Beginning four years ago, Botanical Bazaar started as a seed of an idea that will this year flourish into the Gold Coast’s biggest gardening extravaganza.
The Gold Coast Garden Festival, Botanical Bazaar is expected to see more than six thousand gardening enthusiasts walk through the gates to the Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang on Sunday, 16 September.
More than 90 green inspired exhibitors will showcase their cherished plants, talents and products, which includes specialist plant nurseries, herbalists, botanical arts, landscape design and sustainable living concepts.
Throughout the day celebrity gardeners will take to the stage and present educational talks on various gardening topics. ABC’s Gardening Australia, Jerry Colbey-Williams and Phil Dudman, plus Natura Pacific Environmentalist, Dr Mark Nadir Runkovski are just some of the speakers joining the festival.
There will be a large variety of plants for sale from succulents to fruit trees and orchids, garden supplies and tools, small space gardening materials, organic beauty products and even botanical homewares. 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 ferment their own food.
According to Event Manager Stacey Panozzo, it’s a full day of green goodness for all ages of nature lovers.
“If you’re a keen gardener or have an interest in sustainable living, a visit to the festival is a must! It will be a fantastic day out with loads to see and do. ”
“New to the festival, there’ll also be a Medicinal Herb and Health Hut with free workshops and demonstrations by qualified herbalists and healing practitioners,” she said.
Young minds will be fertilized with lots of fun and interactive green learning. They can play with baby farm animals, be surrounded by beautiful butterflies, make flower crowns and see fairy gardens.
Live entertainment will be provided by Leopold’s Treat and a delicious variety of local food and beverage offerings will be available.
With the environment always top of mind, there’ll be a ban on the sale of single use water bottles.
“To help reduce our landfill, we’re asking everyone to bring your own reusable water bottle and fill up at the free water station on the day,” said Stacey.
This year’s event is supported by Councillor Peter Young from Division 5, City of Gold Coast and will be held at Country Paradise Parklands Nerang on Sunday, 16 September from 9am to 4pm.
Tickets are $15 for adult and children are free. In addition, those people who pre-purchase tickets will receive a free garden education e-book written by author John Mason from ACS Education.
Tickets available at the gate or on this website from 1st May.