Melissa King, from the television series Better Homes and Gardens, was a guest speaker Whittlesea Garden Expo.

Whittlesea’s first-ever garden expo was a huge success, with stallholders coming from as far away as Echuca.

The presentation program included a range of topics including backyard bee-keeping, caring for African violets, photographing flowers.

Better Homes and Gardens presenter Melissa King spoke on ‘Container Gardening’ and ‘Growing Heirloom Vegetables’, while Clive Blazey, from Diggers Club, spoke on the importance of planting appropriate trees on properties to combat climate change.

Children had fun planting spring bulbs and making paper flowers, as well as doing quizzes and having their faces painted.

On Sunday, visitors were treated to the sounds of Wood n Wired’s background music.

Whittlesea Garden Expo committee member Dawn Kidgell said the drenching rain on the night before the expo and the constant showers on both days didn’t deter the gardeners from attending and buying trees and plants of all kinds, as well pieces of garden art.

“Our expo was extremely well supported by our local community, with businesses, community groups and individuals all lending a hand and contributing in many ways to make it the success that it was,” she said.

“It was a project that brought many people together in a friendly, social way, all united in a common goal.”

Ms Kidgell said money raised from the expo would enable Rotary Club of Whittlesea to continue contributing to many projects, especially in the community.

“The expo is also good for local groups and for our township generally,” she said.

“Next year’s expo will almost certainly be bigger and better.”

Adults and children had fun watching their coins spin into the club’s new money spinner.

Money raised the spinner and at the Monday market, plus a generous donation from a stallholders, will be added to the club’s donation of $5000 to the NSW flood victims.

“The Rotary Club of Whittlesea will be sending the funds directly to a Rotary Club in Lismore, one of the towns badly impacted by the floods,” Ms Kidgell said.

She said she hoped to see more people attend the expo next year and people should keep an eye out for more details in in March next year.

Adults and children enjoyed activities at Whittlesea Garden Expo last month.