Green thumbs from across Queensland and beyond will converge on the 33rd annual Queensland Garden Expo in July.
Event manager Marion Beazley says nearly 40,000 people and 360 exhibitors are expected to attend the three-day event, which will dig into all things gardening, landscaping and floristry.
“Over the past three decades, the expo has developed a significant following and has earnt its stripes as the gardening event with the largest and most comprehensive speaker program in Australia,” she says.
“This year’s program will feature more than 120 presentations and demonstrations across eight stages, with a range of industry experts getting behind the microphone to share their insights and tips.
“We’re delighted to have some well-known faces from Gardening Australia such as the popular Sophie Thomson and Michael McCoy, the presenter of the new ABC program Dream Gardens, joining the speaker line-up as well as various home-grown experts from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.”
Beazley says a team of gardening professionals will be on hand throughout the expo to answer attendees’ questions and offer free, personalised advice.
“Whether you’re seeking treatment tips for a sick plant, want help on how to make your garden blossom, or simply wish to identify an unknown plant in your garden, our free plant clinic is the place to go for guidance.
“We’ll also have numerous experienced landscapers on hand to discuss current trends and outdoor design solutions.
“As always, a number of beautifully landscaped gardens will be on display to inspire attendees about the endless possibilities for their backyard space. Landscapers have less than a week to create a beautiful garden on a small patch of lawn and the results are truly inspirational.”
The festival will also feature a totally organic food court in the Giant Organic Kitchen Garden; a Living Backyard to demonstrate how to preserve and enhance native flora and fauna; and expert advice from chefs for foodies at the Gourmet Garden Stage.
The 2017 Queensland Garden Expo will be held at the Nambour Showgrounds (Coronation Avenue, Nambour) from Friday 7 July to Sunday 9 July. For tickets, visit qldgardenexpo.com.au.