Garden expo bigger and better in 2009
The fourth Glasshouse Country Garden Expo will be held in the Beerwah Community Hall and Turner Park on Sunday May 24. The expo has grown since its inception in 2006 from a morning event attracting 400 patrons and featuring 20 exhibitors, to a full day event last year attracting 4000 patrons and 65 exhibitors. Who knows what 2009 will bring -- but it's sure to be bigger and better than ever!
Sustainability under the spotlight at expo: If you are looking for practical, innovative ways of becoming more sustainable around the home and garden, then make sure you mark your calendar for the Rotary Glasshouse Country Sustainability & Garden Expo on Sunday May 24. With this year's theme based around sustainability -- 'Sustainable Health for you -- Your Garden -- Your community', visitors to the expo will be assured of picking up some valuable household and gardening tips.
This year, due to changes in funding, we have formed a partnership with the Rotary Club Of The Glass House Mountains Inc, and the new name of the event from this year will be the Rotary-Glasshouse Country Garden Expo. Our intention is to continue to grow this expo to be the largest event of its type in the region. This year's theme is "Sustainable Health for You - Your Garden -- Your Community", and the inclusion of lifestyle exhibits is expected to provide greater interest for all. If you are a business or part of a community group this is a great opportunity to make contact with the largest gathering of people in our region focusing on the things we need to know to enjoy living in our region.
We will also be conducting a gardening competition for gardeners and schools in the region, and will be encouraging visitors to stay in our region for the weekend by the promotion of other activities. There is an open invitation to business operators and community groups who may or may not be able to participate in this year's event. If you would like to enjoy the exposure of our advertising program please contact Bob McLean, Rotary - Glasshouse Country Garden Expo Coordinator, phone 0427 606 240.
Combined with our sustainability theme, there is plenty on offer at this year's event, designed to cater for an even greater range of interests," Bob said. In an another exciting new twist, visitors to this year's event will also be encouraged to make a weekend of it, with travel packages currently being organized. "These packages will give visitors from outside the area the opportunity to take a closer look at some of our spectacular natural scenery and other local attractions, as well as check out our winning gardens," Bob said.
The program in the main marquee will start at 9:30am
* 9.30am with managing Australian Native Plants,
* 10.30am Annette McFarlane,
* 11.30am Q & A session to solve plant problems with Annette & Noel,
* 12.30pm Noel Burdette Herbs & Landscaping,
* 1.30pm Garden competition & exhibitor awards,
* 2.00pm Dividing & Propagating plants
Schools get involved
Expo calls on local students to exercise their green thumbs School students across the region are being encouraged to pull on their gardening gloves ahead of the inaugural Glasshouse Country Garden Expo schools competition. According to Expo Coordinator Bob McLean, the school garden competition is about encouraging schools and the local community to become involved in gardening and nature. "One of the most valuable lessons we can teach our young people is about the wonderful resource that is our natural environment, and what we can all do to help protect and enhance it," Bob said. "Gardening is such a simple way to encourage children to get back to nature, and enjoy the fruits of their labour." Bob said many of the local schools are already involved in gardening, boasting impressive fruit and vege gardens, and hosting regular tree planting. "The schools competition is an ideal way for the school community to gain some recognition for all their hard work." and will be judged on what they have developed, as well as their display at the expo.
Schools can enter in one of three categories:
* Garden to House -- promoting the growing of vegetables, herbs and flowers that can be used for food or home decoration
* Native forest and flora -- promoting the planning and set of the garden to promote the use of native trees and waterwise plants
* Fauna friendly -- use of the existing or new garden to become a animal friendly environment.
Entry forms will be available from next month. For more information about the schools competition, or the Glasshouse Country Garden Expo, contact Bob on 0427 606 240.
* Phone: Bob on 0427 606 240
* Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Downloadable: "Rotary Glasshouse Country Sustainability and Garden Expo 2009" Flyer
Beerwah Community Hall & Turner Park, Turner St, Beerwah
24 May 2009
Start 9.00am Finish 4.00pm This event is conducted at the end of May each year.
Event Cost: $2.00 for adults children free.
Great day with Food, Plant Sales, Guest speakers, plant workshops.
Organic Farmers Market & other stalls, over 70 exhibits.
Judging of Schools garden Competition & Rotary 2009 Photo Competition, you can win a digital camera just by voting for your choice of photo as the peoples choice.
Entry is $2.00 for adults this will allow patrons to be given 2 native trees & also to be able
to take part in luck spot draws which take place every half hour for great prizes.
For more information:
Contact: Bob McLean
Organisation: Rotary Club of the Glass House Mountains Inc
Contact Details: Phone 0427606240, PO Box 116 Beerwah Qld 4519
Email Address: email@example.com
Beerwah Community Hall & Turner Park, Beerwah
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