Botanical Bazaar blooms once more

Beloved gardening festival Botanical Bazaar has announced its 2021 return, amidst an explosion in horticultural activity amongst Gold Coast residents. 

Gold Coast’s premier gardening and sustainability festival, Botanical Bazaar, is the place where urban gardeners and nature lovers connect; a truly community driven day, with all profits raised being directed to community causes such as domestic violence, homelessness, youth development and The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

Excitingly, the popular event will now run over two days, extended by organisers due to the cancellation of the 2020 festival and the proliferation of backyard and balcony gardeners on the Gold Coast during the last 18 months.

Hosted as always at the stunning Country Paradise Parklands in Nerang, the event will be held on Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August and will cater to the needs of nature enthusiasts all over the Gold Coast.

According to Gold Coast Rotary Event organiser, David Baguley, the decision to increase the down-to-earth event to two days was inspired by the recent surge in sales of gardening commodities across the country, with Australian nurseries struggling to keep up with the blossoming demand for both edible and ornamental plants.

“We feel there really is no better time to host a gardening event on the Gold Coast and keep community connections thriving,” David said.

“Not only does gardening keep you physically fit, but it also gets you outdoors and allows you to appreciate the farming process of paddock to plate.”

Plus, you get the benefits of digging your hands into the earth and connecting with nature, which makes you feel alive!

This year the event will host ABC Gardening Australia’s Sophie Thomson, Jerry Coleby-Williams, and the much-loved friend of the festival, Costa Georgiadis, with more speakers to be announced soon.

There will be over 80 green-inspired exhibitors, plus celebrity gardener’s talks, demonstrations, hands-on workshops, guided bush tucker walks, botanical art, community groups and plenty of kids’ nature activities.

Visitors can explore plant nurseries and landscape designers, shop for garden materials and tools, organic beauty products and even botanical homewares.

Keen to get cracking but don’t know how? Learn how to grow your own food, set up urban and small space gardening, how to create a habitat garden, how to live off-grid, composting, and more sustainable living concepts.  If growing edibles is your passion, then join in on a show and tell of exotic plants that are easy to grow, harvest and create surprising dishes.

There will be lots of food and drink vendors to keep you fed and watered – and speaking of water, you’ll need to bring your won refillable water bottle, as the event is plastic-free.

As always, live entertainment forms a huge part of the festival’s appeal. On Saturday crowds will welcome The Vegetable Plot – an ARIA Award nominee using the power of music and storytelling to help kids fall in love with veggies, with earthy, “soilful” music that appeals to adults just as much as kids.  Sunday sees the welcome return of favourite local music artist Kate Leopold (& Treats).  There will also be buskers, stilt walkers and street entertainers.

The Kid’s Hub is back as well this year, with a bunch of nature-inspired arts and crafts, magic pony rides and The Tiny Animal Farm.  Expect surprise visits from Captain Plastic, Little Bee’s Secret Garden and a visit from the chicken dancing Costa the Garden Gnome.

Tickets are on sale now, with concession and family tickets also available.  Purchase before 7 July to go into the draw to win a $100 Bunnings Voucher. Due to Covid restrictions, there are limited tickets available, and they must be pre-purchased online from botanicalbazaargc.com.au.

Botanical Bazaar is once again proudly presented by Rotary Gold Coast and Division 5 Councillor Peter Young.

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