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I Found It! Gippsland Garden and Home Expo

Today I have a review of the Gippsland Garden & Home Expo which is held every year at Lardner Park Victoria. This year it was on the 8th and 9th of October.
Lardner Park is situated in the beautiful rolling hills of rural Australia which is a 2 hour drive from the Melbourne CBD, during peak traffic. The entry fee is free for children under the age of 16 otherwise it is $10.00 per person and all entry proceeds go to the Drouin Lions Club and towards the local community, which is great. The parking spaces are well managed and you do not feel as if you are hunting for a spot.
©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016The first thing you will notice at this expo is the lack of ‘home’ store holders, out of the 142 store holders there was approximately 15 that were related to ‘Home’ goods. One store was advertising tiles/floors, another selling $24 thousand dollar Jacuzzis, people selling handmade toys and clothes and that was about it. The home section of the expo were all located in one of the large sheds towards the back of the show grounds which is what I would call the Bermuda triangle of the show. It seemed like they were almost tucked away in the back corner and forgotten about. If you are thinking of going to this Garden and Home Expo in the hope to see kitchen, home decor etc suppliers, you will be disappointed.  But if you are interested in going for the garden side of things you will find yourself having a a lot more fun. ©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016There are a lot of plants at this expo and I mean a lot and many of the store holders were selling very similar things. Almost every second store holder was selling the same Osteospermums for competing prices, I must admit I picked up 4 for $20 dollars which was a good buy. But there were a few stores that were selling some unusual and exciting items! If you want to go shopping for plants, which is what all us gardeners love to do, it is best to keep in mind many of the stores deal in cash and do not have EFTPOS. If you do forget to get money out, you can withdraw some cash at the information table but be prepared to wait in line as it is manually done via one person organising the money. I would recommend drawing money out in Dourin before getting to Lardner park.
©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016The one store that really caught my attention and got me excited was White House Nursery which are an online garden centre. I found one of the industries most sort after plants and it has been missing in action for the last 6 years at this store! (It has been missing from all garden nurseries that I know for that period of time). The Bleeding Heart plant, Dicentra spectabilis, has been on my wish list for the last 5 years and I never thought that I would stumble across it at the Gippsland Garden and Home Expo. I picked up four 6″inch (14 cm) pots, costing $12.50 each, which is a great buy. If you are lucky enough to find these plants in a garden centre they would probably be retailing anywhere from $20-30 dollars each for the same size pot.©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016So I got a little excited and I bought two of Dicentra spectabilis ‘Alba’ which is the white flowering form, one Dicentra spectabilis ‘Gold Heart’ which has golden toned foliage with pink flowers and one of the green form Dicentra spectabilis. But if you have also been hunting down this plant you can buy it off their website linked here©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016Over all I really enjoyed my day out and found some great buys. But the question remains, would I go again next year? Yes I would because it is a garden show that has a lot to offer in regards to plants. It does lack home style stores, garden tools and equipment but it has the potential to improve each year. Everyone is friendly and the quality of the plants were great. It was a fun day out and I would recommend going if you are a lover of plants.
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©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016©BMHPhotographyTheGardener’sNotebook2016Until next time, happy gardening!
By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

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