Garden Expo's blooming success
We may be amidst a global recession, but the gardening industry seems to be preparing for the upswing with site sales ahead of this year's Queensland Home Garden Expo already up eight per cent on last year.
Historically the gardening industry seems to have been resilient in times of economic challenge, as people tend to retreat to the solace of their gardens, spending money on home improvements and maintenance.
Event Organiser, Marion Beazley is overwhelmed by the response they have received from exhibitors with over 50 per cent of sites already sold out six months out from the event, she says there are still a lot of good sites left but they're going fast, so exhibitors will need to be quick.
"Gardening has taken on a more serious nature due to the economy and we are predicting a big upturn in the industry, particularly in the areas of sustainable gardening and permaculture with all but a few of our kitchen garden sites already sold out," said Marion.
Rising petrol prices, inflated living expenses and an increase in the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables is encouraging people to turn to their own backyards. No longer is organic gardening considered to be an alternative lifestyle, in these economic times more people are choosing to grow-their-own and to become self-sustainable.
"The housing crunch also works in favour of gardening, as property prices come under pressure, people are more likely to want to invest in their homes by way of gardening or home improvements,' said Marion.
Property guru, Michael Matusik from Matusik Property Insights, recently sighted in a presentation to the Custodian Wealthbuilders in Canberra that renovations now make up 50 cents of the housing dollar, up 25 per cent on a decade ago and is expected to increase to 60 per cent in the next five years.
"The Expo is not just about plants, each year we continue to see more home and lifestyle exhibitors take advantage of the exposure and opportunity that the event presents," said Marion.
Now in its 25th year, the Queensland Home Garden Expo is one of Australia's top gardening events attracting more than 25,000 visitors annually and is only set to increase if these trends continue.
The Expo is to be held at the Nambour Showgrounds from July 10-12.
Graphic to the right: Expo offers exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products at one of Australia's most respected gardening events
Create your own scarecrow for the Garden Expo and win
The scarecrow was once one of the most familiar figures of the rural landscape, his rugged figure has been around for hundreds of years to guard against flocks of hungry birds and as part of this year's 25th anniversary celebrations, the Queensland Home Garden Expo is calling for entries for their inaugural Scarecrow Competition.
In association with the Nambour Garden Club, Expo organisers are inviting everyone from school and community groups to garden societies and individuals to take part in this year's competition to be in the running to win a number of cash prizes.
Marion Beazley, Queensland Home Garden Expo organiser, is thrilled about the celebrations taking place as part of this year's event and believes that this competition will add to the excitement and provide a great way for individuals and groups to get involved in the lead up to the event.
"We eagerly look forward to seeing what people will come up with and envisage that the field of scarecrow's display, which will feature the dozens of scarecrows designs, will be nothing short of impressive," said Marion.
"We encourage school groups and individuals to put on their thinking caps and use their imagination to come up with a winning design. It's a great way to get involved and potentially raise funds for your activities or just a good school holiday project that the whole family can get involved in."
All group entries will receive two free tickets to the Expo and each individual entry will receive one free ticket to the event.
Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, July 3 and all scarecrows must be delivered to the Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour on Wednesday July 8. Judging will take place on the Expo opening day, Friday, July 10.
The Queensland Home Garden Expo is to be held at the Nambour Showgrounds from July 10-12.
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