2014 dates announced

Planning is now well underway for the 2014 event to be held on 8-9th March.

The floor plan is being updated and adjusted after feedback from both the public and exhibitors. Due to the demand from exhibitors, we are making more space available for more exhibitors but are reinforcing our intent in creating a fun experience for gardeners who are keen to seek out information and to buy plants.

More details will be released in due time.

Thank you for your patience.

Raffle charity 2013

Congratulations Ipswich Hospice Care Centre

The raffle organised at the event raise money for the local Ipswich Hospice Care Centre.

The following letter sums up their thanks.

Dear Ipswich Plant Expo,

What a fantastic event !  You must be very proud of the way the Expo went.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to be the “Raffle Charity” for the event – we raised just over $900 which is a lovely result.

Thanks again guys, love your work.


Alison Lahey
Business Development Manager
Ipswich Hospice Care Inc.
37 Chermside Road
Eastern Heights  Q  4305

2013 event planning

Great news everyone!

Guest speakers for 2013 confirmed are Paul Plant, Brian Sams, Clare Levander, Arno King and Claire Bickle.

The dates are set for 9-10th March 2013 and with two full days planned, there is much to look forward to. In addition to guest speakers above, we are looking at introducing a second Back to Basics series of talks for all the beginners and kids who want to start but need a little help. We will be there to give you give you all some great skills!

Event Key Features

  • Tropical plants + subtropical plants
  • Edible and organic gardening
  • Native plants
  • Collectable plants
  • Gardening tools and equipment
  • Gardening magazines and books
  • Garden clubs
  • Conservation, environmental

Keep this date open in your diary as it will be the best event in Queensland for gardeners in the first six months of 2013.

event summary 2012

Summary of Event 2012

Congratulations to all exhibitors for putting on a good subtropical garden expo, over 2000 people attended. There was a great range of plants and related products.

Special thanks is extended to Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale for officially opening and launching the event. He also announced that the local council will support it in 2013. Good news everyone, it will be a two day event next year.

Thank you to sponsors Ipswich City Council and Searles, and to event supportors The Gift Tree, subTropical Gardening and River 94.9FM.

Additionally, we wish to thank our guest speakers Colin Campbell, Paul Plant, Claire Bickle, Noel Burdette and Arno King… and the efferescent MC for the day, Marcia Byriel.

If you went to the event and have some suggestions for the 2013 event, please send us an email to info@ plantexpo.com.au (remove spaces).



what do gardeners want

Gardeners want to have options and diversity when it comes to buying plants and related products. They want to find something unique, something rare… something that will make their friends envious!

Seriously though, gardeners are keen to buy plants that perform well in their gardens even if it is a common plant. Its not only about the right climate and soil, it also takes into consideration the aesthetics, the rarity of the specimen, does it do the task it needs to do (create shade or fruit, etc). There are many criteria that makes a good plant selection.

We hear that people everywhere are turning to the internet to buy clothes, gadgets, gifts, flowers, houses and find romance. It is not surprising then that gardeners search the net to find plants and to seek out information. Magazines such as subtropical Gardening, are valuable resources to inspire people to search and seek out interesting plants – be that old fashioned specimens or rarities.

There is a thirst for the unusual. A drink of tap water will just not do. Likewise, a common plant that everyone grows may not ‘cut the mustard’. Growers need to find out what gardeners want to buy and plan ahead with their cultural practices.

The best way for production nurseries to find out is by engaging the public:
– attending events like the Ipswich Plant Expo
– reading gardening magazines and weekly articles in local newspapers
– listening to gardening radio programs
– visiting open gardens and botanic gardens to see what is growing well in the region and when they flower.

The best way for gardeners to tell the nursery industry what they want is to ask your local nursery to source the plants you want… or go elsewhere to spend your money. This is where events such as this help gardeners find those desirable specimens.

The Ipswich Plant Expo aims to bring the buying collectors in contact with the growers of collectible plants. Come along to the Expo – you may just find what you are after and also find those things you never new you needed!