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Growing excitement: what’s new as our gardening showcase returns

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Growing excitement: what’s new as our gardening showcase returns


Biggest names in gardening to be among tens of thousands to attend our 2022 showcase

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One of Australia’s most loved gardening events is set to attract more than 40,000 people, including gardening royalty.

The Queensland Garden Expo, to be held at Nambour Showgrounds from July 8 to July 10, is expected to inject more than $10 million into the local economy.

The award-winning event will boast more than 360 exhibitors and it will include one of the largest ranges of plants that people are likely to see at one place in Queensland.Event chairman Simon Smith said organisers were looking forward to welcoming interstate gardening presenters, exhibitors and visitors, who had been unable to attend the event during the past two years. “There is a real excitement building and we are sure that garden lovers will come out in force to take advantage of all the information and huge range of gardening products on display,” he said.

Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis will be at the expo.

Event manager Marion Beazley said the event would host Australia’s biggest gardening speaker program.

Ms Beazley said this would include many favourites such as Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, Sophie Thomson and Jerry Coleby-Williams and regulars Phil Dudman, Claire Bickle and Kate Wall.“What makes our event so unique in gardening circles is that expo visitors have access to the best gardening minds in the country, both through the extensive three-day speaker program and by chatting directly to our growers representing the many nurseries exhibiting at the event,” she said.“We have seen interest in gardening explode during the pandemic. People have taken to their gardens to grow their own food and to create a wonderful space to relax.

“We don’t see that slowing down as many have found a passion for gardening they never knew they had.

“Our young gardeners haven’t been forgotten about, with lots of activities and workshops on offer to start them on their gardening journey.

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“The Queensland Garden Expo provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about all aspects of gardening and for those without a back yard, keeping indoor plants is catered for too.

“The benefits of having live plants in your home have long been known and in the past couple of years, indoor plants have boomed in popularity.“And if you’re having any trouble, one of our most popular stands is the Plant Clinic where visitors can ask any question, from bringing in leaves or photos for identification, to getting free advice related to your garden or indoor plants.”The event will celebrate organic gardening and permaculture in a Giant Kitchen Garden, which is a collaboration of many gardening and permaculture groups from across the region, coming together to help create a piece of gardening paradise.

“This event really brings the community together but it also has a massive impact on our local economy given around 65 per cent of our visitors travel from outside the region,” Ms Beazley said.

There’s an array of plants and flowers on display at the expo.

“This results in an economic impact of more than $10 million benefiting a diverse range of businesses and the many community organisation involved in the event from across the Sunshine Coast.“The event appeals to everyone from the most experienced green thumbs to absolute beginners.

“There is something for all ages, with entry free for kids aged 15 and under and a giant kid’s playground to keep them entertained.”The expo will be held from July 8-10 at the Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour. To find out more and purchase tickets online, please visit Queensland Garden Expo. 

Large crowds are expected to the three-day event.

Expo facts

  • Three-day event from July 8-10.
  • 40,000-plus attendees.
  • 65 per cent visitation from outside the Sunshine Coast.
  • More than seven hectares of gardening inspiration.
  • 360-plus exhibitors and displays, including 55 nurseries.
  • 100-plus free lectures and demonstrations.
  • 8 live speaker stages.
  • 60,000 plants for sale each day.
  • More than $10m injected into the local economy.

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