The Yea Rotary Garden Expo has proved itself to be an exciting and inspiring event for plant and garden enthusiasts. From its initial and most successful Expo only two years ago, the event grew last year to host 2150 visitors, and there were 61 vendors.
Major attractions of the Expo are its variety of vendor displays and offerings, its beautiful location, enticing food and coffee on offer - and free parking. This is a wonderful opportunity for enthusiastic gardeners to see, at the beginning of spring, new plants and products which will be showcased by numerous and varied businesses.
This year, the event is moving to a new location, at the Yea Saleyards, only five minutes from Yea on the Yea Whittlesea Road. This new venue offers a huge flat parking area with easy access to the stalls, which will be laid out on the flat bitumen all-weather area alongside the cattle yards. The creche which Rotary provides - where visitors can safely leave their purchases until they are ready to depart, will be right beside the exit and accessible to cars on their way out.
At the Saleyards, there is a kiosk where refreshments will be offered by the Yea Wetlands Committee, and a large undercover eating area with tables and benches. Various and diverse food stalls will be spread around the display area.
As at past expos, the huge variety of seeds, seedlings, bulbs, plants and trees, as well as garden decorations and tools, protective clothing, fertilisers, raised garden beds, sheds and even chooks, will provide every visitor with something of interest and hopefully lots of garden ideas.
There will be a number of new vendors, including a rose nursery from Swan Hill, Dinkum sheds from Alexandra and G. and M. Rare Bulbs.
Another feature of the Expo is the speakers' programme, where experts in a number of garden-related fields will present talks and advice during the two days.
This year, the Expo will be held over the weekend of September 22nd and 23rd. Entry is $5, and children under 16 are admitted free. Garden groups are encouraged to book a bus and groups who travel this way will be offered a basket of local goodies to raffle in aid of their club.website which includes details of vendors and instructions on how to find our location. Details of accommodation and other items of interest will also be found on the website.