A Rotary Club of Yea Project

YEA GARDEN EXPO -- 23rd & 24th September 2017

After the outstanding success of our first Garden Expo last year we are now working to ensure it becomes an annual event. Great location at the scenic Yea Racecourse with quality vendors and a broad range of plants and garden accessories. Last year we had just under 1600 visitors to the Expo and this year we are aiming to exceed 2000 visitors.

Pricing of entry for the public and vendors.

Adults $5.00

Children 16 years and under Free

Vendors $150 per site. Sites sizes  available 6 x 3m,  6 x 6m,  or 9 x 6m

Advertising and Marketing

We are currently distributing circa 4000 Expo advertising flyers across a wide area ranging from West Gippsland, Inverlock, Cowes, Daylesford , Shepparton, Benalla, Wangaratta, Mansfield, Marysville, Lillydale, Healesville, the Northern & Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and many towns within that broad regional scope. Our marketing is again involving contacting garden clubs and we have been in contact with 121 clubs across Melbourne and central and northern Victoria. These Clubs are only part of our marketing and we have also placed articles within the Melbourne papers  and also the various gardening magazines including the June & September editions of the gardening gazette by the Royal Horticultural Society of Victoria. We also have advertising slots on radio, doing radio interviews and seeking some TV tags. Facebook is another avenue we are using to gain advertising exposure as well as using our Rotary website. This year we have our own Yea Garden Expo website……


We have a wide range of quality gardening vendors participating who will provide potential gardeners with a full range of gardening options as well as discovering new ideas and products. This is a wonderful opportunity for all gardeners at the start of spring to see the new products and plants available and then embark with enthusiasm on a new season . You will find a sample list of some of the vendors and their products on our website.

Venue and Parking

The scenic Yea Racecourse provides an ideal venue for the expo as we have facility for circa 130 stallholders to display their products/services without feeling cramped and also have ample capacity for free parking. A map is shown on our website together with some advice regarding travel times and alternative travel arrangements.

Parking is free.

Food and Drinks,

There will be a range of food and drink vendors on site. For a detailed list of the food vendors and their speciality please go to pages 2 & 3 of the "Vendors " section of this web site. No alcoholic drinks will be available.

Children are welcome and entry is free 16 years and under,

Free face painting will be available on site


Professional security for both Friday and Saturday nights will be on site.


Dogs are welcome but must be on a short lead and kept under strict control.

Accomodation and Visitor information

There is a variety of accomodation options available and several are shown on our web site.

The Visitor information centre can be contacted at

Speakers Program

Saturday 11.00am                Maria McCarter

Saturday 12.00 midday       Julie Weatherhead

Saturday 1.00pm                  Anthony Hosemans

Saturday 2.00pm                  Graham Sargaent

Sunday 11.00am                   Maria McCarter

Sunday 12.00 midday          Anthony Hosemans

Sunday  1.00 pm                  Peter Madden

Sunday   2.00pm                 Steve Joblin

About the Speakers 

Maria McCarter is owner of Sunset Valley Chicks and raises a extensive variety of pure bred chickens including Sussex, Silkies, Game Fowl, Belgium D'Uccle and others. She will share her expertise on owning, raising and the care of your own chickens. At the end of each of her presentation there will be an auction for a pair of her best chickens.

Julie Weatherhead is an author ,environmental scientist and ecologist. Her book "Australian Native Food Harvest " won the 2017 National Gourmand Cookbook award for food heritage and is shortlisted for the International award to be announced later this year in China. She will provide practical advice on how to grow, harvest and use Australian native plants.

Anthony Hosemans is an author and grower of rare North American medicinal herbs.Anthony will speak about how many of these herbs which date back 2 & 3 centuries are now attracting medical interest as a potential alternative to modern anti-biotics. This will be a fascinating talk and he will also have a site from which his books and herbs can be purchased.

Graham Sargeant is a rose breeder of distinction and a consulting Rosarian. He has researched the most environmentally friendly methods of rose growing in a totally organic management program. The rose he bred "Gra's Blue" was awarded a bronze medal  and also the most highly fragrant rose in the 2015 Australian National Rose trials.An absolute leader in the knowlege of roses.

Steve Joblin is a beekeeper who will share his knowledge of the important role bees play within our gardens . He will also give pointers and guidance on how to maintain a hive , extract the honey  and the do's and dont's of beekeeping. Steve spoke at our Expo last year and had the large audience enthralled.

Peter Madden is a horticulturist who has worked in nurseries,hard and soft landscape businesses, parks and gardens from tropical Cairns to alpine environments around Victoria on a variety of projects creating and maintaining bike trails, restoring and planting fragile habitats belonging to endangered species such as the mountain pygmy possum.He is currently the head gardener at the historic Delatite Station near Mansfield where he is bringing the old garden back to its former glory.



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