2014 marks 30 years of the Queensland Garden Expo. What began in 1985 as a small exhibition with only 300 visitors now attracts over 35,000 people from across Australia and New Zealand.

The Nambour Showgrounds will once again become a gardener’s dream when the Queensland Garden Expo comes to town. From July 11-13, gardening enthusiasts will be able to enjoy over 125 free lectures and demonstrations and more than 360 displays and events.

Queensland Garden Expo Event Manager Marion Beazley believes the event has something for everyone, whether they’re a newbie or a seasoned pro.

“People of all ages and skill levels flock to the Expo and it’s not only to stock up on plants – the majority come to get gardening advice and to improve their gardening skills thanks to the interactive nature of the event and the wealth of knowledge on offer across the speakers and exhibitors,” Ms Beazley says. “The event also provides access to the latest in gardening equipment and accessories as well as the much-anticipated release of new plant varieties which has people queuing down the road on the opening day.”

This year the focus of the Expo is on sustainability and Ms Beazley hopes they will be able to recycle most of what is used to create the Expo.

“Everyone with a disposable coffee cup will be encouraged to claim a handful of soil and free plant to make good use of the paper cups.  It’s about engaging visitors, getting them excited about gardening and creating a fun environment for a great family day out.”

Attractions at the Expo will include:

  • The Giant Kitchen Garden- a totally organic food court and a place to listen to a number of free lectures on creating a sustainable garden
  • Free Plant Clinic- if you have a sick plant or have some questions, bring them along to the clinic where a gardening expert will offer advice
  • Landscape Garden Displays- each year local landscapers are given an empt area to create beautiful gardens
  • Gardeners and Gourmets Celebrity Dinner- a chance to mingle with famous gardening experts and presenters. Tickets are available at http://www.qldgardenexpo.com.au/buy-tickets
  • Colin Campbell Gumboot Auction- to commemorate the gardener extraordinaire, gumboots designed by local celebrities are up for auction with all proceeds going towards community gardening projects

EVENT INFO

When: 11-13 July 2014
Where: Nambour Showgrounds on Coronation Avenue
Times: Gates open at 8am and close 5pm Friday and Saturday and 4pm Sunday
For more information, including ticket prices, visit the Queensland Garden Expo website