Guest Speakers

17 January 2023 – Sharon Baldwin, Author, The Gardeneers, Kids Permaculture ... read more

21 February – Robin Johnson, Propagation and Grafting ... read more

21 March – Brenda Lyon – All about Daffodils ... read more

18 April – Robert Trinajiscic from Hedge and Arbour ... read more

16 May – Robyn Bible – All about Geraniums and Pelargoniums ... read more

20 June – Michael Barnes from Bilpin Iris Farm 

My initial interest in irises was sparked by a garden in Bathurst NSW, not far from my parents’ property at Mount Lambie in the late 90s. I did some hybridising, and qualified as a judge, but the irises were put on hold when I moved between a few places for work.
In 2015, I moved from Sydney to 25 acres in Bilpin, in the Blue Mountains of NSW, and the “iris virus” struck again, and 42 Tall Bearded Iris were the first things planted.
I now have 1600 metres of iris beds, with almost 1100 different tall beardeds, in addition to dwarf and median beardeds, a selection of species iris, as well as Louisianas, Japanese (Ensatas) and other wetlands and water iris.
I’m currently President if the Iris Society of Australia, Secretary and Treasurer of the NSW division of the ISA, national Dykes Medal Trial Garden co-ordinator and host one of the Dykes Medal gardens and a NSW Trial Garden.

18 July – Matt Stephens – Tree Hollows ... read more

15 August – Bryn Hutchinson – Firdaus Gardens ... read more

Past Years Speakers – 2022

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15 February – Liz Benson, Pollination

15 March – Lis Bastian, About Permaculture  

19 April –  Duncan Leys

17 May – Oliver Kelly, Frog Habitats 

21 June – Neville Burns, Snakes of the Blue Mountains 

19 July – Peter Green, Pyrolysis and Biochar 

16 August – David White and Bridget Moseley, Leura Garden Festival plus Queens Platinum Morning Tea 

20 September – Vicky Austin, Citizen Science

18 October – Robin Johnson, The gardener through history

15 November – Lyndall Crompton,  Saving the Shipley Apple 

13 December – Grandview Hotel Wentworth Falls