The Queensland Garden Expo is marking its 30th anniversary this year and Costa is on his way to Nambour to join in the celebrations. The expo runs over three days (11-13 July) and offers a diverse range of free lectures and demonstrations given by local and international speakers on multiple stages, as well as a giant kitchen garden, free entertainment for the kids and a free plant clinic – there really is something for everyone.
Highlights from the speakers program include: Costa’s fellow Gardening Australia presenters Jerry Coleby Williams, who is giving a presentation about the the 21st century cottage garden with emphasis on biodiversity management; and Angus Stewart, who will be discussing how to maintain your native garden
and new plant releases. Costa will be at the expo on Saturday and Sunday, taking gardening enthusiasts for a ramble and chat in the Kitchen Garden, as well as sharing his wisdom on growing our food future.
Other highlights include: Annette McFarlane’s presentation on Green Roofs and Vertical Gardens; Phil Dudman will give a pruning master class – the what, when, where of pruning ANYTHING from roses
to ornamental shrubs and fruit trees; Claire Bickle discusses all you need to know about chooks; Clair Levander talks up plant sex; Leonie Shanahan and Leanne Levin let us in on growing secrets and the health benefits of plants; Roman Spur tells us how to recycle materials for garden use; Noel Burdette will be chatting about bringing back the love of flowering plants into gardens; and Tania Hubbard will be sharing information about gluten-free and grain-free cooking.
If you’ve been wondering how you can make the garden more fun for your children or grandchildren, Clair Bickle will be sharing the knowledge you need to create a garden for kids and Sean Morrow will tell us how to creating a frog habitat and attract frogs to the garden.
There’s so much more on offer – far too much to list here, so visit the Queensland Garden Expo website, check out the speaker’s timetable for the full rundown on the free lectures and demonstrations and make a day of it. You can buy your tickets online and children under 15 are free.