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Welcome to our Expo News & Blog page

Welcome to the news and blog section of our expo page.

We hope you have Saturday 25th August 2018 set aside in your diary for the Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo!

Helpful comments are invited in relation to this event…….especially from stall holders wanting to advertise their stall and/or products.

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2018 Count Down

Counting Down To The 2018 Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo

The countdown for the 2018 Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo has begun!

If you haven’t already done it, mark Saturday 25th August in your diary for this event.

Something for everyone – fantastic bargains, excellent guest speakers, food and entertainment all day. There is a Drop-Off and Pick-Up point for buses and easy access for wheel chairs to all venues on site. For extra cash, an ATM is available and the Plant Crèche has easy pick-up for cars. We hope to see you there!

Download a copy of the Flyer for the Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo:

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It’s over for now – see you in 2018.

The Ipswich Home Gardner’s Expo was another tremendous success again this year.

Thank you to our speakers and guests and especially to the thousands of gardeners who came along to take part.

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Counting Down To The 2017 Ipswich Gardener’s Expo

The countdown for the 2017 Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo has begun!

If you haven’t already done it, mark Saturday 26th August in your diary for this event. Something for everyone – fantastic bargains, excellent guest speakers, food and entertainment all day. There is a Drop-Off and Pick-Up point for buses and easy access for wheel chairs to all venues on site. For extra cash, an ATM is available and the Plant Crèche has easy pick-up for cars.  We hope to see you there!

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Welcome to our Expo News & Blog page

Welcome to the news and blog section of our expo page.  We hope you have Saturday 27th August 2016 set aside in your diary for the Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo! Helpful comments are invited in relation to this event…….especially from stall holders wanting to advertise their stall and/or products.

Counting down to the 2016 Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo

The countdown in on to the 2016 Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo has begun! If you haven’t already done it, mark Saturday 27th August in your diary for this event. Something for everyone – Fantastic bargains, excellent guest speakers, food and entertainment all day. We hope to see you there!

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Giving your plants the best start

Did you pick up some great plant bargains at our expo on the weekend? To give your new babies the best start in your garden, take a little extra care when transplanting them. Do you have any favourite tips? Here are a few suggestions:
starting-to-garden-gloves1. Before planting, water your potted plants until water is running out the bottom of the pots or soak in a diluted seasol (or equivalent) mixture for a few minutes. The seasol will stimulate root development and help lessen transplant shock.
2. Prepare a hole 3 to 4 times bigger than the pot your plant came in and at least 1 ½ times deeper. This is a good time to add organic matter to the soil you removed when digging the hole. You can use compost, leaf mould, well-rotted manure, or peat moss. Put some of this mixture back in the hole to form a base on which to place the plant.
3. Fill the hole with water or with diluted seasol mixture.
4. Loosen the soil in the pot carefully, place your hand over the top of the pot so that the plant is between two fingers, and invert the pot to remove the plant.
5. Check the roots. Small pots are often root bound and form a thick layer on the outside of the root ball. It is very important that you correct this, or the roots will keep growing round and round and never move out into the garden soil. Cut the roots on the sides and bottom of the root ball with a knife. This will not hurt the plant and in fact will stimulate it to produce more roots.
6. Place the plant into the hole and fill it half full of water. This process ensures that the roots are drenched and that no air pockets are in the soil near the roots.
7. Fill the hole with the remaining soil, making a raised ring of soil around the plant. This will create a small trench around the plant that you can fill with water until the plant is established. Water again.

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Check out the expo photos!

We hope you all enjoyed our Expo!  Check out our photo gallery for a few photos of the day. A very special Thank You to everyone who attended and helped make the day yet another successful expo event.

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Are you an expo early bird?

Are you an early bird who likes to get in early for the best plants and then wonder how you are going to carry them around? Never fear! We have a Plant Creche to look after all your goodies for you, so you can have time to leisurely enjoy the expo. 🙂

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Fantastic guest speakers at this years’ expo!

We have some fantastic guest speakers at this years’ expo! Alan Singleton will be speaking on ‘the art of wick gardening’ (very important with further droughts predicted); Noel Burdette will be speaking on ‘more flowering plants for gardens’ (essential for pollinators and beneficial insects); Jerry Coleby-Williams will speak on ’21st century cottage gardens’ (yes, it is possible in our climate!); Shirley Dance will enlighten us on ‘growing and caring of roses’ (it’s not as hard as you think) and finally, Le-Anne Whittred will be giving a demonstration on ‘cooking with herbs’ (yum!). See you at the expo!

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Counting down to our annual Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo!

One week from today!! The countdown in on to our annual Ipswich Home Gardener’s Expo! Something for everyone – Fantastic bargains, excellent guest speakers, food and entertainment all day. We hope to see you there! 🙂

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