I crashed out when I got home (most posts to come on our big day out).

     
  • At 6/14/2006 8:59 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Such pretty pictures. What a shame the baby pineapples did not turn out.

    I was a little disappointed with what was on offer at 8am. Was expecting a big romantic scene like the one from Notting Hill.

    Next time, we need to be hardcore and get there at 5am.

     
  • At 6/14/2006 12:43 pm, Blogger Reb said…

    awwwww ... SO pretty! I think you better leave the 5am til warmer spring or summer! :)

     
  • At 6/14/2006 11:07 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Veruca - Methinks the public markets aren't very big. And even Notting Hill markets in real life weren't as spectacular as that scene from the movie! I was soooooo disappointed =)

    Hi Reb - Yep the flowers were pretty. And huh, 5am? You've got to be kidding!

     
  • At 8/14/2007 11:23 pm, Anonymous mike- flower grower said…

    how about a market report on what has been sold on the flower market, you need product to draw people, lets see what is for offer!

     
  • At 10/11/2007 11:29 am, Anonymous dominique said…

    the flower markets are amazing, i went for the first time the other weekend after a sleep in and was amazed there was still stock left! if I was buying in bulk I think i'd need to go a lot earlier though!

    It's like heaven on earth, the plethora of colours and varieties.. incredible!

     
  • At 10/13/2007 2:12 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Mike - Not sure what you mean, perhaps you're talking about the official Flemington website offering more information?

    Hi Dominique - It's quite an adventure isn't it? The colours are amazing and I love the convivial atmosphere of the markets too :)

     
  • At 2/05/2009 3:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The pics are beautiful. I am going this saturday 5am sharp!! How much were the roses?

     
  • At 2/05/2009 6:24 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anon - I last went here in 2006 so I'm not up-to-date on the prices. I'm sure you'll find some amazingly fresh roses at very competitive prices though. Happy shopping!

     
  • At 7/17/2010 9:36 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The markets are awesome, I work there and love the culture! The prices are pretty reasonable but be aware that the best flowers are there on Mondays and the worst on saturdays.....

     
  • At 7/25/2010 5:40 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Anon - I love visiting market - they're always so full of energy and colour. Thanks for the tip about the flower deliveries too - one to keep in mind!

     
  • At 12/12/2011 7:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I just did a 5:30am Monday run, and it was quite the exciting experience :) Best bit was the flowers - worst bit was figuring out where to park and dodging trucks/pickups etc :( Now I know - straight to the rooftop!

    I was after proper fresh roses - picked up a bunch of 70cm's for $12, a 40cm for $8, and a small "novelty bunch" (20cm?) for $3.50. The good medium-to-long roses will cost you about $8-$12, if it's $7 or below the roses will be a bit old, or plucked. These are standard roses, mind you - did some some lovely antiques and spray roses around but didn't find out how much they were. Small bunches, 20cm, will cost between $3-5, with the better quality at the high end. Peonys were going for about $12. There were also some AWESOME dyed roses (blue, purple and yellow, purple and pink, multicoloured... how do they do it?!?!!), probably about $10 a bunch.

    My advice is to walk around for a bit to get a feel for where the better quality roses are. Take a big bag with you - quite a lot of people going around with trolleys!

     

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