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A full line up of speakers will keep the expected crowd of 40,000 busy according to the spokesperson for the show’s organisers. Whether it is bees or bromeliads, composting or camellias, the Queensland Garden Expo will have something for everyone when it opens for its 35th year on 12 July 2019.

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In just one month the Nambour Showgrounds, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, will come alive with 40,000 plants, 360 exhibits and eight stages offering more than 120 lectures and demonstrations. Queensland Garden Expo Event Manager Marion Beazley said event organisers were looking forward to a packed program of gardening delights, perfect for the most dedicated green thumb as well as gardening novices.

“What makes this event unique is the access visitors have to the wealth of knowledge our presenters offer, which makes it perfect for those beginning to venture into the garden, as well as those seeking specific advice,” Ms. Beazley said. “Visitors can learn ‘up close and personal’ from the very best in the business across a broad range of topics from keeping bees and planting a kitchen garden to sowing seeds and keeping chooks. No matter what they’re into, there really is something for everyone.”

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Sophie Thomson and Jerry Coleby-Williams

This year, crowd favourites Sophie Thomson, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Paul West, Phil Dudman, and Claire Bickle will return, offering visitors the opportunity to really interact with the who’s who of Australian gardening across a broad range of topics. New on the program is Dr. Tim Heard, an entomologist, ex-CSIRO research scientist, and long-term stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees.

He will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on stingless beekeeping, using stingless bees for pollination and sugarbag honey. “Keeping bees has become so popular over the years that we now have several experts sharing their tips on keeping bees and harvesting your own honey,” Ms. Beazley said. “Earlier this year, former River Cottage Australia frontman Paul West hosted The Great Australian Bee Challenge on ABC where families were challenged to successfully keep a beehive, demonstrating that anyone who’s willing to learn a new skill can produce honey in their own backyard.”

Visitors looking for some great tips on growing their own produce and turning it into delicious gourmet meals will be delighted by the Cook’s Garden Stage. “Growing your own food can ensure the freshest and healthiest of produce and visitors will be spoiled for choice on learning how to produce a bountiful harvest in their own garden,” said Ms. Beazley. “Last year, Paul West was a huge drawcard so we’re thrilled that he’ll be returning to the expo and taking to the stage.

We’re sure his ‘Garden to Table’ presentations will be very popular. “We’re excited that Phil Dudman will be here once again to share a bunch of simple, practical ideas that will help visitors make the most of their growing space and boost their backyard bounty. “Long time Expo attendee, Kevin Redd will introduce the crowd to some very unusual and versatile green vegetables that thrive in a subtropical garden, providing a year-round supply of healthy greens. He will also whip up some quick, tasty and easy recipes using these hardy and delicious plants.”

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Great plants on display and for sale

If you’ve ever thought your backyard was too small for keeping chickens and growing food, think again. With our backyards tending to be smaller these days, Claire Bickle will advise on which chicken breeds are best for small backyards and Jerry Coleby- Williams will show attendees how easy it is to grow food in small spaces. “The Queensland Garden Expo has continued to grow year after year but we want people to know the event is not just for the most dedicated green thumbs – everybody is welcome and will find something of interest,” said Marion Beazley.

The 2019 Queensland Garden Expo will feature more than 120 free lectures and demonstrations and in excess of 360 exhibitors and displays. It will be held between 12 and 14 July at the Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour. To find out more about the event, view the speaker program and purchase tickets online, please visit www.qldgardenexpo.com.au.

Fast facts — Queensland Garden Expo

• Celebrating the 35th year of the event in 2019

• Three-day event

• 40,000-plus attendees

• More than 65 percent of attendees travel from outside the Sunshine Coast

• 360-plus exhibitors and displays including 55 nurseries

• 120-plus free lectures and demonstrations

• Eight speaker stages

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