Jane Coe, from Durong, came prepared for the weather … and to snap up some plants

April 22, 2024

It was good weather at the weekend for frogs, ducks … and gardeners!

The thought of rain may have deterred a few people from attending Wondai’s Autumn Garden Expo, but from the number of vehicles parked along the Bunya Highway, it didn’t scare too many away.

Jodi Biltoft, secretary of the Wondai Garden Expo committee, told southburnett.com.au that  gardeners don’t mind getting wet and muddy.

She said buses had still rolled up for the expo, and keen gardeners had come out “in force”.

“There’s been people from Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Hervey Bay and Biloela,” she said.

“The people that come along know it is a special expo, with special stalls.

“I received plenty of phone calls asking if it was still on … and when I said it was, they all said ‘fantastic!’.”

Wondai Garden Expo committee secretary Jodi Biltoft and president Damion Biltoft
Mayor Kathy Duff, who officially opened the Expo on Saturday, with Proston QCWA members Val Klein and Lyn Reynolds, at front
Sally Moore, from JA’s Herb Nursery at Blackbutt, was one of the guest speakers in the covered presentation area
Wondai Garden Expo committee member Fay Kerkow and Sue Goschnick, both from Wondai, were volunteering at the gate
Joy James and Sarita Shaw, from Kingaroy, were browsing the stalls in the Lions Pavilion
Despite the weather, there were was a strong roll-up of stalls at the Wondai Sportsground

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Orchid Show

Up the road, the South Burnett Orchid Society was holding its annual show at the Wondai Diggers Club.

South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff, who is patron of the society, handed out the trophies to successful competitors and also donated a prize for the “pinkest” orchid.

Competitors come from across south-east Queensland to show off their prize native and hybrid blooms.

South Burnett Orchid Society president Linda Olsen, third from left, with fellow club members, Mayor Kathy Duff (in pink) and Cr Ros Heit (at back) (Photo: Ros Heit)
Mayor Kathy Duff presented the trophies to winning competitors, including Tewantin grower Judy Robbins, from the Nambour Orchid Society (Photo: Ros Heit)
The Wondai Diggers Club meeting room was filled with colourful displays of orchids (Photo: Ros Heit)


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