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Green Inspired Educators

A full day of educational talks, demonstrations and workshops for all ages will be available at the Botanical Bazaar Garden Festival in 2019. Download it here or see below: DOWNLOAD SPEAKER TIMES

Costa Georgiadis

Costa is best known as host of ABC’s Gardening Australia for the past 7 years.

He is a qualified Landscape Architect and a passionate advocate for biodiversity in the garden and sustainable living.

Costa passionately supports numerous not for profit environmental groups and will be sharing his knowledge to inspire people of all ages at Botanical Bazaar in 2019.

He will speak in The Barn at 2.30pm and throw on his gnome hat for a special kids presentation at 1.15pm within the Kids Hub.

Costa has also been nominated for a Gold Logie as most popular personality and we encourage you to get behind him and VOTE! Help give green living a louder voice and vote.

Stephen Ryan

Stephen held the top spot as host for Gardening Australia for 3 years and specialised in rare plants!

He started working in father’s nursery from the age of 10, then completed Gardening and Turf Management studies.

He now owns Dicksonia Rare Plants Nursery in VIC, hosts international garden tours and is a regular on Melbourne’s 3CR radio. He was awarded a Radio Laurel by the Horticultural Media Assoc. and has published 3 books on rare plants.

Stephen will be hosting a plant propagation demonstration with seed raising & cuttings highlighted at the Botanical Bazaar Main Stage.

Annette McFarlane

Annette is well known in the garden education industry as a teacher, garden writer, author and broadcaster.

She has been awarded the Australian Gold Laurel for Horticulture (2018) and inducted into the Horticultural Media Association Australia Hall of Fame.

She has written several gardening books such as ‘Successful Gardening in Warm Climates’ and ‘Organic Vegetable Gardening’ to name a few.

Annette features on ABC Brisbane radio Saturday mornings for Gardening Talkback. She has a weekly gardening page in in the Sunday Mail and writes the occasional article for ABC Gardening Australia magazine and Organic Gardener Magazine.

Annette will speak about ‘Conquering compost – How to make a perfect batch every time.’

Morag Gamble

Morag lives an ‘Off-the-Grid’ lifestyle in a permaculture village near Maleny with her family. Their income is derived from permaculture-related activities and they grow many vegetables, herbs and fruit in the polycultural garden-playground surrounding their home. They collect water, deal with wastewater on-site and produce most of their own power.

She is a passionate permaculture designer and educator who founded the Permaculture Education Institute. She loves teaching and helping individuals, groups and communities to create abundant permaculture food gardens, and cultivate fantastic networks around food and edible gardening.

Morag will be sharing her extensive knowledge with us at Botanical Bazaar 2019.

Gavin Bullock

Gavin specialises in “A Sustainable Approach for a Growing Future”.

He practices organic and sustainable agricultural and believes soil/media management is the key to start and maintain a successful garden.

Gavin has worked in the horticultural industry for nearly 30years. He has held key positions in wholesale/retail nurseries, Broad acre vegetable farms and operated a family business in Potting Mixes and Soils. Currently he runs ‘Gavin Bullock Horticultural’ and will be talking about soil fertility at Botanical Bazaar.

Kate Heffernan

Kate’s is a well known educated garden enthusiast on the Gold Coast. She is qualified in Horticulture and Landscape and a passionate advocate for Botanic Gardens.

She is a regular on Gold Coast ABC radio and a feature garden writer in several news limited publications. Kate has held the Chair position of the Qld branch of the Botanic Gardens AU/NZ and is a current committee member.  One of Kate’s proudest achievements is her role in the establishment and planting design for Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens.

Kate has been the recipiant of several awards of the years including; Gold Coast Australia Day Awards – Environmental Achievement, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE ‘Teacher of the Year’, QLD Government Australia Day Award – Productivity,  Friends of the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens – Citation – Recognition of dedication and contribution to Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, ABC Gardens Exposition ‘Designed gardens’ bronze award.

Kate will be presenting about ‘The tastes of Australia – Bushfoods for home gardeners’ at this years garden festival.

Gina Winter 

Gina is a traditional herbalist at her own property called ‘Self Help Retreat’

She is a certified herbalist who has been practicing herbal medicine in the Wise Woman Tradition for nearly thirty years

She grows many herbs on her farm at Springbrook. Her joy and passion is to reconnect people to forgotten skills by using these home grown herbs as both food and as medicine

She will be giving a demonstration on how to use herbs in your daily life.

Shane Sadkowsky

Shane is on a mission to help people reignite their love of plants without feeling fear that the needs of those plants will be neglected.

As a graduate in in Environmental Studies, he is also the founder of ‘Space Plants’ and a professional vertical gardener.

Shane will host an interactive workshop where you will get an overview into the global vertical garden movement and how it can enhance our quality of life and green up our cities. You will also learn practical skills on how you can easily build your own solar powered, water recycling vertical garden with automatic watering system that is built out of coconut shells and recycled pallets. Shane believes that we all have the power to make the planet healthier and happier simply by learning about, listening to and taking care of one plant at a time.

Sue Connor

Sue runs ‘Playing With Fibre’ and is a Botanical Dyer and Fibre Artist. She is passionate about sharing her love and knowledge of colour, fibres, texture and the seemingly magical powers of nature.

Sue is an experienced facilitator and her home dye garden and botanical dyeing skill have been recently been featured in the Gardening Australia magazine.

Sue will introduced you to the magic and beauty of natural dyeing by sharing which plants and kitchen waste can be used for dyeing, how to effectively mordant yarn and the technique of extraction dyeing.

Narell Neville & Jennifer McCormack

Narell and Jennifer are educators, artists, storytellers, educators and experienced nature play facilitators from Birdwings Nature who have pioneered the nature play movement on the Gold Coast. Jennifer and Narell know that the inner work that happens in nature is integrative, powerful and transforming and it is our pleasure to help others experience this too.

They will talk about ‘Plants and Play – the value of Bush Kindy programs for connecting children to nature.

More amazing speakers include;
* Gold Coast Orchid Society
* Gold Coast Rose Society
* Gold Coast Organic Growers
* Flowers by Friends
* Aizelwood Bromeliads
* Australian Institute of Horticulture
* Love thy Earth
* Plastic Free Gold Coast
* Kristy Scougall – Aussie Natropath