THE first-ever Whittlesea Garden Expo will flourish at Whittlesea Showgrounds on the first weekend in March, promising to be a must attend weekend for any garden lover.

Run by Whittlesea Rotary Club, team leader Julie Burgess said attendees could expect two full days of presentations, stalls and activities.

Special presenters at the expo include Better Homes and Gardens’ Melissa King on Saturday, March 5, and Diggers Club co-founder Clive Blazey on Sunday, March 6.

“There will presentations on many things from beekeeping, to worm poo and Shelley from Whittlesea Flowers and Bears is demonstrating how to build a flower arch,” she said.

“For the kids Melissa King is holding an activity where they can decorate their own pots and plant a bulb.

“There are also 30-plus stallholders and they vary from plants, garden heart, herbal teas, just anything that is garden related.”

Ms Burgess said the club began planning the idea of a garden expo after noticing a lack of such an event in the area.

She said the timing of the expo aligned with the community resuming events following COIVID-19 restrictions.

“We started to plan the garden expo when we thought COVID-19 has passed … but we were wrong with that [at first],” she said.

“So we have very much been planning to get the community out again and make it a community event.

“As much as it is a garden expo, it is very much a community get-together.”

Organisations supporting Whittlesea Garden Expo includes Victoria Police, CFA, U3A and the Men’s Shed to ensure the opportunity to purchase local products and services and engagement with the garden community runs without problems.

Whittlesea Garden Expo will be on March 5 and 6, from 9am to 3pm.

Tickets can be purchased for $8 at trybooking or at the gate on the day for $10, while children can enter free.

For more information about Whittlesea Garden Expo including full list of stallholders, visit the expo’s website.