Queensland Garden Expo, gardening, visit Queensland

How does your garden grow? If you fancy yourself a bit of a “green thumb” you can get expert advice when Australia’s largest sub-tropical garden event – the 2015 Queensland Garden Expo – returns to the Sunshine Coast next month.

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Staged at Nambour Showgrounds, from Friday, July 10 until Sunday, July 12 from 8am daily, the expo will showcase presenters such as renowned gardening experts Angus Stewart, Annette McFarlane, Claire Bickle, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Noel Burdette and Phil Dudman. And you can be out and proud with your enthusiasm for the three-day event, garden lovers, for it’s set to attract 35,000 people from across Australia and beyond, says spokesman Marion Beazley.

“We’ve been busily locking in our speaker program over the past few months and are pleased to say the expo is shaping up to be one of our biggest and best yet,” Ms Beazley says.

“A number of New Zealand garden enthusiasts have already taken advantage of the recently introduced Auckland to Sunshine Coast flights and purchased their tickets to this year’s event. It’s been really exciting to see the expo’s reputation growing internationally.”

Queensland Garden Expo, gardening, visit Queensland

And while last year’s 30th anniversary event will undoubtedly be a hard act to follow, Ms Beazley says participants at this year’s event can enjoy 300 exhibitors and more than 55 nurseries selling in excess of 40,000 plants.

“We’ll also have more than 100 lectures and demonstrations taking place, providing attendees with a wealth of information on everything from creating a thriving veggie garden and rearing chickens, right through to getting kids involved in the backyard fun and cooking with fresh herbs,” she says.

Some of the expo’s most popular areas and events would make making a comeback in 2015 include the Giant Organic Kitchen Garden and Living Backyard feature areas and some of Queensland’s most talented green thumbs battling it out in the hotly contested landscape garden competition.

“The landscape garden displays have become one of the most visited areas of the expo in recent years,” Ms Beazley says. “Last year’s competitors upped the ante by creating a cold-climate garden display in the Sunshine Coast’s sub-tropical weather, and recycling old shower heads as part of an inspired water landscape.”

“The competition really encourages landscapers to pull out all the stops and show off their creative flair and we find expo attendees always walk away feeling inspired and motivated to transform their own backyards.”

Queensland Garden Expo, gardening, visit Queensland

And younger generation green thumbs don’t miss out – with kids’ workshops and a children’s play area being set up in one area of the grounds.

Tickets are $18 adults and children under 15 are free with an accompanying adult. To purchase tickets, or find out more about the event and accommodation packages on offer, visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au.