THE rain has finally eased, the sun has come out and the garden will need some extra TLC.
But so do you, the guardian of the garden.
And the upcoming Queensland Garden Expo in Nambour is the perfect opportunity for some ‘me’ time and to recharge your green-thumb batteries.
The garden expo is probably Australia’s most highly regarded horticultural extravaganza, and this year it’s back to its bloomin’ best, after a couple of years of COVID disruptions.
Held at the Nambour Showgrounds on July 8, 9 and 10, the garden expo will showcase the biggest range of plants you are likely to see anywhere in Queensland in one location.
There are dozens of commercial nurseries and plant growers setting up stalls, and the nursery experts will be more than happy share with you the best way to care for your plants once you get them home.
The expo will again feature some of Australia’s leading gardening experts with an exciting program of lectures, demonstrations, and workshops over the three days.
And the list is impressive. Jerry Coleby-Williams, Sophie Thomson, Phil Dudman, Millie Ross, Claire Bickle, Arno King and the ever-entertaining – and hairy – Costa Georgiadis… just to name a few.
But wait, some of our local horticultural, gardening and environmental locals will also be part of the action.
These include Spencer Shaw from Forest Heart Nursery in Maleny; local indigenous cultural educator Lyndon Davis; and Morag Gamble the permaculture guru from Conondale.
Then there’s the kids corner, the kitchen garden, the plant clinic, the floral design display, and the landscape garden display.
In the ‘The Living Backyard’ zone, you’ll find all the information you need to turn your garden into a wildlife haven, with Barung Landcare being one of the key groups involved.
Call in and say hello to some of our local businesses set up in the exhibitors’ area, including:
• Glenview Turf
• Hedging and Screening
• Hum Honey
• Kenilworth Dairies
• Mellum Creek Nursery
• Red Fox Orchids
• Suncoast Water Gardens
• Sunshine Coast Council (weeds and feral animals)
• Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery
The Queensland Garden Expo is on July 8-10 with 60,000 plants on sale each day and plenty of activities for all ages. Tickets are $20 for adults with children under 15 free.
For more information, visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au