The who’s who of the gardening community are coming together for this special event.

Garden enthusiasts from across Queensland will have the chance to have thier green thumbs sharpened by some of the best horticulturalists in the business.

Gardening Australia presenters Costa Georgiadis and Jerry Coleby-Williams are just some of the high profile gardening experts set to take to the stage at the 2014  Queensland Garden Expo, Costa-Georgiadis-2-(2)to be held from 11 July to 13 July at the Nambour Showgrounds.

Queensland Garden Expo Event Manager Marion Beazley said this year’s expo program was shaping up to be one of the best yet, with more than 20 presenters having already joined the speaker line-up.

“We’re lucky enough to have Jerry Coleby-Williams joining us on all three days of the expo this year, and expect his presentations regarding seed saver techniques and how organic food production can supplement your diet will be a real standout,”she says. “Costa is also a firm favourite at the expo — the crowds love his passion and his holistic approach to gardening and he will make several appearances on Expo Centre Stage on Saturday and Sunday and in the Kitchen Garden presenting his informative and entertaining ‘garden ramble’.”

Ms Beazley said aside from Mr Coleby-Williams and Mr Georgiadis, the 2014 expo would also welcome fellow Gardening Australia presenter Angus Stewart, ABC Radio Host Annette McFarlane, Phil ‘The Garden Guru’ Dudman, New Zealand floral designer and teacher Francine Thomas, home garden coach and author Anne Gibson and horticultural experts Clair Levander, Claire Bickle and Noel Burdette to name but a few.

“It’s a real coup to have such an impressive speaker line-up locked in and we’re looking forward to releasing the full event program in the coming weeks.”

Ms Beazley said this year’s presentations would cover everything from DIY worm farming and rearing chickens in the backyard, right through to growing roses and pruning hedges.

“Other popular topics also include building a ‘no dig’ garden, micro-gardening and growing healthy seedlings and propagating from cuttings,” she says. “We’ll also be welcoming a large number of local presenters including Buderim-based author and herb and cottage garden expert Barb Wickes, who will join horticulturist Janece Drake in presenting about the basics of using herbs in the kitchen.”

The Expo will host presentations across eight live stages, offering three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops and Ms Beazley said the event program would cater for all types of gardeners, regardless of their age or experience level.

“Whether you’re a gardening novice or a seasoned grower, there’s something to suit everyone on this year’s program,” she says.“The standard has been set so high in previous years that we really needed to pull out all the stops and bring the most talented and entertaining range of industry professionals to this year’s event.

“Considering this will be the Expo’s 30th anniversary, we felt it crucial to deliver a program fitting of such a significant milestone.”

More than 35,000 visitors were expected to come through the Queensland Garden Expo gates this year and participate in what is one of Queensland’s longest running and most well-known events.

The Queensland Garden Expo is held at the Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour on the Sunshine Coast.  For more information and to access the full program once released, please visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au