Queensland Garden Expo – 2012

Every July Nambour Showgrounds are taken over by the Queensland Garden Expo. The weekend of the 6th, 7th and 8th of July 2012, allowed enough blue skies to bring a great crowd, which of course included myself and my folks – a picture of my dad below.

After attending the Nambour Show a month earlier, I did not have high hopes for the garden festival. The show will be never mentioned again. As one of our neighbours said ‘that we wont be missing much’ if we attend the show – the advice and experience noted.

I will be attending again next year. The thought of getting a years worth of research done in one day is great. Loaded up with plants, pamphlets and a notebook full of information to take home, our garden is to become a master piece.

Most of the valuable information as a new farm owner was about edible gardens, researching plants, fruit trees and vegetables to grow. Talks about organic dirt, choosing fruit trees and garlic and potato growing.

The program is packed full of talks in the three days, with celebrity and local gardeners sharing their knowledge with those eager to learn.

Stalls filling the whole show site, selling plants, gardening tools, seeds, sheds, driveways, books and anything else you could think of that would have something to do with gardening.

Above: Organic seeds for sale

Below – Bird nests made of hollowed out gourds

EDIBLE FOODS

Overall a few tips to get by on the day.

  • Bring a green bag or a trolley to get all your trees home
  • Take your own water and snacks – food choices are slim – but if you like burgers you will be fine
  • Clothes for every occasion – rain, sun or wind.
  • Go early and get a good park

The Sunshine Coast is new for me.  Finding a good nursery with edible plants, native rainforest trees in tube stock, organic vegetable seedlings and seeds, seems to be a task that I did not succeed with on the day.

If you know of any good nurseries in the area or beyond, I would love to hear about it. I don’t mind a drive to collect good quality plants.

Someone had mentioned recently about a place in Yandina?

Would love to hear some suggestions.

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6 Comments

  1. I couldn’t get up there this year and I felt bad. Definitely going next year. Love your photos!

  2. Love the sound of this event, I could spend my life wandering around the country attending markets and garden expos!

    • Yes Lizzy, a change of lifestyle is always nice. I am spoiled now by farmers markets, road side stalls and rolling hills.

  3. What a great day out. I know Yandina. That’s where my most favourite restaurant is. Spirit House! I hope you get to go there when you’re up there xx

    • I have been to Sprirthouse, I need to go back to get the experience I think. I am sucker for cheap deep-fried fish on Brisbane’s south side(Darra or Inala), just as tasty at a third of the price.