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.

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

Click here for more information about the speakers.

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).



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

UBD reference: 214 F15

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

A passion for fruit

Valentine’s Day is coming up… and what better way to celebrate this day than with a luscious passionfruit!

Passionfruit is a short lived climbing plant with lush green leaves, stunning intricate scented flowers and delicous fruit. Life of a plant is only a few years – if it is still bearing after 5 years you are lucky as most plants only tend to last around 3 years.

If your plant is producing a lot of foliage and growth, it is likely you are applying too much fertiliser.

If the plant is producing shrunken fruit that are withered or wrinkly, the typical causes are nurtient deficiencies, stung fruit by pests (such as fruit spotting bugs and fruit fly) or poor pollination.

If fruit fall off before getting to a reasonable size, typically this is the result of poor pollination (why are there no bees!) and lack of micronutrients in the soil.

Overall these plants tend to be easy to grow in warm climates but should be treated as a short-lived plant. If your plant is 5 years or older and does not crop well, pull it out and buy a fresh one. If it is 3 years of age, keep it for another year.

Even if you do not like the fruit, the passion it can inspire with its delightful scent is sufficient reward to grow this vine.