This expo will get you in the garden!

Garden Expo visitors are in for a real treat with local Queensland garden innovators offering talks and hands on workshops over the weekend. This expo will get you in the garden growing happy, healthy fruit trees from the ground up and finding out about our sustainable heritage & how to rediscover it. Go on an indigenous journey, find out about the wonder of native bees and get hands on with orchids, bonsai and anthuriums.

On Saturday join Cath Manuel, founder of Soil to Supper who has many years experience in the horticulture industry with a passion for growing fresh organic food, living a sustainable lifestyle and sharing her knowledge and experience to inspire others. Her talks are on healthy fruit growing, offering simple tips to get your fruit trees flourishing, while working out the magic ingredients to maintain your soil health.

Adam Woodhams has a life-long love of the garden and is dedicated to sharing his passion offering approachable ways to explore horticulture and sustainability. Adam is a writer, photographer, TV & radio presenter and video producer. He reminds us that what we would call sustainability today was common practice just a generation or two ago, waste was a word rarely used in the home and garden. So where did we go wrong?

On Sunday at Compost Corner, be inspired by Paul Plant with practical tips to maintaining a healthy garden. Aboriginal elder Eugene Bargo explores the native flora and signs to look out for on his seasonal story. Returning by popular demand, Dr Tobias Smith is our native bee guru, helping us understand more about these interesting creatures. Zela Bissett also returns to the Sunday program teaching us a new skill with paper making and fibres in your garden to do this.

Over the weekend, workshops on how to identify orchids and get them thriving will be answered by orchid devotee and Society President, Jim Evans. Longtime local Faye Dobson has all your bonsai questions covered. Also revealed is tips to preparing your potted plants for show and growing healthy, happy anthuriums.

Enjoy open gardens, explore market stalls that provide local knowledge and the best in tools and techniques, seeds and art. Bring the kids for a garden experience and a whole lot of fun.

Only $5 entry with kids free on May 5 from 8am-4pm and Sunday May 6 from 8am-3pm

A huge thanks goes to Katek Fertilisers and Gympie Regional Council for their ongoing support of this event.

For event details and open gardens, go to http://www.gympiegardenexpo.com.au

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