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Thousands turn up for Botanical Bazaar 2017!

What an amazing event we had in 2017! It was a perfect Spring Sunday to celebrate all things nature.

Thank you to the thousands of people who attended the Botanical Bazaar, plus our inspiring speakers, our quirky creatives and unique wonderful exhibitors.

As written by Nicholas McElroy, Gold Coast Bulletin on September 4, 2017 “GARDENING enthusiasts turned out in spades for the Gold Coast’s biggest gardening exhibition yesterday.

More than 5000 people took part in Botanical Bazaar supported by Tropical Fruit World.

The show held at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang boasted 80 exhibitors selling products including exotic mushrooms and backyard bee hives.

Organisers said crowds “ex-seeded” expectations which was in part thanks to a strong attendance by young families.”

To learn more about the Botanical Bazaar 2018, either complete our NEWSLETTER subscription on the home page or APPLY to exhibit in 2018.

Happy Gardening,
Stacey Panozzo, Event Director

Botanical Bazaar Blooms this Spring!

Botanical Bazaar Blooms this Spring!

The Gold Coast’s biggest Gardening Expo, the Botanical Bazaar is back by popular demand and will again be supported by Tropical Fruit World.

On Sunday, 3 September, the Botanical Bazaar will be blooming in its new 13-hectare home at the Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang. With celebrity gardens, more than 80 green inspired exhibitors, interactive workshops and kid’s activities, the Bazaar is expected to be a drawcard for thousands of nature lovers.

Costa Georgiadis, best known as a presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia TV program, and Gardening Australia Magazine Chief Horticultural Editor Phil Dudman will sow the seed about community and organic gardening. In addition, expert horticulturist Claire Bickle and co-inventor of the revolutionary Flow Hive Stuart Anderson will share their knowledge to encourage native animals and bees to your backyard.

The event will be complemented by award winning botanical artist Julia-Rose’s parade of stunning live masterpieces, along with floral and basket weaving workshops.

There will be an array of plants from orchids to native and succulents, garden materials and supplies, aquaponics, hydroponics and vertical gardens, even exquisite botanical homewares for sale.

Visitors will be able to learn everything they need to know about composting, buzzing bees, growing their own food, DIY self-watering garden beds and how to make their own cheese.

Kids can get crafty at the Mr Fothergill’s Kids Hub, hosted by local environmental educators, Natura Education. They can interact with baby farm animals, see a cow milking demonstration, be surrounded by beautiful butterflies, learn about snake safety, plus walk through the large community gardens.

A delicious variety of food offerings will be available, along with locally grown organic coffee and brewers bar for the over 18’s. All complemented by live and local tunes by Mattie Barker and Mick McHugh.

City of Gold Coast Greening Officer Saraya Robinson said the Bazaar will have something for everyone.

“If you’re a keen gardener or have an interest in plants, a visit to the Botanical Bazaar event is a must! It will be a fantastic event with loads to see and do.”

According to the Bazaar’s event organiser Stacey Panozzo it’s the absolutely one stop shop for everything botanical.

The Botanical Bazaar will be held at Country Paradise Parklands Nerang on Sunday, 3 September from 9am to 5pm with tickets from $5 to $15.

Avoid the queues and get your tickets online from www.botanicalbazaar.com.au


Appertiser of Botanical Bazaar

On Saturday 12th August at The Kitchens, Robina Town Shopping Centre, the Botanical Bazaar, supported by Tropical Fruit World will present a sneaky appetiser of what to expect at the Gold Coast Gardening Expo.

The appetiser will include free educational delights and botanical beauty, giving you a taste of what to expect at the Botanical Bazaar Gold Coast Gardening Expo (officially held Sunday 3rd September at Country Paradise Parklands, Nerang).

Here is what to expect:

11am -11.40am
Chef Samantha Gowing holding a cooking demo using Edible Flowers. Read more about Samantha here: www.foodhealthwealth.com

11.50am – 12.20pm
Sandra from Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm speaks about ‘Using your Herbal Harvest’. Read more information about Mudbrick Herb Farm here: www.herbcottage.com.au

12.30pm – 1.10pm
Chef Samantha Gowing holding a cooking demo using Herbs

1.20pm – 2pm
Julie from Composta Australia will give you tips on small space composting & growing edibles. Read more information about Composta here: www.composta.myshopify.com

2.10pm – 2.45pm
Shane from Space Plants presents ‘Do it Yourself’ vertical garden applications. Read more information about the Vertical Garden Specialist here:  www.verticalgardenspecialists.com.au


During this time come and view a stunning botanical art piece created by internationally acclaimed Botanical Artist Julia-Rose.

PLUS between 12th – 27th August botanical art will be on display at The Kitchens created by artist Leah McPherson.

Tickets to the Botanical Bazaar Gold Coast Gardening Expo will be available for purchase from The Kitchens.

Gold Coast Kids Go Green

Gold Coast Kids Go Green!


We are excited to anounce that along with Natura Education and Composta Australia we have launched a competition to encourage Gold Coast Primary School students to think a little greener.

We are now on the search for nature loving teachers and parents to be the driving force behind the competition and share the information with the school and students. The great thing about this competition is that small changes can make a big difference!


We are asking parents and teachers to encourage school students to design a green project idea for their school which will benefit the environment. They have 8 weeks to present the idea.


In return, 5 lucky schools will have a share in cash and prizes valued over $2,200 to put towards their schools green project. The prizes include;

1st Place:
* Half day of Natura Education nature-based lessons for the winning school which will include:
– one half day visit to the school (3 hours contact time), allowing 3-5 classes of up to 30 students to participate in 30 minute workshops (valued at $675)
* Visit by composting king and celebrity gardener Costa Georgiadis from ABC TV Gardening Australia to school on Friday 1st September
* $700 spending money towards your green initiative project
* Free entry to all students to Botanical Bazaar Gardening Expo 3rd September

2nd Place:
* $400 spending money towards your green initiative project
* Free entry to all students to Botanical Bazaar Gardening Expo 3rd September

3rd Place:
* $200 spending money towards your green initiative project
* Free entry to all students to Botanical Bazaar Gardening Expo 3rd September
* Composta with seedlings for school

4th & 5th Place:
* Composta and seedlings for school
* Free entry to all students to Botanical Bazaar Gardening Expo 3rd September


1. Student/s and school’s engagement and enthusiasm towards the project
2. The use of recycled materials where possible in the project
3. How it will benefit the environment (school &/or local community)


1. Teachers/parents submiting the entry are to LIKE the Facebook pages Natura Education, Botanical Bazaar & Composta Australia.
2. Join this group page (Gold Coast Kids Go Green) https://www.facebook.com/groups/kidsgogreen/
3. Students (assisted by teacher or parent) to design a green project that they would like to implement at their schoo and document it in presentation format. This maybe pictures, drawings or video.
4. Teacher or parent to post a picture, series of pictures or video of the green initiative project on this page.
5. When posting the project, add the name of your school in the comments along with 100 words or less about the project (if not seen / heard in the image or video)
6. Tag a miniumum of 3 other school parents or teachers when uploading the entry.


Competition opens 15 June 2017
Competition closes 10 August 2017, 5pm
Winner announced 15 August 2017


1. Entry to come from school teacher or adult ‘champion’ with awareness from the school.
2. Limited to Gold Coast primary schools
3. Must meet ‘How to Enter’ competition requirements (listed above)
4. Photos / videos must have appropriate permissions
5. Winning school to liaise with organisers to enable a visit from Costa to present the prize on 1 September 2017 with possible media attending
6. Scheduling of Natura Education lessons at the winning school within 3 months of receipt of the prize
7. Winning schools to provide photos of what they spend the prize money on for sharing on FB / newsletters / websites etc.
8. Regarding the one half day visit to the school (3 hours contact time), it includes one Natura educator which will allow for between 3-5 class groups to participate in 30 minute workshops. The class sizes to be a maximum of 30 students per class. A single lesson topic to be presented to all class groups (eg. composting, mini beasts, wetlands & waterways, sustainability, etc. according to our available primary school lesson plans)

World Environment Day 3 Things You Can Do

5th June, 2017 is World Environment Day.

World Environment day is recognized as a reminder that today is the day you can make a small change, which will make a big difference!

But what exactly do we classify as the environment and what can you do to help it?

The Environment

The environment is everything in the world the surrounds us and affects life on earth. This includes water cycles, plants, animals, air, food chains and other humans. Research is continuously being conducted to see what environmental affects are due to climate change, pollution, extinction and other destroying elements. The more that is discovered, the more information we have to make change.

The good news is, you can make a difference! It’s exciting to start a change and teach this change to others. Here are 3 more eco-friendly routines you can undertake in your daily living to start making that change happen.

1. Throw Less Stuff Away

  • Use reusable coffee cups, plates, cups, utensils when you have a party or go on a picnic
  • Use reusable bags when you go shopping
  • Declare a war on waste with clothing – shop at Salvo’s, buy less, buy better quality.

2. Reduce Food & Water Waste

  • Food share
  • compost or feed it to the worms & chickens
  • recycle
  • use the leftovers
  • preserve own food and dehydrate food
  • only boil what you need
  • shower don’t bath
  • use grey water and install a water tank for watering

3. Use less Fuel & Drive Less

  • bike ride
  • walk more
  • use public transport
  • car pool
  • Eat Local/Grow your own food to see less long haul travel

These are only a few things that you can start to do, or you may already be doing many of them. What 3 NEW things will you start doing in 2017 to help the environment?

4 Ways To “Fake” A Great Garden

4 Ways To Fake A Great Garden

Sometimes you don’t have room for a large garden, or you just can’t afford the upkeep. Gardens can be tough to maintain, so when you find a hack that will make your gardening life a bit easier, why not consider them! Here are a few ways you can “fake” a great garden, without too much hassle or cash!

Fake It ‘Til You Make It

If your backyard is too small or it’s paved, chances are you don’t have much grass around. Grass is a lovely way to “fake” a garden. It adds the illusion of fresh and well-groomed outdoor spaces, but sometimes you just can’t make the room for it. Grass is also can be a pain to keep under management, as it grows back the second you mow it! Artificial grass is a great alternative to real grass, and with the latest technology, synthetic grass doesn’t even look fake anymore! You can set it and forget it with synthetic grass, and give off the illusion of a garden. Win!

The Only Way Is Up

If you live in an apartment and you really don’t have room for a garden, you should consider going vertical. Vertical gardens are a beautiful alternative to a regular garden, and they take half the upkeep! You can Grab an old ladder and stack small, colourful pots on each rung, filling them with flowers. You can even fill the pots with veggies and herbs and make a mini veggie patch! Vertical gardens are basically living walls, and you can make them any way you want to!

Who Knows What’s In Store….

If you’ve got a extra space but your backyard is a real mess, you should consider to get a garden shed. Not only do they store away all of your items, they also give off the illusion of a well-groomed garden. You can choose depending on the size of your garden or aesthetic. They’re a win-win essential item to have in your backyard.

Foreshortening Is In Your Future

Scattering pots of different sizes can give off the illusion that your garden is large and in charge. If you place larger pot plants behind smaller ones, it can make your guests think that the garden is bigger than it really is. Foreshortening is a hugely convincing mind trick, as it gives off the illusion of a larger space, or a 3D space. This trick is done in art, which alludes to a three dimensional space, and you can do it with your garden!

If your garden is lacking a bit of green or it’s too small for a Versailles-inspired design, you can experiment with different sized pots and and come up with something out of the box and maybe up the wall. You can easily “fake” a garden, all it takes is some illusion and clever planning.

See the Flow, Taste the Honey

Have you heard of the Flow Hive? You may have seen one the team members of the Botanical Bazaar post a pic or two on Facebook Botanical Bazaar showing us extracting honey from our own Flow Hive. Check it out >

The Flow system is a whole new way of extracting honey from Langstroth-style European honeybee hives.

The brood box stays the same and when it comes to taking care of bees, but you still need to know how to look after your bees. We recommend attending a Bee Course Gold Coast in your local area or find a mentor to supply guidance on how to look after these incredible creatures. There is much to learn, but when you do the rewards as amazing.

Excittingly, the world-first Flow Frames have revolutionised the honey-extraction process. They’ve built an artificial foundation from BPA- and BPS-free food grade plastic, manufactured right here in Australia, on which the bees build their comb.

Plastic foundation in beehives is nothing new, but in a Flow Frame, the cells are almost complete. The bees fill the honey cells and cap them off.

When you insert the Key and split the honey cells, gravity does the rest of the work, and the honey simply flows into the trough, through the tube and into your jar. You’ll know when the honey is ready thanks to the Frames’ unique clear end-frame view and side observation window which let you see inside without taking off the lid and bothering the bees.

They Flow Inventors have designed the frame so no bees get harmed when the mechanism is activated and the extraction occurs, with little gaps they can safely hang out in while the honey flows out. In fact, when taking the honey from the hive, they hardly even know you are there!

Learn more about the Flow Invention and Inventors

We are lucky to have the Co-Inventor and Co-Founder of Flowhive, Stuart Anderson attend the Botanical Bazaar. Stuart will be available at the event to tell you all about this local invention that has international success. He is also happy to answer all your buzzing questions and will have Flowhives avialable for purchase on the day.

An introduction to Flow™ Hive from Flow Hive on Vimeo.

Learn how to Make a Glass Jar Garden

You don’t need an outdoor yard or balcony to grow lots of plants. Small house plants can be planted together to make a glass jar garden. This can make for an eye-catching display that needs very little watering or care.

To make one of these cuties you need;

  • Small Clay Pallets
  • Large Clear Jar
  • Small Charcoal pieces (or small pebbles/river rocks)
  • Fine compost
  • Long handled Spoon
  • Water
  • Small plants that love humidity
  1. Add expandable clay pallets for drainage to the inside of a glass jar garden. You can use a recycled glass, just make sure it has been cleaned sufficiently to avoid any fungus to grow,
  1. Add a thin layer of charcoal over the pallets to help reduce the composting clay smell and keep the habitat fresh,
  1. Fill a quarter of the glass jar garden with fine compost. Why not make your own compost!
  1. Push down the compost with your fingers or a spoon to firm up the soil,
  1. Make small planting holes in the compost and lower the plants into position then push the compost around the root balls of the plant with the spoon,
  1. When you have finished planting drop in some more clay pallets to fill any holes,
  1. Pour water gently into the glass jar garden until the compost is thoroughly wet,

Tip: If you leave the jar open you will need to water the compost regularly but if you close the lid the humidity inside the jar should self-water the plants. If you are choosing to place a lid on the jar garden, it is important to choose plants that thrive in a high humidity environment and enjoy natural/indirect indoor light. If you use to leave the lid off, there is more a vaierty of plants that will be suitable for the glass jar garden.

With a little love and care you should have plenty of years with your new glass jar garden. Enjoy the beauty!



New Garden Vegetable Selection in 3 Steps

3 Steps to planning a New Garden

When it comes time to start planning your vegetable garden for a new season, or if you are starting a new garden, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that you have the best yield. Once you have a garden area planned and know where you want to grow your garden, take some time to notice a few things.

  1. How much light will this new garden receive?

  2. What other vegetation or trees are growing near by the new garden?

  3. And what type of soil will I have available?

Most vegetables need full sun or need to spend most at of the day in a sunny location for best results. However, many of the leafy green vegetables like spinach, lettuce, bok choy, and beets, can withstand partial shade and still grow a healthy crop. Knowing your lighting and knowing how much sun your new garden gets, you can start to pick out vegetables that are best suited to the variables available to you. If you are set on growing these leafy greens in the hot summer sun, consider using shade cloth over the garden bed to protect it from the hottest part of the day.

It is also important to look at what, if anything, is growing around your new garden. Mature hedges generally have a large and shallow root mass that will quickly invade your garden space and steal water and nutrients from your garden. Large trees surrounding can drop their leaves on the garden and create unwanted shade. Ground creepers, and other invasive plants (eg weeds) will also invade your garden quickly, so it is important to try to select an area with as little competition as possible.

Soil is also important. Drier soils are better suited for certain vegetables, similarly, wetter or heavier soils, benefit other vegetable types. Unless you are planning to replace or import additional materials to your garden, try to work with the soil available, and to pick vegetables that are best suited. The soil will need extra nutrients throughout its growing cycle, so consider seaweed solution and worm tea on a rotation basis.

Once you have considered these three things, and know what it is that you want to grow, it is easy to maintain your new garden and to produce great edible plants with healthy, organic vegetables. Remember, growing a vegetable garden can be easy and a great way to spend more time outdoors and being active. Gardening is good for the soul.

It’s all about the Soil!

Soil – Your Secret to Success!

Growing a vegetable garden is easy, fun, and rewarding. Once you know what you want to grow, and how you want to lay your garden out, you need to focus on the medium you will be using – the soil.

Soil, for the most part, is the most important element of your vegetable garden. The right soil will help increase your yield, protect from disease, and provide nutrients to your plants, which in the long run, increases the harvest you make.

Most vegetables need to be planted in a medium that drains well, and does not retain too much access water. That being said, soils that drain too quickly will have an adverse effect on your garden, making it constantly dry out, and will cause your vegetable plants to go to seed prematurely. To create the perfect mixture to begin your vegetable garden, mix one part compost, with one part potting soil.

Soil that is perfect for vegetables will allow water to drain through it well, while still retaining moisture within itself. If you find that the mix you have is too heavy still, and is not draining out, add more universal potting soil to the mix to help make the medium fluffier and lighter. If you are growing your vegetable garden in pots, the same medium can be used, but it is a good idea to line the bottom of the pot with a little of loose gravel to provide further drainage.

Soil that does not drain sufficiently will cause your plants roots to rot, and encourages mold growth and disease among your plants. Ensuring that the soil is light enough to drain properly will also ensure aeration to the soil. Aeration encourages root health and also helps to air out and maintain soil health. At the end of each season, it is a good idea to remove and check your soil to ensure that the soil is rotated and renewed before replacing it to the pots, or if your vegetable garden is in the ground, it is a good idea to turn over your garden completely.

Research about what PH level your chosen vegetables you will be planting prefer. It is important to have the PH level of the soil correct as it can make all the difference. You may need to add or reduce the amount of lime or sulphur in the soil. These little elements will make all the difference.

Happy Growing!