Queensland Home Garden Expo

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  • Location: Maroochy Show Grounds, Nambour, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland
Local expo promoted at international garden show

Representatives of the Queensland Home Garden Expo will put the Sunshine Coast firmly on the map when they head south in the coming week to one of the biggest international flower shows, to encourage people to visit the region during the expo in July.

Staged within the world heritage-listed Royal Exhibition Building, the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show held from April 2-6 attracts over 100,000 garden lovers annually and is regarded as the largest horticultural event in the Southern Hemisphere.

Attendance at the show provides an excellent platform for the Queensland Home Garden Expo to launch their 2008 promotional campaign and to gain maximise exposure within this market.

Among those flying to Melbourne to represent Queensland's number one gardening event will be Event Organiser, Marion Beazley, who says the international show presents a great opportunity to promote the Sunshine Coast and regional events.

"Now in it's twenty-fourth year, the Queensland Home Garden Expo has experienced great success and this year we hope to take the event to new heights by promoting it further a field and hopefully attracting the southern markets to come and experience what the Sunshine Coast has to offer," said Marion.

The Queensland Home Garden Expo runs over three days from July 11-13 at the Maroochy Show Grounds, Nambour. 

July 04, 2008  Frogology hops to the Expo

Direct from the Melbourne International Flower Show, world famous Jane Davenport will showcase her latest 'Frogology' exhibit at the Queensland Home Garden Expo to be held at Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour from July 11-13.

An internationally recognised artist, Jane started her career as a runway photographer but has traded the catwalks for the outdoors, combining her love for the garden, passion for photography and obsession with insects to create Artomology. 

Now Jane captures the show-ponies of the garden as they pose in the latest spring fashion and parade down petal catwalks.

"It's not really so different from photographing supermodels" says Jane who has swapped the human kind of social butterfly for the real thing.

She describes herself as an 'Artomologist' finding it the perfect way to define her unique mix of art and entomological persuasions.  Her work has featured in over 30 exhibitions throughout Australia and New Zealand and to demonstrate this amazing art form, there will be around 30 flags set up showing her amazing photography as a spectacular welcome to the Expo.

Through her new Frogology exhibit, Jane hopes to inspire one million people to become 'Frogologists' and dedicate part of their backyards to creating valuable frog habitats and join in frog conservation projects.

Marion Beazley, Event Organiser said that she is really excited about welcoming the award-winning artist back to the Expo and is excited about the display which she is certain will be a hit with the kids.

"Every year we challenge ourselves to find exhibitors and artists who can add a new dimension to the Expo and offer the public a unique experience.  We are very excited to have Jane Davenport's spectacular flags and to profile some of our favourite garden residents," said Marion.

To compliment Jane's exhibit, another passionate environmentalist and landscaper Sean Morrow from One Earth Landscaping will be creating a full-size display garden at the Expo to illustrate simple and creative ways to bring nature into your back garden.  Sean will provide visitors with information on how to create their very own native bird and frog habitats.

One of the top five gardening events in Australia, the Queensland Home Garden Expo is an event not to be missed.  Gates open at 8am daily

May 29, 2008  Expo fosters local business success stories

The Queensland Home Garden Expo is only weeks away and this year will once again see a number of businesses maximise this showcase gardening event to launch new products.

For Peregian-based company, Kamado Cookers Australia, the Home Garden Expo provided a great opportunity not only to get their product into the market, but to promote themselves in a highly targeted environment.

Since launching at last year's Expo, Kamado Cookers have sold their unique Australian inspired barbeque ovens from Darwin to New Zealand and have expanded to include retail distributors in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and regional Queensland.

Event Manager, Marion Beazley says that the three-day event attracts over 20,000 garden lovers and horticultural professionals each year making it the perfect event for exhibitors to launch and promote new release products.

"The Expo offers exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products at one of Australia's most respected home and gardening events and provides businesses with a platform for growth and expansion into different markets," said Marion.

"The successes of the past has seen many return to the Expo every year to either launch new product or promote their existing range.  Last year we had to increase the number of sites due to the high demand and I anticipate we will see the same level of interest this year."

The Expo is not only for newcomers, local multimillion-dollar company Bush Essentials, will be launching a fabulous new product at this year's event.

Pauline Clarke, Director of Bush Essentials, will be on hand to demonstrate the many benefits of the range.

"Last year's Expo proved to be very successful for Bush Essentials and we are extremely excited about the upcoming event and the opportunity to launch our product locally in this highly specialised market," said Pauline.
Another product to be launched at the Expo this year is the Valoriani Hobby Pizza Oven which is exclusively imported from Italy by Yandina-based company, Wood Fire Ovens QLD.

The Expo will also feature tantalising offerings from more than 340 exhibitors including 60 of the best nurseries selling over 40,000 top quality and new release plants daily.

Everything form the latest garden tools, books, accessories, garden art and more will be on site over the three days.

The 24th annual Queensland Home Garden Expo will be held from July 11-13 at the Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour.

The Queensland Home Garden Expo is benefiting from an investment under the Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP), a State Government initiative designed to take unique and creative regional events to their full potential.

Since the program began in 2001, more than $10 million has been invested in over 500 regional events.

June 24, 2008  Back to basics for garden guru

The 2008 Queensland Home Garden Expo is fast approaching and alongside many of Australia's famous garden shows, the event will feature leading landscape designers, hundreds of exhibitors and an extensive program of free lectures, demonstrations and workshops by some of the best horticulturalists including one of our nation's most respected gardeners Colin Campbell.

Having been involved in the Expo since its inception, Colin will be presenting a number of workshops and lectures encouraging garden novices and green thumbs alike to get back to basics, providing step-by-step advice to help keep your garden in great condition all year round.

Colin says that for any garden to flourish we need to understand the practical gardening essentials from picking out the right plants, to planting techniques and changing weather conditions, which can be of particular importance for those moving to the area from interstate.

"This year I'll return to the basics of gardening, passing on many helpful hints, valuable tips and secrets for success that I've learnt from my father and other great gardeners over the years," said Colin.

The Expo has continued to grow in popularity over the years and has expanded to include six live stages that will host a variety of lectures, demonstrations and workshops, by some of Australia's leading garden experts including ABC radio host Annette McFarlane, Brisbane Botanical Gardens Curator, Ross McKinnon and Phil Dudman, presenter on WIN TV's Gardening Gurus Show.

Visitors can learn everything from being water wise and discovering clean energy, to the benefits of worms and insects in the garden as well as creating native bird and frog habitats. Colin will also be broadcasting his Radio 4BC Gardening Talkback Program live from the Expo on Saturday and Sunday.

"During the past 24 years, we have had everything from flooding rain to droughts, but the Expo has continued to be a popular draw card for garden lovers and horticultural professionals and has flourished to become one of the most respected gardening events is the country," said Colin.

The event, which attracts over 20,000 visitors every year, will be held at the Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour from July 11-13. If you are a novice, an avid gardener, collector or just looking for a great day out, be sure to head along to this year's Queensland Home Garden Expo.

June 19, 2008  First national water-saving award to be announced at Garden Expo

The winner of the first national award recognising outstanding water-saving products and services will be announced at the official opening of this year's Queensland Home Garden Expo to be held at the Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour on July 11.

The Smart Approved WaterMark Awards recognise products which have been proven to save water based on innovation, design, marketability and sustainability.

The finalists for the awards, which are all Queensland-based companies, were selected from over 140 products nationally which met the criteria of Australia's outdoor water saving labelling program for products and services.

The finalists selected include Planter Technology's planting container, the Smart Pot, the Hughie Sink, Nature Flow's household sewerage treatment system and Water Watch's programmable shower timer.

Event Coordinator, Marion Beazley believes that these awards will help emphasise the value of sustainability and water conservation nationally and assist in the promotion of water-wise gardening at this year's event.

"We are delighted that Smart Approved WaterMark has chosen the Home Garden Expo to launch these national awards and water conservation will, as always, be an important part of this year's event," said Marion.

"This time last year we were faced with tightening water restrictions and even though our dam levels are much improved, wise water usage still needs to be a high priority."

Col Campbell, Annette McFarlane and Jade Woodhouse are just a few of the experts on hand who will be sharing valuable tips on how to minimise water use and how best to retain the water levels in your garden through mulching and other preventative measures.

"This year's Expo will feature a range of relevant exhibitors with water tanks, grey water diverters, water-wise plant selections as well as lectures regarding how best to prepare your garden which we expect to be very popular at this year's event," said Marion.

The Home Garden Expo, Queensland's number one gardening event, promises to be bigger than ever with the organisers having to extend the site area to accommodate the enormous demand from exhibitors.

The Smart Approved WaterMark Awards will be announced at the Expo's Opening Ceremony at 10:30am on Friday, 11 July.

The Queensland Home Garden Expo is benefiting from an investment under the Queensland Events Regional Development Program (QERDP), a State Government initiative designed to take unique and creative regional events to their full potential.

Since the program began in 2001, more than $10 million has been invested in over 500 regional events.

Smart WaterMark

The Smart WaterMark is funded by the Water Smart Australia program and supported by the federal government and all states and territories. It was originally established by the Water Services Association of Australia, the Australian Water Association, Nursery & Garden Industry Australia and Irrigation Australia Limited.

June 16, 2008  A feast fit for giants

It's not called the Giant Kitchen Garden for nothing! Giant in size and giant in all things organic, this is one attraction not to be missed at this year's Queensland Home Garden Expo to be held at the Maroochy Showgrounds, Nambour from July 11-13. 

Wander through the magic that this fully-planted garden offers or sample some of the local organic produce. The freshest fruits, vegetables, herbs and cottage plants will not only inspire you to grow your own, you will also come face-to-face with some of Australia's leading sustainable gardening experts.

Ramble along winding paths or take a seat and be inspired by Jade Woodhouse.  A foremost organic authority, Jade's enthusiasm, knowledge, expertise and love for all things garden are second to none.

Or perhaps, cooking with herbs is something of interest, join local identity and renowned gardening specialist Barb Wickes in one of her demonstrations. Delicious and tantalising offerings will also be on offer when Yukari Desjardins reveals how to produce simple, versatile and authentic organics delights.

ABC Gardening presenter Jerry Coleby-Williams will also be on hand to provide expert advise and will be discussing the values of low carbon gardening. Jerry has always been a keen advocate for all things sustainable and his reputation is famous in the area.

Event Coordinator, Marion Beazley, is extremely excited about this year's Expo and says that each year the Giant Kitchen Garden area continues to grow as sustainable and organic gardening becomes more popular.

"In the past two years it has grown in popularity both with spectators and exhibitors.   People are becoming more interested in organic and sustainable gardening, which is fantastic, and our exhibitors come from all over Queensland and Interstate to provide a wonderful line up of exhibits and activities," said Marion.

With a program packed full with exciting talks and demonstrations for garden novices and experts alike, the three-day event will provide visitors with information on how to create native bird and frog habitats to worm-farming as well as composting secrets.

Gates open at 8am daily with easy access and onsite parking.


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Maroochy Show Grounds, Nambour, Not Assigned

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