Green Grow the Hills
The 2011 Hills Garden and Environmental Expo
By Leanne Jackson
The picturesque Uraidla Showgrounds were the setting for the annual Hills Garden and Environmental Expo, presented by the Hills Montessori School on Sunday November 13th 2011. The weather was kind – a warm sunny day – and the colourful tents and stalls of the exhibitors made for a festive atmosphere beneath the large shady trees surrounding the showgrounds.
The Hills Garden and Environmental Expo, which has been running for several years now amongst the green hills and flowering gardens of springtime in the Adelaide Hills, is a chance for people to discover local “green” businesses, products and services, and to pick up some great environmental home and garden tips from the program of specialist speakers.
The exhibitors, who all must meet the Expo’s criteria for environmental friendliness, ranged from stores such as Ecolateral displaying products to help everyone to lower their household’s environmental “footprint”, to plant nurseries; organic gardening products; handmade rusted metal garden ornaments; wind-chimes; alpacas; water-saving products; water-wise garden design; and conservation organisations. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources also had an informative display promoting ways we can all make our back yards more wildlife and native vegetation friendly through their “Backyards for Wildlife” and “Urban Forest” programs.
One of the main attractions of the Expo is the program of expert speakers.
Sophie Thomson, horticulturist and gardening author, columnist and TV presenter with the ABCs Gardening Australia has been a regular at the Expos speaking on the subject of water-wise gardening techniques for South Australia’s Mediterranean style climate and how to prepare our gardens for the summer months to come. Her down to earth advice is always well worth noting and her presentations always entertaining.
This year other speakers included:
ABC Radio 891 gardening presenter and author Jon Lamb;
Tim Marshal of TM Organics and author of organic gardening books;
Mark Thomas, Buzz Architecture, expert on energy efficient architectural designs:
Liddy Dolman from Ecolateral who presented a very informative talk and demonstration entitled “Where do I start – A Beginners guide to Eco Living”.
The children’s activities area provided much fun for the young eco-warriors in attendance and there were also food and refreshment stands and musical entertainment throughout the day.
Once again the Hills Garden and Environmental Expo has proved to be an enjoyable and informative event, well worth attending.
If you are interested in attending the Expo in future years, check on their site for details, closer to the date. http://www.hillsgardenexpo.com.au/about/about-the-expo