Tonight I am taking a break from the Plastic Free July posts and want to share our day that we spent at the Garden Expo in Nambour. This 3 day event is held each year in July and attracts over 35,000 visitors.
Although we do not go every year this was our third visit and we spent several hours looking at exhibits, buying plants and listening to some of the many presentations.
Here is a selection of the goodies we bought. They include a finger lime, 4 hibiscus, 3 kangaroo paw, 6 lomandra and 4 punnets of flower seedlings as well as a new pair of secateurs and a bottle of organic herbicide.
There was a reason for everything we bought. I have always wanted a finger lime (native citrus) and was excited to see them available at the show. The hibiscus will join the existing ones which are planted in front of the verandah. We already have a yellow kangaroo pay so am hoping to have success with the new ones – dark red, orange-red and pink. The lomandra will be planted on the steep escarpment at the back of our block. We will be using the organic herbicide to reduce some of the nasty weeds beforehand and hope that the lomandra will help to suppress the regrowth of weeds while the previously planted trees become more established. The secateurs will replace 2 pairs that have well and truly seen better days.
Aside from our purchases, we saw several exhibits offering items which are of interest to us including solar exterior lighting and gabion walls. Thanks to the internet we will look into these in more detail at our leisure.
There were many booths and exhibits promoting a huge range of products and services relating to gardening, home and leisure. One which was a standout for me was promoting an online platform called Spare Harvest. This has been set up right here on the Sunshine Coast by Helen Andrew, however, it is designed to be able to be accessed by people all over the world. I am reminded of the phrase, “Mighty oaks from little acorns grow”. This great new example of the power of the sharing economy is in its early stages but with your participation and promotion could grow to become a global phenonomen. If you are interested in buying, selling, sharing or swapping garden produce, plants or resources please take a look and get involved.
We were excited to attend presentations by Jerry Coleby-Williams and Sophie Thompson from ‘Gardening Australia’. Jerry’s topic was ‘Sustainable gardening in context’ and he made some very interesting points. The talk included many examples from his personal experience and having had the opportunity to visit his garden some years ago we were able to visualise exactly what her was talking about. The first talk we saw was Sophie Thompson’s presentation on ‘Gardening for health and wellbeing’. Sophie is a passionate speaker and knowledgeable about her subject. Many of the statistics she quoted from well-regarded studies bore out what many gardeners have known for years. Sophie’s other talk was titled ‘Saving the world with gardening’ and while the title may have been slightly tongue-in-cheek, she clearly showed how this can be done but we have to start with ‘saving’ ourselves, our families, our neighbourhoods and communities. The point was that we really can make a difference.
I have come home inspired to do more – gardening, growing and sharing.