Guest Speakers 2024

Speakers – 2024

16 January – Frances Scarano and Anne Rickwood – Blue Mountains Wildplant Rescue Service ... read more

20 February  – Alexandre Feliz,  All about Mushrooms ... read more

19 March – Bryn Hutchinson – Flower Meadows: Why Grow Them & How to Ensure Their Success

Creating flower meadows is a popular and sometimes affordable way to create a dramatic display of colour in a garden and create habitat for wildlife and beneficial insects. However, if not done well they can also be expensive and time consuming, or fail completely. Drawing on my time as the Senior Horticulturalist in charge of the popular spring meadow at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and my own experiments and research with flower meadow plantings I will discuss how to plan, grow and manage your own flower meadow for a successful and flourishing outcome.

After the talk join us for a ramble at Murray Bailey’s garden and then lunch at RSL Katoomba. 

16 April – Manu (Emmanuela Prigioni), Farm it Forward

After the talk join us for a ramble at Joan and Kevin Brown’s garden 

21 May – Robert Trinajtic – Water Features


Past Years Speakers


17 January – Sharon Baldwin, Author, The Gardeneers, Kids Permaculture 

21 February – Robin Johnson, Propagation and Grafting

21 March – Brenda Lyon – All about Daffodils 

18 April – Robert Trinajiscic from Hedge and Arbour

16 May – Robyn Bible – All about Geraniums and Pelargoniums

20 June – Michael Barnes – Irises

18 July – Matt Stephens – Tree Hollows 

15 August – Bryn Hutchinson – Firdaus Gardens 

19 September – Sue Cunningham – Protecting our Bushland 

17 October – Graham Jurd – In Defence of Ferns

12 December – Christmas Lunch – The Bunker, Leura


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15 February – Liz Benson, Pollination

15 March – Lis Bastian, About Permaculture 

19 April –  Duncan Leys, My garden

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