Queensland’s premier gardening event and the biggest annual event on the Sunshine Coast
|The Queensland Garden Expo is one of Australia’s most-loved gardening events, attracting the country’s gardening royalty to the speaker program, more than 40,000 visitors through the gates and injecting more than $10 million into the Sunshine Coast economy each year.|
This year the award-winning, three-day event will open its gates on 8 July when more than 360 exhibitors will have everything gardening-related on offer, including one of the largest ranges of plants visitors are likely to see in one place in Queensland.
Event Chairman, Simon Smith said that they were looking forward to welcoming back many of the regular interstate gardening presenters, exhibitors and visitors who have not been able to attend the event over 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,” Mr Smith said.
Event Manager Marion Beazley said the event will once again host Australia’s biggest gardening speaker program including favourites such as Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis, Sophie Thomson and Jerry Coleby-Williams and regulars Phil Dudman ‘The Garden Guru’, Claire Bickle, Kate Wall and many more.
“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 3-day speaker program and by chatting directly to our growers representing the many nurseries exhibiting at the event,” Ms Beazley 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.
“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 once again celebrate organic gardening and permaculture in the 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.
“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 2022 Queensland Garden Expo will be held from 8-10 July at the Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour.
To find out more and purchase tickets online, please visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au.
Three-day event from 8-10 July
65% visitation from outside the Sunshine Coast
More than 7 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