Queensland Garden Expo – everything is rosy! – See the Sunshine Coast news
Excitement is building for this year’s Queensland Garden Expo which opens its doors to thousands of gardeners this Friday, offering both green thumbs and beginners on seven inspiring acres, with over 60,000 plants on sale every day and Australia’s largest gardening speaker program across the three-day event.
Queensland Garden Expo Event manager Marion Beazley said she was delighted the 2021 event was not hampered by COVID restrictions and looked forward to welcoming gardening enthusiasts from far and near to the ‘Expo from July 9 to 11.
“The response from our supporters and gardening enthusiasts who have come to love the Queensland Garden Expo over our 37 year history, has been overwhelming and we look forward to opening the doors on Friday morning to welcome them,” Ms. Beazley mentioned.
“Gardening has only grown in popularity in the past 12-18 months with over 2.2 billion plants produced and sold in Australia in 2019-2020. gardening and still finding their marks. We are celebrating gardeners old and new in 2021 after an extraordinary year for the industry.
“Our goal has always been to share the benefits of gardening and last year people turned to their gardens for a variety of reasons: to relax and enjoy the fresh air, to grow their own fruits and vegetables, to hang out. with friends. and the family in a safe environment and to create a wonderful haven of peace at home at a time when travel is restricted due to the pandemic.
“Whatever the reason, we are delighted that more and more people are spending time in their gardens and we look forward to welcoming a multitude of new visitors to this year’s Expo.
“What sets this event apart from many others is visitors’ access to growers who can offer them the best advice on how to make their plants thrive. We also have the largest speaker program with some of Australia’s top garden experts sharing their knowledge by delivering over 100 presentations on all 10 stages live.
“The expertise we have on site is unmatched with crowd favorites such as ABC Gardening Australia guru Jerry Coleby-Williams as well as event favorites Phil Dudman, Adam Woodhams, Dr Kevin Redd and Claire Bickle.
“Whether you want to learn more about raising chickens in your backyard, growing your own vegetables successfully, attracting native bees, managing fruit flies, or how to grow and get the most out of the crop. turmeric, there is something on the program for everyone. “
Recent COVID-related restrictions across the country have prevented a few high-profile Expo speakers from traveling unable to travel, but with more than 40 speakers on the schedule, visitors can still expect a roster. impressive experts sharing their wealth of knowledge.
This will be the 36th Queensland Garden Expo and the event has grown from a modest crowd of 300 in 1984 to over 350 exhibitors today which attract tens of thousands of people. The event has become a must-see for families, especially since children under the age of 15 are free and the extensive program of children’s activities is offered, including crafts sessions for children, planting of seeds and the free playground with a giant slide, a jump pad and a merry-go-round. .
Preparations for the award-winning event have been well underway for over a week with the Giant Kitchen Garden taking shape thanks to dozens of volunteers from gardening and permaculture groups across the Sunshine Coast.
One of the Expo’s most popular spaces, the Giant Kitchen Garden incorporates a fully planted sustainable garden built on site, hosts a full program of lectures, demonstrations and workshops, and features a host of permaculture experts and in organic gardening to answer all questions.
The temporary infrastructure brought to the Parc des Expositions de Nambour to host the Expo includes more than 3,500 m² of marquees erected on site.
“We are delighted to be working again with a range of event providers to help us run such a professional event – and especially at a time when many of our event providers have been going through a very difficult year,” said Mrs. Beazley.
“The event injects between $ 8 and 11 million into the local Sunshine Coast community each year, so the impact on our local economy is significant.”
Sunshine Coast Major Events Board Vice Chair Brenda LaPorte said the impact of an event like the Queensland Garden Expo could not be underestimated.
“About 65% of the people who attend the Queensland Garden Expo each year are visitors from the Sunshine Coast, which represents a significant economic benefit to the region. This benefit extends not only to the exhibitors of the event but well beyond the Parc des Expositions de Nambour, including accommodation providers, restaurants, our tourist attractions, retail and any suppliers that support these businesses.
“Interest has been impressive this year with around 65 bus tours organized to bring visitors to the event.
“Our events industry has been hit hard by the COVID restrictions and we are delighted that the Queensland Garden Expo has been able to welcome visitors again this year. Kudos to Marion and her team for the resilience they’ve shown and the outstanding job they do in hosting the Sunshine Coast’s biggest annual event.
The event will see 350 exhibitors – including dozens of nurseries with over 60,000 plants for sale each day – from July 9 to 11 at the Nambour Showgrounds. Tickets cost $ 20 for adults, while children under 15 are free.
For more information visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au.