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Annual show keeps green club growing

IN BLOOM: Faye Wright and Mavis Wakefield prepare for the upcoming Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo.
IN BLOOM: Faye Wright and Mavis Wakefield prepare for the upcoming Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo. Rob Williams

THE Glebe Rd Uniting Church grounds will be transformed into a green thumb's paradise on August 30, as the Glebe Garden Club stages the Ipswich Home Gardener's Expo.

Now in its 13th year, the annual show is the major fundraiser for the growing local garden club, which boasts 150 members aged from children up to retirees in their 80s.

Club vice-president and founding member David Murphy said 68 stallholders would show off a wide variety of plants and garden-related products, while a range of guest speakers would provide valuable information on how to improve your home garden.

"We are a general garden club that is open to anyone and doesn't focus on a particular species," Mr Murphy said.

"We try to provide as many tips as we can on soil, compost and different species of plants."

The list of guest speakers includes plant nutritionist Andrew Woodford, native bee expert Russell Zabel, radio gardening show host Claire Lavender, organic crop protectant expert Leyland Minter and lily and herb expert Le-Anne Whittred.

Each speaker will provide up-to-date information to help Ipswich gardeners.

"The event always has a great atmosphere to it, which is why people tell us they keep coming back every year," Mr Murphy said.

In addition to plant stalls, there will also be plenty of food and live music from Fiddler's Inn.

Anyone can join the Glebe Garden Club.

For more information on the expo, or how to become a member of the club, phone Mavis Wakefield on 3281 0665 or David Murphy on 3288 8467 or 0415 503 314.

Green Thumb's delight

  • Ipswich Home Gardner's Expo.
  • Glebe Rd Uniting Church, August 30, from 8.30am-3pm.
  • 68 stalls and five expert guest speakers.
  • Food, drinks and live entertainment.



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