Queensland's three day top-shelf gardening event is about to hit our 'beds' again in 2019. The Queensland Garden Expo 2019 is an absolute 'must see and do' for those with green thumbs, as well as for those (like me) who are still a bit on the green side with regards gardening protocol.
The premier Queensland Garden Expo is celebrating its 35th year in 2019 and attracts avid gardeners like bees to honey, boasting more than 40,000 Australian and New Zealand visitors every year.
Bookmark a three-day weekend of all things 'green'
With more than one hundred free talks, lectures and demonstrations on eight different 'live' stages every day, the Queensland Garden Expo is the place to go for gardening advice, information and ideas. See the full 2019 Queensland Garden Expo programme here, to ensure you can plan your weekend in advance and not miss out on any exciting events or celebrities.
Free Plant Clinic
Having problems with grubs getting into your lawn at home? I know we have had our fair share of them ... or, perhaps you're wondering why your vegetables aren't flourishing? A dedicated team of gardening experts will be on hand at the free Plant Clinic to help visitors with gardening problems, gardening advice and to answer your garden-related questions.
Fifty-five nurseries have already booked their sites for the 2019 Queensland Garden Expo and will showcase the biggest range of plants one is likely to see in Queensland in any one location. All nursery owners are experts in their field and will be thrilled to share their inside knowledge with you on how to take care of your plants once you get them home.
The bulk of the nurseries will be in the undercover pavilions, with a few spread out on the oval. Be sure to stop by at any one of these nurseries for recommendations on what would suit your garden at home.
Inspirational ideas are to be found at Landscape Garden Displays
Looking for some great ideas on what to do at home in the garden? Then the Garden Expo Landscape designs are always full of inspirational ideas for avid gardeners to take home to incorporate into home garden designs. The expert landscapers are also on hand every day of the Queensland Garden Expo with advice to help gardeners create their very own garden paradise.
The Reflection Gardens at the Queensland Garden Expo are a series of small display gardens, reflecting current trends and inspiring great ideas to incorporate into home gardens. The theme for 2018 was 'A Splash of Purple' - landscapers demonstrated various ways to add colour to outside spaces.
All entrants of the Reflection Gardens are exhibitors at the Expo and will be available to chat about their designs and plant choices. The gardens are all independently judged by a panel of experts and visitors also have the opportunity to cast a vote in the People's Choice Award.
Learn about sustainable gardening at the Giant Organic Kitchen Garden
We are all always on the look-out to make a difference to the environment in our own backyards and this is where the Giant Organic Kitchen Garden kicks in. Incorporating a fully-planted sustainable garden constructed on site, the Giant Organic Kitchen Garden is always a hive of activity. Visitors will find an array of permaculture and organic gardening experts on hand to answer questions.
Find out who's who with local garden clubs and societies
Numerous garden societies and clubs will be showcasing their group's activities with fabulous displays at the Garden Clubs Marquee on the oval. All the Garden Clubs and Societies will have representatives available on site to answer questions about their groups' activities. Keen to join a club with other enthusiastic gardeners? Then this is the place to go!
Learn how to attract the birds and the bees to your backyard
Would you like to attract wildlife to your backyard? The Living Backyard at the Queensland Garden Expo will be on hand to provide all necessary information to create a bio-diverse environment in your own backyard. Whether you are keen to attract frogs, birds, butterflies, bees or any other wildlife, the Living Backyard is the place to go to get invaluable tips.
What else can visitors learn at the Living Backyard
Experts will advise on conserving and enhancing native flora and fauna in local communities
Learn how to get involved in the Sunshine Coast Council's environment and sustainability projects and programmes
See stunning displays as well as a full-size native garden with water feature
Buy local native plants for your own garden
Learn a wealth of information regarding backyard nature conservation from the variety of exhibitors who will be on hand
In many cultures gardening and cooking and the social interaction of sharing these pastimes with friends and family, is an important part of day-to-day living.
This is the perfect scenario for garden to plate - gardeners who are keen on growing their own produce and then turning it into a delicious gourmet meal, need to head to the Cook's Garden Stage. There will be heaps of information about using plant-based remedies for common ailments, organic gardening and so much more.
Have your empty coffee cup replenished with potting mix and a small plant to take home
What a fabulous idea! Buy yourself a coffee at the Queensland Garden Expo; once done, take your empty take-away cup to the Coffee Cup Refill Station to have it replenished with potting mix and a small plant to take home. This fantastic project is with thanks to Rocky Point and Zoom Garden.
Opening Hours for the Coffee Cup Refill Station on the Oval
Friday 11am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 10am to 3pm
Organised by the Nambour Floral Art Group, the Annual Floral Design Competition and Display attracts fantastic entries every year. If you are keen on being a part of this fabulous competition, download the 2019 Floral Design Schedule here and the 2019 Floral Design Entry Form here. If you're not quite a budding florist yet, the floral displays are sure to provide all the inspiration and colour for future creativity.
Check out all the amazing creations on display from the Quirky Containers Garden Competition
Time to get creative and allow those imaginations to run wild! The Quirky Containers Garden Competition is perfect for super creative gardeners who love to think 'outside the box'. Unfortunately, the entries have now closed for this competition, but visitors to the Queensland Garden Expo can see all the amazing creations on display to the left of the Reflection Gardens.
Plenty happening for the children in the family too
The Queensland Garden Expo is for the WHOLE family and that includes the littlies. There are plenty of activities for the smallest budding gardeners in the household with kids craft, seed planting plus a FREE kids' playground, boasting a giant slide, jumping pillow and merry-go-round.
Don't forget all children aged fifteen and under have FREE entry.