Jacqui Mitchell with her Vanda Species orchid at the Wondai Garden Expo, Saturday April 21, 2018.
Jacqui Mitchell with her Vanda Species orchid at the Wondai Garden Expo, Saturday April 21, 2018. Christian Berechree

Gardener's paradise just in time for spring

EXCITEMENT sprouts in the South Burnett as locals anticipate the 21st Spring Wondai Garden Expo, happening this weekend at the Wondai Sports Grounds.

Those planning to attend will be delighted by 108 garden, home and décor stalls, 40 nurseries, and the opportunity to witness three expert guest speakers from Bunya Valley Landcare Incorporated, expo president Helen Young said.

"We have Jason Reimers who has a garden and soil business outside of Murgon, Geoff Robinson who will be talking about native plants and bush food, as well as Jan Kesby, who works in our nurseries," Mrs Young said.

Visitors are also encouraged to participate in the event raffle, which will contain $500 worth of garden equipment and other prizes, provided by the Wondai Garden Club and community donations.

"Our Garden Club raffles are always really well supported, because they always come up with the most marvellous prizes... it's a big Garden Club and community effort," Mrs Young said.

Overall, she expects about 3000 people to attend over the weekend, including both tourists and South Burnett residents.

"We are expecting some bus trips this time, which is nice, because we don't normally have them in the spring, so that should help boost numbers a bit," Mrs Young said.

Fortunately, the Wondai Garden Expo will have plenty of volunteers to help host.

"There will be 40 or 50 possibly," Mrs Young said.

These volunteers will include members of the Proston and Wondai Lions clubs, the Wondai CWA, the Wondai Junior Rugby League club, as well as the many Garden Club members who will help set up the event.

"There's a huge volunteer effort, really," Mrs Young said.

"The quality of the stalls just keeps getting better and better too, because people that have been coming here for a while with their own stalls, they pass the word on to their friends who have stalls too."

Mrs Young would like to remind attendees to respect the official opening time at 8am.

"We look forward to seeing everybody there, it pays to be seen at the Wondai Garden Expo," she said.

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