ABOUT WONDAI GARDEN EXPO
We have pleasure in promoting Wondai Garden Expo as a destination, not just an event.
The best and most successful regional events have a history of encouraging and supporting peripheral activities, and Wondai Garden Expo is no exception.
We are fortunate that the South Burnett Orchid Society has moved its Annual Show to Wondai, where they are catered for very well by Wondai RSL. This Show is held on the Autumn Saturday, to our mutual benefit. Beautiful plants and flowers of Orchids of all descriptions are a sight to behold, supported by sales of specialist growers’ supplies and potted plants.
Wondai Garden Expo Inc is proud to be the major sponsor of the Wondai Regional Art Gallery’s April showing, which features Gardens of the South Burnett, depicted in all mediums. This is an Open competition and attracts high class entries from artists throughout Australia. The Official Opening is held on the first Friday evening in April, where Garden Expo representatives present the awards. The Showing is open for the month of April and adds another element to a wonderful weekend in the district.
With all the other district attractions on offer, there is much to attract visitors to come and stay awhile in Queensland’s best backyard!
HISTORY OF THE WONDAI GARDEN EXPO
In 1996 It was taken up by Wondai and District Garden Club and run as an annual Autumn show, going from strength to strength. Eventually, under new management, consumer demand led to an experimental one-day Spring event which proved to be so popular that it was added to the calendar as an annual 2-day show as well.
In its present form, Wondai Garden Expo Inc is managed by an independent incorporated Committee which is comprised of members of Wondai District Garden Club Inc as well as other community representatives.
Our Garden Expos have a strong core focus on attracting top quality specialist nurseries, where the plants are, in the main, grown by the people who sell them and who are able to give specialist advice to the keen gardener. Southern inland Queensland is unique because our gardens can grow plants from most climatic regions, and the Nurseries which attend Wondai Garden Expo display this diversity beautifully.
Stalls selling allied gardening products, attractive home decorator items, gift lines and health products add colour and interest for the keen shopper.
Add to this the beautiful surroundings in a pretty rural setting, with good facilities and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, and it is easy to imagine how this event has become so well- known and respected by both stallholders and visitors.
It is a tribute to the Committee and supporters that Wondai Garden Expo has had such a long history of success, being second only to the Agricultural Shows in its longevity and we owe a heartfelt thank- you to the large body of volunteers who turn up for each event to make it the best that it can be.
FROM TO COMMITTEE
From the President.
“Agriculture is necessary for a living. Horticulture makes life worthwhile”.
It’s a long time since I came across this saying, and I’ve no idea who was responsible for these wise words, but every time Garden Expo comes around I am mindful of just how essential both of these pursuits are to the quality of our lives.
Whether we grow just a few plants in pots, or farm over hectares of land, the principals are the same. Caring for the environment, careful selection and care of plant species and varieties, and husbanding the resources of water and soil are all vital aspects of this oldest of professions.
Two objectives are of primary importance: the preservation of the genetics of historically important and sometimes rare plant varieties and species, and the nurture of our environment. Take as an example the work of such worthy bodies as Heritage Roses in Australia Inc.
Attention to these details ensures that generations to follow will have a genuine future in Australian horticulture. Learning to be a better gardener is just as important as taking advantage of all that farming science and experience has to offer.
I sincerely trust that your visit to Wondai Garden Expo meets all of your expectations and that you appreciate our event as much as we get satisfaction from presenting it to you.
Helen Young, President,
And the Committee Members of Wondai Garden Expo.
Wondai Garden Expo gives generously to the Community:
South Burnett Regional Council and the Wondai Sportsground: New shelter constructions, extra caravan powerhead outlet and general repairs and maintenance to the Sportsground.
Donations to organizations which offer services to Expo: Lions Clubs of Proston and Wondai; Wondai QCWA Branch; Wondai Regional Art Gallery
The Expos give the opportunity to charity and social groups to earn funds and present themselves to the public, eg Goomeri Lions Chip Van, Wondai Masonic Lodge cook-out, Wondai-Proston Junior Rugby League Club, Wondai Lion Canteen, Coverty Creek Community Benefit Club and any others who wish to take part. Sites are free for not-for-profit bodies.
There are other potential projects on the Sportsground and in the community which will be considered as funds become available.
Meetings of the Committee are held monthly except for the month of December, usually on the second Monday afternoon at 2pm in the RSL Wondai unless otherwise decided.
The AGM is held at the first meeting in January. All positions are honorary except for our Secretary.
New members are always welcome, and we are considering being more flexible with some of our meetings to suit those who work on those days.
The Committee may be contacted by email to email@example.com or phone 4168 9297.