The perfect weekend for green thumbs and budding gardeners where you can meet more than fourty nurseries and plant growers with a vast range of bulbs, plants and perennials on offer in the one location. Gather knowledge with free gardening talks and information all weekend or directly pick the brains of your favourite grower or specialist.
Alameda Homestead Nursery – Judy and David are Australia's largest producers of hybrid clematis, producing approximately 80,000 plants. New Release varieties on sale. Alameda Homestead Nursery also produces Wisteria, Mandevilla, Stephanotis, Phaseolus and Lavender.
Antique Perennials – Matt specialises in rare perennials, alpines, and bulbs. This includes some remarkable Primulas, Epimediums and Geraniums and a range of Prairie and Woodland species. A wonderfull opportunityy to find something great from a wholesale nursery not normally open to the public.
Australian Begonia Company Candybell – Martin is a Begonia expert. He is bringing a huge display of magnificent, large flowering Tuberous Begonias. These are beautifully grown big plants in full glorious flower. He will have his extensive range of lovely Australian bred varieties. They will be both on display and on sale. He also has Cane type and Rex begonias, Lapageria and Streptocarpus.
Australian Bulb Company – Marie has grown all her lovely plants specially for this event, she has a range of rare and unusual perennials, shrubs and trees including Ginger lilies,Carnations, Lisianthus and other exotic perennials. She also has rare Itoh Peony hybrids plus a range of other Peonies. She stocks special Brugmanisas, Galanthus and Trilliums.
Australian Rhododendron Society (Victoria) – A wealth of in-depth knowledge and wisdom all about the wonders of the colourful Rhododendron genus. Vireya Rhododendrons are in flower at the time so they will be the focus of the show. Also included is a range of new, rare and unusual species for show and sale on the weekend.
Bamboo Creations - grow some of the World's most beautiful and exotic bamboos; from the Himalayas comes the rare and beautiful red bamboo called 'Candy cane'. From Mexico we have the stunning Mexican weeping bamboo. You will also find bamboo with cane colors ranging from blue, purple, black to electric yellows with green pinstripes. There are ground covers to tall timber giants.
Bass Valley African Violets – Annette and Stephen have a beautiful array of African Violets and their collection keeps growing every year. Bring along your questions as they know all the tricks of the trade as well. A huge stock of colours and easy to grow potting system and a range of supplies.
B&T Ferns & Orchids – Mark and Judy have been specialising in a wide range of native orchids as well as imported species, ferns and Phalaenopsis orchids for many years. Spectacular flowers and an excellent reputation in the industry. In addition they are bringing along a fantastic selection of Proteas which are colourful and garden hardy.
Bryan H Tonkin – A mother and daughter family business which has been established for 60 years. Shirley and Jane specialise in hard to find garden gems. They specialise in Crocus, Fritillaria, Erythroniums, Nerines, Galanthus, Paeonies, Liliums, Hosta, Lily of the Valley, Sandersonia and much more..
C&M Drewitt – Colin and Tim are rare ‘bulbsmen’ as father and son it must run in the blood. Their specialty is daffodil bulbs but it doesn’t stop there. Colin also sells garden trains and accessories, for kids both little and big! And that is still not all - Tim knows all there is to know about poultry and is an expert on how they can be utilised in your garden.
Collings Wholesale – In pots and tubes, a great array of stock not usually available direct to the public. Includes Capsicum, Hebes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and a huge range of Sedum.
Country Farm Perennials – Growers of unusual and rare perennials, including exciting new releases. Also a licensed travel agent conducting Australian and overseas Garden Holidays. Merryl and David have a tremendous amount of plant knowledge and are happy to offer advice for your home garden. Their selection of plants is just spectacular.
Club Creek Bulb Farm – Adrian specialises in growing Liliums of all shapes and sizes. He will have on display a large range of garden Lilium bulbs includes some unique varieties and species.
Devon Tubestock Nursery - specialising in rare plants, tubes, and landscaping lines. Devon prides itself in rare plants from all over the world having been in the business more than 50 years. These specialist propagators grow unusual, rare or uncommon lines for the nursery trade which are rare to find wholesale and all in one place.
Di’s Delightful Plants – A broad range of perennials lovingly potted by this family business. Di, Clive and Simon’s stock includes Salvias, Penstemon, Cistus, Lavender, as well as some rare and unusual plants. Plus they have a delicious range of Renaissance Herbs.
Hancock’s Daffodils – Christine and Will have a huge range of Daffodils, Jonquils and many other bulbs. They grow only the best varieties tested for our climate with their long established breeding program and from other breeders world-wide.
JD Flora – Carnation and Lisianthus specialist. John is passionate about his plants and knows the answers to all the curly questions. New this year for his stall is the much loved Gypsophila (Baby’s Breath) and Statice (Sea Lavender Limonium sp.).
Johns Clivia’s – John fell in love with Clivia many years ago and since then has propagated, bred and imported Clivia from all around the world. Some very rare and unusual varieties including yellows, pale peach, lots of different oranges, spidery flowers, tulip shaped flowers and a variety of mature pots ready to flower. You would be hard pressed to find a man more passionate and knowledgeable on the subject of the Clivia.
Lake Nurseries - a vast range of spring flowering bulbs, winter flowering bulbs, summer flowering bulbs and new and interesting perennials.
Lambley Nursery - set around an old farmhouse in the hot dry wind swept plains of the central Victorian Goldfields, specialises in dry climate plan. David Glenn is a renown nurseryman who has an eye for a good plant and is always increasing his range of hardy plants. He will have a range of species bulbs on display at the show.
Misty Downs – Noel is a perennial and rose specialist. He stocks a beautiful array of plants and is keen to offer practical gardening advice. He also has an extensive range of fabulous Peony Roses.
Mt Beenak Orchids – Cool growing orchids perfectly suited to Victorian conditions. These includes scented Zygopetalums, Odontoglossums, Sarcochilus, and Masdevallia and more exotics. Most flowers stem from Clive and Agi’s own breeding line and there are some absolute stunners. If you are nervous about growing these plants they will set your mind at ease with easy care tips.
Natural Plantscape – A great selection of Australian natives. Their range includes Acacia, Adenanthos, Banksia, Callistemon, Correa, Crowea, Dampiera, Eremophila (large range of colors), Eucalyptus, Grasses (one of Australia's largest selections of Lomandra, Eremophilla (Emu Bush) and Tree correa’s ) … and more and more!
Nishiki Nursery – Oodles of different Maple varieties. Small and large pots.Some very beautiful and rare specimens. They also offer a range of other plants and shrubs. Add some height and structure to your garden with these interesting trees.
Oz Water Gardens – Darryl, Marita and their team at Oz Watergardens has set Australia’s benchmark as the leading wholesale water lily and aquatic plant production nursery. They cater for the needs of people who wish to create a tranquil oasis, a piece of paradise or a frog friendly environment. Plants for the smallest waterbowl to the largest ornamental lake. They have a dedicated and enthusiastic team producing Australia’s best quality waterplants. They also provide additional services such as maintenance and repairs to ponds, pumps and biological filters. They can also offer landscape tips.
P&G Wylaars – Peter specialises in the gorgeous Cyclamen hederifolium. Pink and white forms available. They also have rare Alstroemeria on sale and some yummy Garlic.
Post Office Farm Nursery – Peter breeds superior forms of Helleborus x hybridus as well as growing a comprehensive range of the less commonly available Helleborus species and hybrids, including doubles. Post Office Farm Nursery grows thousands of Helleborus x hybridus from the best imported seed from the UK, Germany and the US. Hellebores are easy to grow, they flower in winter when colour is most valuable, and boast a wonderful variety of flower colours and forms, as well as providing evergreen foliage in the garden.
Ranges Wholesale Nursery – You won’t see the forest for the trees with Sally and Amanda’s fabulous range of trees and shrubs. Varieties include Dwarf Pomegranate, Crepe Myrtles, Spirea, Weigla, Anigozanthos, Vibernum as well as a range of general shrubs, trees and perennials.
Sunvalley Plants Nursery - Rod and Kay have a selection of Australian natives plants in 3" tubes. These include Adenanthos (woolly bush), Correa, Dampiera, Eremophila, Grevillea's and a selection of ground covers. Sunvalley Plants Nursery also have a range of grafted Grevillea's and tall standards and the new Acacia Dazzler on a tall graft.
The Salvia Society – A society devoted to all things Salvia. A drought hardy plant with great diversity. A beautiful selection of flowers. Including many new and rare varieties.
Tanglewood Creations – Peter and Rosemary have a great array of potted culinary and medicinal herbs available for sale. In addition Peter has created some innovative and individual garden fencing, trellises and furniture made from all natural products. Both very artistic, Rosemary also creates magnificent scarecrows.
Tesselaar Bulbs – A family business for more than 70 years in its third generation serving Australian Gardeners with quality "garden worthy" products since 1939. Tesselaar have a huge range of spring flowering bulbs including tulips, daffodils, anemones, ranunculi and more – don’t miss the exciting Expo specials available over the weekend.
Triffid Park is a family owned business specialising in carnivorous plants. Donna and Jason grow a large range of rare and unusual carnivorous plants for the collectors market, and sell them within Australia and internationally. Plants include Drosera, Nepenthes, Dionaea, Pinguicula and more. Plus yummy Rhubarb.
Van Berkel Farms – Greg and his father Josh have been supplying Australia with Dahlias for over 50 years. They have an exciting array of Cacti, Decorative, Giant Decorative and other varieties of Dahlias including new imports from America and around the world.
White House Nursery – Peter and Jess have an exciting array of rare perennials, climbers and bulbs. Their boutique nursery in country Victoria, they love their work and it translates in their plant selection. Agapetes, Daphne, Callicarpa, Cussonia, Echiums and Iochroma’s to name just a few of their plant selection.
Peter Teese’s Yamina Rare Plants – This renowned nursery was founded by Arnold Teese and has been family operated for over 58 years. Peter has amassed a huge range of rare, exotic and unusual plants. Including Conifers, Magnolias, Maples, Arums and many more. He also offers plant sourcing, contract growing, landscaping quotes and expert horticultural advice.
Aussie Shade & Hot Houses – Derek and Pam specialise in high quality, Australian made shade and hot houses. They are designed for our harsh conditions and backed up by excellent service. Their difference – built in shelving and a unique roof design (rounded, not apex style) which gives the most efficient use of space for pot plants as well as ample room to move inside the house. Plant stands, work benches, custom made shelving for greenhouses and garden art is also available. Their structures are strong and sturdy with a huge range of models and sizes – there is one to suit your requirements.
Florilegium - Books galore. Specialist and inspirational gardening books. Gil travels all the way from NSW to be at this Expo so take advantage of his interesting and informative stock.
Forget Me Not Garden Style – Helene has gorgeous garden labels in brass, aluminum or wood. She also has a range of garden art in sandstone, granite and marble. Plus a range of garden accessories.
Gecko Decko - Gecko Decko is an exciting range of indoor/outdoor metallic giftware, the most popular being the metallic wall art with which customers enjoy decorating their garden walls and fences. Angela offers a great range of Australian and exotic creatures.
Morris Brown – Louise has a beautiful array of garden tools from Burgen and Ball, including Sophie Conran’s fabulous range. Also potato storage sacks, leaf sacks, seed packets, twine, assorted gloves, Gardener’s soaps, garden art and much more.
Pro-Kut – Dionne has a range of top quality Garden tools including Ratchet Secateurs, Ratchet Powerloppers and Telescopic Pole and Pruner. Pro-Kut offer the quality and labour saving tools from 2WP. These revolutionary tools are a boon in the garden.
Sage Horticultural – Bob and Cedric specialise in gardening products for the home gardener. Including haws watering cans, plant mates, spiral stakes, gardeners knees, fertilisers, grow boxes, greenhouses and more. They have their fingers on the pulse of up coming garden innovations. They also take the lead in creating their own range of home gardening gear.
Waterwand - A WaterWand is a solar-powered garden pump designed to deliver the right amount of water to your plants. It can be used to water garden beds, hanging baskets, vertical walls, flowerpots, in the greenhouse and for hydroponics. It’s great for establishing saplings and it’s perfect for vegetables.
Whirly Windmills – Danielle and Michael have a colourful range of garden ornaments. Including bird baths, colourful Italian windmills, Kites, Flags, Mr Flower Pot Man, Sculpture and fun novelties.
Charity Plant Crèche - Save your back and store your purchases with the Monbulk Scouts. For a gold coin donation they will also transport your goodies to your car.
Caffe Alfresco – Margaret and Neville make delicious coffee, tea and hot chocolates, as well as some yummy biscuits.
Country Fair Poffertjes – Wiel and Philomein make the most delicious Dutch treat, Poffertjes. In Holland you can find them in Poffertjes Parlours, carnivals and country fairs. Poffertjes date back hundreds of years, and through Dutch influences have reached as far as the Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the West Indies and of course here in Australia. The traditional way of eating Poffertjes is with icing sugar and butter, but you can also have them with a range of toppings such as lemon, maple, strawberry or chocolate with the ultimate indulgence jam and cream. Country Fair Poffertjes was founded in 1976. They also have yummy Croquettes, Sandwiches and drinks.
Silvan CFA – When their not out saving homes and fighting fires the men and women of this noble service are behind the BBQ raising money. Enjoy delicious food and support a worthy cause.
Timboon Fine Ice-cream – delicious gourmet ice-cream home made from quality all natural ingredients. The innovative flavours include white chocolate and raspberry, Irish cream and the gold medal winning Turkish Delight. Very tempting.
Victorian Baked Potatoes – John and Mia bake delicious potatoes with a variety of toppings. They have an established reputation as the best in the business.