See you in August 2022

Green Inspired Educators

Enjoy two days of educational talks and demonstrations for all ages – and all are included in the price of your entry ticket to Botanical Bazaar.

Check out the FULL FESTIVAL PROGRAM and start planning your visit!

Phil Dudman

Phil Dudman – Speaker and MC

Phil is the Horticultural Editor for ABC Gardening Australia Magazine and resident Garden Guru and talkback radio host of ABC North Coast’s Good Gardening program which can be heard every Saturday morning 8.30-9.30am. He is a regular stage presenter at gardening events across Australia such as Queensland Garden Expo and Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. Phil has been a television presenter on Channel 9’s Garden Gurus and Prime 7 News, is a regular YouTuber and author of 3 books for ABC Books including Down to Earth Garden Design.

Informative and entertaining, the award-winning writer and presenter has a straightforward approach to gardening and growing food that inspires and resonates with audiences everywhere.  We cannot wait to welcome him back to #botanicalbazaar2021 it wouldn’t be the same without him!!

Cr Peter Young – Div 5 GCCC

Since 2000, Cr Peter Young has served as Councillor for Division 5 for a total of 17 years.

His ambitions include delivering infrastructure that meets and exceeds the aspirations of the community, providing exceptional leadership, fearless representation of the community.

Cr Young was recently appointed as the Patron of the Southport and Districts Orchid Society which he has found to be quite fascinating. He has lived on his acreage bushland property for 27 years and whilst exhibiting no gardening skills, he enjoys being surrounded by nature. 

Meaghan Scanlon MP

Meaghan is a born and bred Gold Coaster and actually grew up in Nerang where her mum and dad owned a small business.

Meaghan is passionate about ensuring we leave a better world for the next generation. The issue of climate change is what first inspired Meaghan to get involved in politics. She was honoured to be sworn in as the youngest Cabinet Minister in Queensland history when she was appointed as Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef and Minister for Science and Youth Affairs in the third Palaszczuk Government Ministry.

Prior to being elected, Meaghan worked as a solicitor and advisor to a federal Labor Senator.

Anthony Hill – Captain Plastic

Anthony Hill, aka, Captain Plastic and the founder of Plastic Pollution Solutions, travels Australia visiting schools and appearing at community events. The mission is to bring about a shift in culture around single-use plastic and the disposable lifestyle through fun, creative and engaging educational activities for children and adults. Anthony has covered over 150,000 km nationwide, partnered with countless community groups and local councils, forged associations with key scientists, reaching tens of thousands of Australians of all ages.

Catherine Pickering

Catherine Pickering

Professor Catherine Pickering is a botanist and Professor of Environmental Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Working with the gardeners at the university, she has enhanced the planted areas on the campus and now it is a living laboratory of how local native plants can be used in our gardens. With over 400 species of native plants in the forest and gardens, including more than 20 endangered species, the campus has featured on Gardening Australia.  She also works with Natura Pacific with funding from the Advanced Queensland program to develop the massively successful free native plant app groNATIVE, which provides information about more than 400 native plants in cultivation from South-Eastern Queensland.  

Costa appearing

Costa Georgiadis

2019 Logie Award Winner, Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people – he knows how to bring out the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together.

He is the host and co-creator of Costa’s Garden Odyssey for SBS television currently hosts Gardening Australia on the ABC.

Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.

Costa’s charm, charisma and passion are invigorating and irresistible, he has a gift for making his important messages engaging and highly entertaining.

David Paynter

David Paynter founded the Gold Coast Tool Library and Repair cafe in November 2019 after floating the idea out to the community to gauge interest on the concept. He has a passion for diverting waste from landfill, circular economy principals, as well as helping build connected and resilient communities.

Gavin Bullock

31 years strong in the industry – and still growing – Gavin Bullock has been operating his own business since 2005.

Throughout his career, he has worked in nurseries, vegetable farms, owned his own potting mix and soils business until he eventually created his own consultancy and landscaping business – Gavin Bullock Horticultural.

You will generally find him working and consulting around the Gold Coast region on large scale properties, avid home gardener’s back yards and talking to anyone who wishes to learn more about organic and sustainable practices.

Jane Milburn

Jane Milburn believes in the power of adaptation in the natural world and her own. After agricultural science and leadership study applied to a career in rural communications and advocacy, Jane navigated a unique pathway to influence change in the way we dress. As the founder of Textile Beat and author of Slow Clothing: finding meaning in what we wear, Jane makes a compelling case for why and how we need to change the way we dress to live lightly on Earth. When the global pandemic deferred her Churchill Fellowship study tour, Jane did a permaculture design course that affirmed her focus on natural fibres and regeneration. Always adapting and evolving, Jane leads conversations and workshops about ethical, mindful and creative living in a climate-changing world.

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Jerry is an Australian conservationist, horticulturalist and plant curator. He has been a presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia since 1999. He is the director of the Seedsavers Network and an Executive Member of the Queensland Conservation Council. Coleby-Williams was born in London.

Jerry resides in Bayside Brisbane and has created a sustainable house and garden. His house generates solar power, recycles sewage and grey water, and harvests rainwater for house and garden use. The ornamental, subtropical front garden grows plants suited to natural rainfall and predicted climate change. In the back garden Jerry grows fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices. There’s even a sustainable lawn, maintained by solar powered equipment. Everything is grown organically.

John Mason

John Mason‘s vast career has spanned over 40 years, so far, in the horticulture industry in addition to recreation, education, journalism and writing and is also a successful business owner of ACS Distance Education (a distance education provider that has been operating for over 40 years). 

With a passion for horticulture and education, John has created a network of schools to help people learn more about horticulture and gardening (as well as many other topics) with ACS Distance Education.  John has written and published over 130 ebooks, over 30 printed books, edited and written for gardening magazines and written and prepared over 100 horticulture and gardening courses. John is a board member of the Australian Garden Council, a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (past president), Chartered Institute of Horticulture (U.K.), Nursery & Garden Industry Queensland, International Plant Propagators Society (executive board member ’90-95) and International Herb

John Palmer OAM

Trained in Agricultural science and Environmental Consulting John Palmer received an Order of Australia medal for services to the environment, particularly on the Gold Coast, in 2000.

John respects indigenous values as an eco-tour guide in natural settings, identifying non-invasive and edible herbs, shrubs, trees & vines volunteering from around the world, growing in enriched local landscapes situations.

On his walks, emphasis will be placed on harvesting a variety of nutritional foliage and flowers covering the six tastes:  sourness, sweetness, saltiness, bitterness, pungency & savoury. Bring pens and notebooks for pressing specimens and making notes for memory jogs.

Kate Heffernan

Kate Heffernan has horticulture and landscape industry experience in a range of disciplines, in particular the development of Botanic Gardens plant collections, supporting infrastructure and policies as well as community engagement and building external and internal partnerships.

Kate produces creative and timely outcomes and has the ability to engage and inspire others. Her technical horticultural, project management and communication skills are complemented by industry wide recognition for involvement in the Botanic Gardens, training education and interpretation, as well as the Horticulture Media.

Kate is a specialist in Australian native plants and creating sustainable gardens using regionally native plants.

Katie Norman

Katie Norman is the Co-Founder and Director of the Sustainable Schools Network. With an early career as a therapeutic program facilitator and drug counsellor around Australia, Katie knows what it takes for behaviour change to occur. After having her three children, Katie pursued volunteer roles within schools in both Hong Kong and Australia, with one particular highlight involving coordinating the creation and production of Tallebudgera State School’s Taste of Tallebudgera cookbook. After exposure to environmental issues overseas, and a developing knowledge of Education for Sustainability (EfS), Katie recently delivered the Education for Sustainability in Queensland: Discussion Paper 2019-2020 to advocate for the EfS sector.  Katie has been steering the Sustainable Schools Network for the last three years and has been recognised for this work by being awarded the Community Spirit of Somerset Award, a Beaded Gecko Award, was a ROAR Social Hero Finalist and a 2020 McPherson Community Achiever.

Dr Kevin Redd

Putting edible plants and cooking together in a colourful and interesting way is the goal of self-confessed plant nerd Dr Kevin Redd.

The Sunshine Coast nursery owner and speaker at the Botanical Bazaar brings a wealth knowledge on edible gardens, growing turmeric and other rare ingredients, and how to have a year-round supply of home-grown healthy greens from any sized garden.

Kevin established the Sustainable Cuisine nursery on four acres at Kiels Mountain growing things that are quite hard to get as ingredients but easy to grow, especially in our climate, as it is similar here to where they come from.  Come along to get inspired about what you can grow in your own garden too!

Linda Brennan

Linda Brennan is horticulturist specialising in organic gardens, an environmental educator and a passionate greenthumb. She’s devoted to health and vitality through nurturing life, people and the environment, and is an inspiration for adults and children who want to grow bountiful gardens, edible flowers and organic food in abundance.

Linda enthusiastically promotes the enjoyment of home-grown organic food and inspires families to grow their next meal. In her spare time, she sinks her hands into the soil in her own beautiful organic acreage garden where hundreds of edible, medicinal and useful plants thrive. Everything in the garden has a purpose, and most of it becomes delicious home-made food and drinks!

Dr Mark Nadir Runkovski

Dr Mark Nadir Runkovski is a senior environmental scientist working at the Queensland-based social enterprise, Natura Pacific. His work focuses on reintegrating community with the natural world through business, education and outreach. To date this has included working on over 100 consulting projects across the state, helping bring education programs to over a quarter of a million young people and the design and release of exciting conservation resources such as the GroNATIVE app and the Back from the Brink docu-series. Join Mark for a “down-to-earth!” (pun intended) workshop on composting at this year’s Botanical Bazaar and learn more about the wonderful world of soil!

Morag Gamble

Morag Gamble

Morag is a global leader of the permaculture movement for change and for the past 25 years. Local food systems and permaculture education have seen her teach in communities and universities around the globe. As a Global Permaculture Ambassador, Morag has led programs in 22 countries.

She has lived and breathed the solution to move us beyond sustainability, to regeneration.

Sarah Barns and Ruby Jay (Green Heroes)

This mother and daughter team represent Green Heroes, an organisation dedicated to engaging the whole community in native wildlife conservation. They collaborate with wildlife rescue and conservation groups to develop impactful programs – including the Wildlife Rescue 101 short film series – that build capacity to support wildlife in the community.

Shane Sadkowsky

Shane Sadkowsky is a professional vertical gardener and the founder of Space Plants. Shane is passionate about horticulture and how it can enhance our lifestyles and help us become more sustainable. He has a degree in Environmental Studies and has been recently featured on Gardening Australia

Sophie Thomson

Sophie Thomson

Sophie is no stranger to us, her face lighting up ABC TV’s Gardening Australia.  In addition she is a regular writer for the Gardening Australia Magazine and is heard weekly on talk back radio Adelaide.  A self-confessed, obsessive compulsive gardener her enthusiasm is infectious as is evident in her best selling book “Sophie’s Patch” which describes how she took a dusty dry cow paddock and turned this into a beautiful working garden.