A Rotary Club of Yea Project

YEA GARDEN EXPO -- 21st & 22nd September 2019    9.00am to 3.00pm both days

The outstanding Yea Garden Expo is on again this year in September. The venue is the same as last year at the Yea Saleyards. This site was an outstanding success last year as it provides a flat ,all weather solid surface facility with approx,double the space for vendors  and car parking. This  enables all vendors to be located in the one area and give visitors even better access to see all vendors.Again there will be top quality vendors and with a broad range of plants and garden accessories. Last year we had just over 2500 visitors to the Expo and this year we are aiming to get close to 3000 visitors.The entry price of $7 for adults ,Children free and free parking is a bargain compared to other Garden Expo entry prices ranging between $15 to $30 and you will find the same vendors here as you would elsewhere ,including the iconic Melbourne Flower and Garden show.

Pricing of entry for visitors and vendors.

Adults $7.00

Children 16 years and under Free

Vendors $150 per site.

Advertising and Marketing

Distribution of  5000 Expo advertising flyers will take place 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 with an added emphasis on facilitating bus trips for the club to attend the Expo. Articles will be placed in various 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, will be doing radio interviews and seeking some TV tags. Facebook,Twitter and Telemarketing are also marketing avenues we are using to gain advertising exposure as well as using our Rotary website. Of course we have our own Yea Garden Expo website…… where we will endevour to keep both vendors and the public informed. This year we will have three major billboards advertising the Expo beside major roads in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. These billbords are being provided by Civic Outdoor Advertising who can be contacted at


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  list of  the vendors and their products on our website. . Many of the vendors are industry leaders in their speciality and we are delighted to have their support. 

Venue and Parking

The Yea saleyards provides an ideal venue for the expo as we have facility for all vendors to display their products/services without feeling cramped and also have ample capacity for free parking. The surfaces of both the carpark and the Expo site are flat and all weather.  A map is shown on our website together with some advice regarding travel times and alternative travel arrangements.

Wheel Chair & Disabled.

The car park and the the Expo site surfaces are wheelchair and disabled friendly and disabled parking and disabled toilets are provided.

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,



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

A Speakers program will be availableon both days and will feature  :

Saturday 21st @11.00 am    Robyn Harris who is a leading expert on African Violets . Robyn and her husband John have a nursery business in Arthurs Creek and within that business specialise in growing Afican Violets. Robyn will inform you on the varieties of African Violets,the care of them, propagation ,repotting and the wick watering system. Robyn & John will also have a display at the Expo with their violets available to purchase or for you to  just drop by to chat and learn more about these wonderful plants

Saturday 21st @ 1pm  Helen Richards OAM who is a leader in Australia on growing Australian Native Terrestrial Orchids.

Helen is a unique person who has dedicated much of her life to the Australian Terrestrial Orchids with over 45 years of experience and knowledge in propagation and cultivation of the orchids. Helen has an emphasis on conservation and has written chapters in books and in particular co-authored a book ‘Cultivation of Australian Native Orchids’, 1984.

Helen’s interest developed by becoming a member of the Australian Native Orchid Society (ANOS). Here Helen’s enthusiasm for knowledge about the orchids grew and her enquiring mind, practical thinking and sharing of information has made her the expert she is today.

Helen dedicated many years of service in ANOS becoming a president for 3 years , vice president for 5 years and parent body liaison officer to name a few positions.

Helen’s generosity in sharing her knowledge has seen her present on ABC Gardening show in 2017, supporting professional research, providing orchid material for botanic gardens, education and writing articles for ANOS newsletter to name just a few.

Sunday 22nd @ 11.00am  Chris Coburn  has qualifications in natural resource management.

He has been a Landcare Coordinator with the Upper Goulburn Landcare Network (UGLN) for the past 10 years starting out as Fire Recovery Coordinator and now Project Officer.

He is passionate about local fauna and flora and coordinates many local environmental projects for the UGLN such as the Lorax Project, Rail Trail, King Parrot Catchment Fox Control and Ribbons of Remnant Roadsides. Current involved in Linking Landscapes and Communities project.

Chris is speaking about encouraging local fauna and flora in our gardens and on our properties and how to maintain and protect it.

Sunday 22nd @ 1.00pm  Andy Russell with an introduction to Beekeeping.

Andy has been a beekeeper for more than 30 years. Andy’s interest started following the loss of his brothers hive in Park Orchards. His brother gave him the components of a bee hive and honey extractor equipment and his interest began. Andy attended an introductory course in Beekeeping which commenced a life long involvement in bees.  He will share his extensive knowledge and experience and elaborate on the key role bees play within our gardens and the wider environment.

Andy and his wife Jill moved to Molesworth and expanded the one hive to 8 hives in 20 years. Andy has shared his knowledge and supports people in developing their own hives.












please note this is one of last years billboards and is an example of the 3 billboards we will have this year


Please note this is the first billboard we had and is another example of what will be used this year 


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