- Tuesday 05 July 2016
Green thumbs and novice gardeners are gearing up for this weekend’s annual Queensland Garden Expo, a three day “must see” celebration of all things gardening.
This year’s packed program features lecture and demos, display gardens, more than 360 exhibits, a giant kitchen garden feature and a gardeners’ and gourmets’ cooking stage.
The event, held between July 8-10 will feature more than 100 presentations from 40 speakers – the largest speaker program of any gardening event in the country.
Queensland Garden Expo Event Manager Marion Beazley said people of all ages and skill levels were expected to flock to the event which continues to attract many visitors from outside the region.
“More than 35,000 people are expected to pass through the entry gates over the course of the event, including seasoned growers and gardening novices,” Mrs Beazley said.
“Around 60% of visitors to the Garden Expo are from outside our region, which means guests stay and play on the Sunshine Coast for the weekend.”
Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the highly popular council-sponsored event continued to flourish and deliver significant benefits for the region.
“Over 32 years, this successful community driven event has generated immense benefits for its supporters, partners, local businesses and the Sunshine Coast region whilst inspiring and creating enthusiasm in the public arena for gardening, parklands and leisure activities,” Cr OPray said.
“The 2015 Queensland Garden Expo was estimated to have generated an economic benefit of $4 million for the Sunshine Coast region.”
The Queensland Garden Expo is one of 60 major and regional events that is being staged on the Sunshine Coast this year.
An estimated 150,000 guests from 40 different countries will visit the region for the packed events schedule, which is estimated to generate about $100 million in economic activity.
Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson said the Queensland Garden Expo was recognised as Queensland’s premier gardening event, recently taking out the Events Award category at the prestigious Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) Queensland Regional Awards of Excellence
“Typically events of this scale are held in a city or large centre however this three day expo is hosted in Nambour, a town with a population of less than 15,000,” Cr Rogerson said.
“So this recent award is an outstanding outcome for an event hosted in a regional hinterland town.”
For more information on the 2016 Queensland Garden Expo visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au