Botanical Bazaar Garden Festival flourishes in 2018

Beginning four years ago, Botanical Bazaar started as a seed of an idea that has flourished into the Gold Coast’s biggest gardening extravaganza.

The 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 100 green inspired exhibitors will showcase their cherished plants, talents and products, which includes plant nurseries, herbalists, botanical artists, horticulturalists and sustainable living concepts.

Throughout the day celebrity gardeners such as ABC’s Gardening Australia, Jerry Coleby-Williams and Phil Dudman will take to the stage and present educational talks on various gardening topics. Presentations include; No Dig Gardening Concepts, Native Gardening for Biodiversity plus Herbal Healing Traditions to name just a few.

There will be a large variety of plants for sale from succulents to fruit trees, garden supplies and tools, small space gardening materials, botanical homewares, the Gold Coast Amateur Beekeeping Society open day and even a botanica art exhibition.

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 bucket loads to see and do.”

“New to the festival, there’ll 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, a delicious variety of local foods plus for the over 18’s the ‘Love Local Garden Bar’ will be open offering limoncello spiked cactus lamingtons and botanical inspired cocktails!

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 their 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 who purchase tickets online will receive a free gift. Tickets are available at the gate or online from botanicalbazaar.com.au.

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