Gympie Garden expo April 27

This year’s Gympie Garden Expo has been brought forward into April! Saturday April 27 is the date to mark. In previous years I have done a range of activities: last year it was papermaking with garden clippings and prunings, the previous year a panel partnership with Uncle Eugene Bargo, a knowledgeable Indigenous florist. This year I have offered a workshop using free, forage-able or easy to grow native foods.

Proposed Program for Garden Expo 2019


Set up display Seeds and plants of some species will be for sale eg Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonoides)
11 am Bunya pesto

A native food oriented version of the popular dip, using foraged bunya nuts in place of commercial pine nuts.


12 noon Warrigal Spinach pie

Warrigal greens (Tetragonia tetregonoides) is a hardy plant which provides a very palatable native alternative to Spinach and silver beet. Seed & plants will  be available for sale.


1pm Bunya Hummous

The Bunya kernel, which is not strictly a nut, contains protein and complex carbohydrates, and is suitable for use in place of chick peas, to create a vegan-friendly dip.


2 pm Sticky Bunya pudding

The versatile bunya kernel has a mild flavour which can also be used in sweet dishes, and this dish perfectly showcases its moist texture.


Yes, you can get to taste the items! Hope to see you there!

Gympie Plant and lifestyle Expo day 2Bush foods from Gympie Area

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Susan Zela Bissett (Zela) is an educator, writer and artist with a lifetime involvement in environmental education and advocacy. Zela was born on Butchulla Country in Maryborough and has worked as an artist, educator, permaculture gardener, studio potter and consultant. She is passionate about sustainable lifestyles, maintaining habitat for wildlife and about unleashing the creativity in all of us.

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