By Nadia Surace
THE Rotary Club of Shepparton Central will host its first ever Garden Expo in October featuring workshops and discussions from prominent Australian landscape gardeners including winner of last year’s Chelsea International Flower Show, Ian Barker and ABC garden program presenter, John Patrick.
Fifty percent of proceeds from the two-day event featuring gardening, pool, hardware, and outdoor furniture exhibitors will go to Goulburn Valley Health’s Oncology Unit ‘Share the Care’ appeal.
The remaining 50 per cent will go to support other local charities.
Event Co-ordinator, Josie Pellegrino said the event was designed to coincide with Greater Shepparton Tourism Month and is expected to attract crowds in excess of 5,000.
“The Garden Expo is intended to showcase all aspects of landscaping and garden design and construction,” Mrs Pellegrino said.
“We are inviting business to take part in what will be a major event for the region.
“We want this to become an annual event that the community can not only support but really enjoy as well.”
The event will be held Saturday October 15, 9am – 6pm and Sunday 16, 10am - 4pm at Emerald Bank, Kialla.
The group acknowledge major supporters: Bunnings Warehouse, G.A.M.E and Shepparton Show Me.
TOM Garrett of Shepparton has been appointed Rotary Club of Shepparton Central President for his first term after 25 years membership.
Mr Garrett said he is grateful for the honour and looks forward to continuing service to local community throughout his term over the next 12 months.
“We support all kinds of local charities and it does give you a good feeling,” Mr Garrett said.
“Last year we raised $100,000 which all went back into the local community.”
Mr Garrett is Director of Future Metals Re-cycling and replaces outgoing president, Gary Steigenberger.