New sponsor 2014 AIH

Welcome Australian Institute of Horticulture Inc. (AIH) as a new supporter for the 2014 Ipswich Plant Expo.Australian Institute of Horticulture

The Institute is an professional body for qualified horticulturists across Australia and overseas.

AIH will be sponsoring the ASK & SOLVE CORNER.

For more information about AIH, check out their dedicated page on our website.

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

New Release Book 2013

Exclusive New Releases at the Ipswich Plant Expo

Announcing the launch of ‘Garden Escapees become Environmental Weeds

Time: 9:30am – 10:00am

Venue: ‘How To’ Stage

Presenter: Bruce Tinworth (for Ipswich SGAP)

The aims and objectives of this publication are to:

  • Raise the public’s awareness of the issue of environmental weeds and reduce the weed management burden imposed upon taxpayers, conservation volunteers and the natural environment.
  • Highlight the inappropriateness of potentially invasive plants that displace unique and iconic Australian native flora.
  • Assist gardeners in making local native species their first choice, instead of accepting plants from thousands of kilometres away; thus demonstrating a pride in the unique plants endemic to their region.
  • Stimulate increased interest in the selective breeding of the listed alternatives and other native species so that future generations of gardeners can enjoy significantly more Australian native plants.

Normal RRP price $15.
Exclusive launch price at the Ipswich Plant Expo is only $10 and includes a free poster.


Book launch: Garden Escapees become Environmental Weeds by Bruce Tinworth

Book launch: Garden Escapees become Environmental Weeds by Bruce Tinworth


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).