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 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).



Subtropical Queensland

South East Queensland is generally described as a subtropical climate. Summers are humid with rainfall, winters cool and dry. There is not much of a spring or autumn resulting in the natural flora and garden plants best showing off their inate beauty during late summer for the tropical plants, and in September-October for a short spring bloom.

The Ipswich Plant Expo celebrates the subtropical climate for Queensland… covering the regions of Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Gold Coast and north to Gympie. Districts such as the Northern Rivers of New South Wales and down to Sydney are also embraced for this garden fair.

Subtropical and tropical plants, as well as warm temperate plants (sometimes marginal in the average subtropical garden) are all present at this event.

The secret to a successful garden and landscape us to choose plants suited to your ckimate

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.

Collectible and Rare Plants

All too often gardeners are restricted in what they can buy from local garden centres and nurseries. The majority of outlets sell the same old stuff – lillypillies, mock orange, daisies, mondo grass, lomandra, duranta, etc. Talk about mundane and boring! Not all is bad news.

There are a few fabulous retail outlets that go beyond the call of normality and drabness. These innovative and forward thinking outlets supply plants that gardeners want… that they look for… what they search for… what they are willing to pay for. These are the outlets that gardeners love to go shopping at and tell their friends. Unfortunately, there are far too few of these garden centres left in Queensland and other states of Australia. Why?

Gardeners seek to experiment, be adventurous and like to try the impossible. They want to source plants that the ‘experts’ say they cannot grow. They want to track down the impossible. They enjoy informing others of their challenges, trials and success so that others can learn from what they have done. For this reason gardening is not only a hobby, its an ‘addiction’ – one that is embraced and encouraged amongst the gardening fraternity.

Collectible and rare plants are the most desired of all plants. They showcase a gardener’s skill in tracking the plant down and growing it to maturity. They differentiate the passionate gardener from beginner or the ‘desktop’ gardener. It is this passion, this drive, this fascination for horticultural specimens that the Ipswich Plant Expo fosters and supports.

Collectors of plants – this event is for you.

Growers of rare, unusual and forgotten plants – this event is for you to sell these specimens to the public who want them.

The Ipswich Plant Expo works with horticulturists and garden experts to create an event everyone will enjoy.