Garden gurus speakers

The Ipswich Plant Expo is pleased to secure the following speakers for the event on 9-10th March 2013.

These well known garden personalities span print media, radio, television and online. We have collated most of the best known horticulturists to provide informative and relevant gardening advice and practical tips to ensure you create a successful garden in South East Queensland, focusing on the what works well in the local subtropical climate.

2013 guest speakers are:

  • Paul Plant
  • Clair Levander
  • Arno King
  • Claire Bickle
  • Brian Sams
  • Rod Hultgren
  • Barbara Beerling
  • Stephen Flood

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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@ (remove spaces).



Speaker Topics

Garden Gurus Share Secrets 2012

Nothing like ‘Victoria Secrets’ will be exposed at this event!

However, Queensland garden gurus will divulge some of their experiences and secrets to help gardeners win the battle with soils, garden design style, vegies and fruit, and of course, selecting the right plants for local conditions.

Colin Campbell will talk about soils… healthy soils really do mean healthy plants.

Paul Plant will celebrate the subtropical garden with new plants and give his 10 top secrets for a great subtropical garden.

Claire Bickle will inspire parents and grandparents with tips and ideas on how to encourage children to garden.

Noel Burdette will highlight diversity with a focus on helping gardeners find their garden style, whether that be cottage or contemporary.

Arno King will supply all your vegetable and fruit solutions with designing an edible garden for success.

Stay tuned for more information in weeks ahead.