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.

2013 Prize Winners

Winners are happy gardeners

Congratulations to the following winners of the raffle.

1st Prize – R Munro of Mt Crosby

2nd Prize – D Mackay of Ipswich

3rd Prize – K Hennelly of Eastern Heights Ipswich

The raffle raised over $900 for the Ipswich Hospice Centre. Thank you to all the exhibitors that donated items for the prize table.

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.

How to Get There

Event is almost here and people are working out how to get to the event.

From Brisbane: head west along Ipswich Road and follow signs to Ipswich City. The event will be on the left side of the road immediately after the Bundamba  Primary State School. Enter carpark via TL Cooney Avenue, Bundamba.

From North Brisbane or Sunshine Coast: head to the event via the Centenary Highway then follow instructions above. Alternatively, go via the Gateway Toll Road which links onto the Logan Motorway and flows towards Ipswich. As for the Moggill Ferry, avoid it as it is expected to be not in operation on Saturday 3rd March. Colleges Crossing is expected to be closed. Note: Mt Crosby Weir is open for private vehicles only.

From Gold Coast: head up the Pacific Highway, take the Logan Motorway and follow signs to Ipswich (as above).

From Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba or Roma: drive along Warrego Highway and follow signs into Ipswich. Then drive along Brisbane Road towards Bundamba. The event will on the right side of the road.

From Sydney or other regions: it is suggested you fly into Brisbane then drive out  🙂

Bundamba Train Station is approximately 10-15 minute walk to the event. When you get off the train, walk up Mining Street, turn right along Brisbane Road. Cross the road at the Primary School then walk (direction right) up to the Ipswich Turf Club (Racecourse). Entry to event is off TL Cooney Ave.
For details regarding train time tables, please refer to www.translink.com.au

UBD reference: 214 F15

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.

Buying at the Expo

Are you after rare and unusual plants?
The Ipswich Plant Expo is here to help gardeners source and collect those hard-to-find plants, and many of those old fashioned plants that no-one seems to grow anymore.

For the landscape designer, find out what all the fuss is about and why gardeners are passionate about plants. These specimens may be just the thing to give your next landscape installation that wow factor. Inspirational landscape plants will be there from aloes, bamboos, and so much more.

When looking to buy plants at this Expo, look for labels that tell you what the plant is. It should have a botanical name, and of course the common name. The plant should look healthy and free from any pests and diseases. We ask all exhibitors at this event to check their stock for quality!

Ask the sellers for tips on how to grow the plants you want to buy. Take the time to decide – take too long and someone else may buy it from under you!

If in doubt with any purchase, take a sit and listen to one of the seminars. Once you know that you definitely want to buy, head back to the exhibitor and buy the plant. With luck it will still be there.

Of course with all similar events, some of the best plants are sold early. Come early to avoid missing the best specimens.

And to help those plants grow, look for exhibitors that sell potting media, pots, fertilisers, organic pest control products and other related items.

We hope you enjoy your time at the 2012 Ipswich Plant Expo and if you did not find the plants you were after, tell us so we can source them for next year.

Queensland Subtropical Expo

2012 sees plant collectors arrive from across the state heading to the Ipswich Plant Expo. With a focus on South East Queensland residents, this event features all the plants and related products suitable for tropical, subtropical and warm climates.

Queensland subtropical gardeners will enjoy this Expo which will highlight the best and diverse range of plants that can be grown in this district, from tropical heliconias to warm temperate herbaceous perennials. The best of exotic and native plants will be on show and for sale.

This event is run by a successful event coordinator who is working with horticultural people to create a refreshing event for gardeners. It features some of the most respected Queensland horticulturists and celebrity garden presenters from television, radio, print and web.

Date: Saturday 3rd March
Ipswich Turf Club, 219 Brisbane Road, Bundamba QLD 4304
(enter via LT Cooney Avenue); 35 minutes drive west from Brisbane CBD.
UBD: 214 F14

aturday – 3rd March 2012 – 8:00am – 3:00pm

Gate Entry Price: $5.00 per adult
Free parking