Plants, Petals and Permaculture at Botanical Bazaar

It’s ba-ack! The greenest festival around returns in 2019 with a range of joyous botanical goods and events for the whole family.

Imagine being surrounding by thousands of plants whilst enjoying a picnic lunch and listening to live tunes by soulful folksters Leopold’s Treat. At Botanical Bazaar Gold Coast Garden Festival on 4 August, you can do just that.

This festival is a nature lover’s dream. Not only are there plants, sustainable living concepts, celebrity gardeners and more than a dozen inspiring educational talks, visitors can also participate in hands on workshops.

Popular horticulturalist, ABC radio regular and garden journalist Claire Bickle will be hosting an Indoor Plant Success 101 workshop and Gardening for Pollinators Masterclass this year. The workshops provide one on one teachings about how to best care for your indoor plants and how to attract more bees, butterflies and bugs to your garden.

“For the Indoor Plant workshop, there is a small group of us that get together amongst nature and frolic over plants,” says Claire. “Who wouldn’t love that? Oh and there is plenty of learning and sharing to happen too, plus attendees get to take their your own indoor plant home to help build their own indoor jungalow.”

Other workshops to be experienced at Botanical Bazaar include: Botanical Dyeing, where you learn what plants and kitchen waste can be used for dyeing; Basket Weaving, where you make and take your own weaved basket hosted by artist Rebecca O’Connell; and Flower Crown Making, with award-wining florist Julia-Rose.

“New to this year’s festival we’ve introduced permaculture education and will have nature-based community groups sharing information about what is happening in our own backyard and community,” explains Event Manager, Stacey Panozzo,

“We’re also lucky to have Gold Coast Rotary involved with the co-ordination of the festival. This makes it a truly community driven day where profits go towards helping build stage two of the Sensory Gardens for all abilities in Nerang and other community initiatives.”

Botanical Bazaar, supported by Councillor Peter Young from Division 5 is at Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang on Sunday 4 August from 9am to 4pm. To pre-purchase your tickets to any of the workshops or festival entry, visit

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