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QLD Garden Expo sows seeds of inspiration

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QLD Garden Expo sows seeds of inspiration

‘Gardeners’ paradise’ offers four days of speakers and exhibits.

A plethora of surprises are in store for the 40th anniversary of one of the Sunshine Coast’s premier events from today.

With more than seven hectares of garden inspiration, 50,000 plants on sale each day and Australia’s largest gardening speaker program, the Queensland Garden Expo will transform the Nambour Showgrounds into a gardeners’ paradise from now until July 7.

Event manager Marion Beazley says the 40-year celebrations include an expanded event program from three to four days, offering visitors even more opportunity to gather ideas, learn new techniques and purchase from more than 360 exhibitors.

At this year’s expo, gardening coach Kate Wall will share her wealth of knowledge on microclimates, growing and using herbs, choosing the right tree for a small garden, dealing with weeds without poison and preparing your garden for extreme weather.

The popular Poultry Spectacular will return, and with it comes the introduction of the expo’s inaugural Crowing Competition where entrants will deliver their best rooster impression, as voted by the crowd.

Gardening gurus such as Jerry Coleby-Williams, Costa Georgiadis, Sophie Thomson, Phil Dudman, Millie Ross and Claire Bickle will be part of this year’s extended speaker program.

The event runs from July 4 to 7, with gates open from 8am to 4pm daily. For the full program and to buy tickets, visit qldgardenexpo.com.au.

FAST FACTS

  • Four-day event from July 4 to 7
  • 40th anniversary event
  • 40,000-plus attendees
  • more than seven hectares of gardening inspiration
  • 360-plus exhibitors and displays, including 55 nurseries
  • 150-plus free lectures and demonstrations
  • six live speaker stages
  • 50,000 plants for sale each day.

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