Local gardening gurus will be sharing their green thumbs with local gardeners over a series of workshops designed to educate and inspire. Do you fancy growing bonsai, anthuriums or orchids? Want to find out how to identify and encourage them to thrive? Then find yourself at the Gympie Garden Expo this weekend May 5 and 6, where a more hands on approach to workshops is being delivered.
Faye Dobson, a long time member of the local bonsai group will offer a spectacular combined display, with Faye delivering two workshops kicking off on Saturday at 9am and Sunday at 11am. Faye has been enjoying the art of bonsai for over 20 years and specialises in Australian bonsai, since “natives are easier to look after in our climate because they’re happier at home”.
Local and state orchid society president, Jim Evans travels internationally to follow his passion, “our region is best suited to a wide range of both Australian and exotic orchids. People love the variety and colour on show, the quality of blooms at Expo is equal to anything you will see in Australia”. Jim will help us to identify orchids on Saturday at 1pm. Kevin and Daphne Hamment expose the secrets to caring for anthuriums on Saturday at 11am, then not to be missed is a session on preparing your potted plants for show, Sunday at 10am.
You can catch guest speakers and garden innovators Paul Plant, Cath Manuel and Adam Woodhams offering plant combinations for design, soil health and sustainable heritage. Sunday’s Compost Corner tunes us into our local environment, bringing Eugene Bargo, Dr Tobias Smith and Zela Bissett together again with talks on native flora, the glorious diversity of native bees and fibres for papermaking.
With the best of orchid and potted plant displays, make the most of the weekend with free open gardens, market stalls and top garden advice. 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 www.gympiegardenexpo.com.au