Event Showcase: Queensland Garden Expo

Costa Georgiadis with the 7 Weekender team. Costa will be returning this year as a guest speaker. 

FOR 40 years the Queensland Garden Expo has been inspiring gardeners, green thumbs and lovers of all things green, and this year the expo is the biggest one yet and the Advertiser has a double pass to give away for one of the days.  

The Expo is one of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest annual events and the Expo will run from this Thursday, July 4 until Sunday, July 7 at the Nambour Showgrounds from 8am daily.  

With over 150 FREE talks over the four days there will be something for everyone and one of the special guests is Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis who will be bringing his special brand of enthusiasm to the Expo on Saturday and Sunday.  

There will be food demonstrations and garden displays, over 360 exhibitors and there will also be edible kitchen gardens and also floral displays.  

Sunshine Coast Council will be on site with their ‘The Living Backyard’ zone which will have all the information you need to create a wildlife-friendly backyard.  

Whether you want to attract frogs, birds, butterflies, bees or other wildlife you will get all the tips you need. 

Sunshine Coast Deputy Mayor Councillor Maria Suarez said it was an opportunity to meet a range of exhibitors with a wealth of knowledge about backyard nature conservation – Barung Landcare Nursery, Coolum Community Native Nursery, One Earth Landscaping, QLD Frog Society, Birdlife Sunshine Coast, Australian Native Bee Association and Wildlife Volunteers Association. 

“I encourage you to make the most of buying local, native plants for your property from two local community native nurseries,” Cr Suarez said. 

For those who love to cook, there’s The Cook’s Garden stage for invaluable tips on growing your own produce and transforming it into gourmet delights and it will feature guests such as Martin Duncan ‘AKA Sunshine Coast Foodie’.  

Martin has a passion for showcasing the Sunshine Coast’s restaurants, cafes, producers and products. He is a former chef and restaurateur, and a true connector of people in food agribusiness, including the plant nursery and hospitality industries.  

These are just some of the attractions that will be on display at the Expo this year. For your chance to win the double pass that we have for one of the days please email in with the subject heading ‘Garden Expo’ to editor@coolumadvertiser.com.au by 5pm this Thursday, July 4 with your name, address and phone number.  

Single-day tickets are from $22.50 with children under 15 free with a paying adult.  

For more information on the Expo and for a full rundown of what’s on please visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au 

Crowds enjoying the sunshine at a previous Queensland Garden Expo at the Nambour Showgrounds. Photos: Contributed 

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