Delicate beauty: Champion orchid, exhibited by John and Kaye Green.
Delicate beauty: Champion orchid, exhibited by John and Kaye Green. David Crossley

Thousands flock to garden expo

THE garden gnomes were out in force at the Gympie Garden Expo on the weekend, and so were the garden enthusiasts, with close to 2000 visitors through the gates.

Gardening identity Dot Crane, The Gympie Times’ own “Garden Gnome” judged the inaugural competition and according to Henry Cross, president of the Gympie Horticultural Society, it was a great success with around 40 entries.

Mr Cross said Herb and Val Vidler took out the traditional section and Norm and Jeanette Breen won the decorated gnome section.

“People thought it was marvellous,” Mr Cross said.

Competition in the horticultural plant section of the expo was fierce with double the number of entries compared to last year.

Local green thumb Ian Wenzel took out the grand champion exhibit with a magnificent fern. Busloads of garden lovers made the trip to Gympie, coming from Bundaberg, Maryborough, Hervey Bay and the Coral Coast.

While they enjoyed everything about the expo, Mr Cross said they particularly loved the open gardens, courtesy of John and Kaye Green at Lagoon Pocket and Greg Elstob and Sue Branch at Gympie’s Southside and the orchid display.

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