Speakers & Workshops

Peter Cundall
Peter Cundall

Bloomin' Marvellous!

We are delighted that ABC Organic Gardener's Peter Cundall will be officially opening the inaugural Horticultural & Gardening Festival on 9th October 2015. He will also speak on stage, meet-and-greet, and present an outdoor demonstration of a rotation garden bed system.

Born in Manchester in 1927, Peter Cundall came to Australia in 1950. He has been gardening since he was a child, and worked for more than thirty years as a professional landscaper. After being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 1974, he travelled the world studying landscaping, design and organic methods.

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Stephen Ryan

MC for the Horticultural & Gardening Festival stage talks

My passion for gardens and gardening started at just the tender age of 10 when I started working in my father’s nursery. Today I own my own nursery called Dicksonia Rare Plants in Mount Macedon and open my garden for selected garden tours. Planted within my garden and nursery, are three national collections for the Garden Plants Conservation Association Of Australia (Plant Trust) - Cornus, Sambucus and Acanthus.

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Ian Barker
Ian Barker – Head Judge – Display Gardens

“Being asked to be a head judge at the upcoming Horticultural & Gardening Festival is a real honour. Having designed and built a number of display gardens in the past, I believe I have a great understanding of what it takes to create a garden for the public to enjoy”.

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Prof. Tim Entwisle

Director and Chief Executive, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

I’m a scientist and scientific communicator with a broad interest in plants, science and gardens. I’ve worked as a senior manager in botanic gardens for over 25 years, from 2013 as Director and Chief Executive of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne in Australia.

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Mark Olive
Mark Olive

Mark Olive, aka ‘The Black Olive’, has been a chef for over 25 years and has become a well know Australian celebrity with his charismatic style and creative approach to food, starring in his own television series ‘The Outback Cafe’ and a host of cooking, lifestyle and travel shows nationally and globally.

I’m passionate about fusing native food and culture with contemporary lifestyle cooking which has led to a huge international profile specialising in gourmet Australian Indigenous cuisine.

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Angus Stewart
Angus Stewart

I’ve been a presenter for ABC TV's ever popular Gardening Australia program for the past eight years.

In 1991 I began a five year stint on Sydney Metropolitan ABC AM station 702 as a regular on the John Doyle Afternoon program as the 'Doctor of the Dirt, Surgeon of the Soil, Professor of the Paddock'. Following that I continuously worked on 702 with a range of presenters and am currently a regular on the Weekend Program on Saturday mornings between 9 and 10am with Simon Marnie answering Gardening Talkback questions. I’ve also been a guest on numerous other radio stations around Australia as an expert gardening commentator.

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Louise FitzRoy
Louise FitzRoy

Louise FitzRoy is an award-winning journalist, ABC Radio presenter, Director of FitzRoy Media, Founder of From Paddock to Plate and ambassador of local produce and sustainability. Relishing in the success of her first book From Paddock to Plate, she created the national From Paddock to Plate Schools Program and the unique From Paddock to Plate App.

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Emma Dean

Emma Dean is a cook, forager and author, and the winner of the 2013 series of MasterChef Australia. Her first cookbook A Homegrown Table (published in December 2013) is a collection of over 100 recipes that beautifully captures Emma’s hobby-farm origins.

Emma’s passion for food began in the paddocks and kitchen of her regional Victoria childhood home.

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Attila Kapitanyi n his garden
Attila Kapitany

If you thought you knew about succulents, think again! Attila will put a new spin on growing, using and eating this diverse range of plants.

I am immediate past president of the Cactus & Succulent Society of Australia with 10 years in this position, and also currently editor of its journal. I have thirty years of experience growing and marketing cacti and succulents. I am also a prominent member of the Horticultural Media in Australia, writing regularly in magazines, journals and newspapers and promoting succulent plants.

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Simon Rickard - Horticultural & Gardening Festival 2015
Simon Rickard

Sponsored by Botanica World Discoveries

I am a passionate gardener and plantsman. I was the head gardener at the Diggers Club until 2009, overseeing the magnificent gardens at Heronswood and the Garden of St Erth, where we grew everything from the humblest lettuce to the grandest herbaceous borders, to historic trees.

Until 2012 I worked as a market gardener, establishing Annie Smithers’ food garden and growing bespoke produce for her well-loved restaurants.

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Costa - Horticultural & Gardening Festival 2015
Costa

A landscape architect and permaculturist, Costa’s real passion is food.  He is a vibrant change maker, a connector of people, a voice for reason, a lover of nature, and, perhaps above all else, Costa is a teacher. He is also host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia program.

For more in-depth news about sustainability & gardening projects and to hear more about what's happening in his world, visit Costa's official site http://costasworld.org/

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dirtgirl
dirtgirl

Dirtgirl is a gumboot-wearing girl who grows awesome tomatoes, knows cloud names and drives a big orange tractor.

The dirtgirl activity centre brings the concept of getting grubby but also the educational factor of growing your own herbs. Kids will come in and decorate their very own eco-friendly pot and once they have finished will have the opportunity to plant their very own herbs that they can take home.

 

 

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