Small town garden expo to be a ‘blooming’ success

The Wondai Garden Expo is a 'must do' for the Easter long weekend. Picture: Contributed

The Wondai Autumn Garden Expo will be held on 16 and 17 April at the Wondai Sportsground and Lions Pavilion.

What does Wondai Garden Expo mean to you?

Feeling a bit wilted? browned off? just plain fed up? …then a day out at Wondai Autumn Garden Expo may be just the pick-me-up you need!

After recording the second best ever attendance at the 2021 Spring Expo, the Committee feels justified in proceeding with regular events in the face of trying and disappointing times as event after event is postponed or cancelled because of the restrictions forced on us due to Government Covid-19 control measures.

The team at Wondai Garden Expo Inc believes that our events have an increasingly important role to play in helping to ease a lot of this distress.

Yes, we know it is a famously convenient and trusted venue for the sale of plants and other exciting items but the team at Wondai Garden Expo believe it is much more than that.

Working in the soil amongst plants is one of the great healers we can utilise in our lives, and yes, you SHOULD talk to your plants – they are always glad to see you, will keep secrets, and never answer back!

Garden Expo is perfectly situated to help people indulge in many aspects of this pastime. Whether you are meeting with friends, having a family day out or just enjoying some well-earned solitude, time spent at the Expo may be just the ticket to feeling much happier about the world in general.

Because this Expo coincides again with the Easter weekend we expect to receive a lot of travellers to Wondai.

For those wishing to find out more about accommodation venues please phone the Visitor Information Centres at Wondai 41 899 251, Murgon 41 899 387 or Kingaroy 41 899 172. Local hotels in Proston, Hivesville and Wooroolin also offer rooms and meals.

Hang out in the auditorium for a break and listen to our great line-up of guest speakers. They include Brisbane area coordinator for Heritage Roses in Australia Barbara Beeling, who will do a presentation on Saturday morning at 11am following the Official Opening. Returning to the Expo scene after an absence of some years is Margaret Paterson, noted Tillandsia breeder from Gympie, who along with her son Grant Paterson of Mackay Gardens will do presentations on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

There will be no Orchid Society Show this year but we welcome the South Burnett Orchid Society who will have a display and plants for sale in the pavilion.

Flyers and entry forms are available at many local outlets, can be downloaded from the Garden Expo web site or phone secretary Jodi on 0413 115 495

The Wondai Regional Art Gallery has the Expo sponsored Garden -themed competition opening on Friday 1 April, where Expo President Damion Biltoft and Vice President Peter Biltoft will be on hand to present the awards.

There has been a change to the Executive Committee for Garden Expo. Treasurer Carol Mitchell and husband Bob have stepped back from having an active role and retiring President Helen Young saw this as an ideal opportunity to pass on the reins to a new representative in Damion Biltoft. Helen has taken on the Treasury and will still be part of Expo management.

What: Wondai Autumn Garden Expo

When: 16-17 April 2022.

8 am – 4.30 pm Saturday, 8 am – 1.00 pm Sunday

Location: Wondai Sportsground & Lions Pavilion, Bunya Highway, Wondai

Tickets: Available at the gate.

Adults: $5/one day or $8/2 days

Tour groups of 10 or more $4.00 per adult, pre-paid.

Children U15 free