GARDEN EXPO: Micro Gardener Anne Gibson will be conducting two hands-on workshops during this year's Queensland Garden Expo.
GARDEN EXPO: Micro Gardener Anne Gibson will be conducting two hands-on workshops during this year's Queensland Garden Expo. AdrienneCatherall

Polish up skills and learn new ones at Garden Expo

COLOURFUL creations will come alive at the three-day Queensland Garden Expo which is on July 12-14 at the Nambour Showgrounds.

Delve into the world of bees, bromeliads, composting, camellias and much, much more across 40,000 plants, 360 plus exhibits and eight stages offering more than 120 lectures and demonstrations.

Micro gardener and Palmwoods resident Anne Gibson will be back for a seventh year in the Giant Kitchen Garden for two hands-on sessions for beginners through to more advanced gardeners. "It doesn't matter what stage the gardener is at, they will get something to walk away with," Anne said.

On Saturday morning Anne will talk about how to get your timing right when it comes to seasonal gardening and moon planting. "It's for anyone in South-East Queensland," Anne said. "We have five seasons locally and most people don't know that."

She will tie that learning into what to plant in each of those seasons, and then what to plant each month based on the moon.

"The moon has a monthly cycle and it goes through different phases which affects the pull of the water on the earth, like you see with the tides." The cycles affect soil moisture and how the water is pulled up into the plant and roots at different times of the month.

On Sunday morning at 10.15am Anne will be delving into soil, seeds and seedlings, and microgreen.

"This session will be about plant parenting," Anne said. She will talk about what to do, when to do it and how to save time by planting seedlings rather than seeds.

"If someone is a beginner, often they really don't have the confidence to plant from seeds," Anne explained. "And I will do a demonstration on microgreens, explaining about the health benefits of them."

Other exciting presenters will be Sophie Thomson, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Paul West, Phil Dudman and Claire Bickle.

Joining them for the first time is Dr Tim Heard, an entomologist, ex-CSIRO research scientist and long-term stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees will be sharing his wealth of knowledge on stingless beekeeping, using stingless bees for pollination and sugarbag honey. 

Adults tickets cost $20 per day and Pensioner concession $18. A two day pass costs $30 and three-day pass $45. Gates open 8am daily.

Tickets can be purchased from qldgardenexpo.com.au or by at the gate.