Head gardener Chloe Evans with Pink Indianhead ginger plants at The Ginger Factory in Yandina in the lead-up to last year's Ginger Flower and Food Festival.
Head gardener Chloe Evans with Pink Indianhead ginger plants at The Ginger Factory in Yandina in the lead-up to last year's Ginger Flower and Food Festival. Iain Curry

Ginger Flower and Food Festival highlights announced

The Ginger Factory's popular Ginger Flower and Food Festival return in 2017, from January 20-22.

The free event at the Yandina complex will welcome guests for its 21st consecutive year, treating them to a stunning display of more than 3000 ornamental and edible gingers that will be available to buy.

The Sunshine Coast is the perfect location to grow a subtropical oasis and guests at the festival will be shown how easy it is to create one, no matter the garden size.

Towen Mount Tropical's Maureen Simmons will have new gingers making an appearance in the plant sales gazebo, in addition to long-standing favourites such as the ornamental blue ginger (dichorisandra thyrsiflora) and red torch ginger (etlingera elatior).

"This festival will feature lots of new heliconias and gingers along with the popular landscape varieties," she said.

"There will also be a range of edible and medicinal gingers for customers to add to their existing collection."

Maureen said a focus would be on ginger and heliconia plants that were suitable for small gardens, which would flourish in both sun and shade, as well as a variety of plants that complemented and added colour and vibrancy to a garden.

Editor of SubTropical Gardening Magazine, Paul Plant, will also be speaking on the topic of how living small doesn't mean you can't have a garden as he demonstrates how terrariums are a terrific solution to having plants indoors.

"I will also be encouraging gardeners to embrace their senses when in the garden - touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight. You'll be amazed at what you can hear when you listen to a plant," he said.

The festival will have live cooking demonstrations from popular local chefs including Matt Golinski and the Spirit House's Kelly Lord, as well as garden walks and entertainment for all ages.

For more information, visit www.gingerfactory.com.au


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