Our Gardening Experts

In 2017 some of Australia's leading experts will take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops and we are currently working on putting together another great program jammed pack with gardening ideas for you to enjoy. We have experts on site each and every day to offer the best advice around. Practical, useful information abounds at the Expo on 8 Live Stages. We offer a fantastic range of gardening topics covered with more than 20 speakers presenting free talks and demos each day.

  Michael McCoy is a TV presenter, garden designer, author, photographer, broadcaster, blogger, speaker, garden tour guide and obsessive home gardener. He wrote for The Age in Melbourne for over twenty years and has published two books on garden design. Michael was host of the ABC's well-received series 'Dream Gardens' in early 2017.

Unfortunately due to recent events Costa will no longer be joining us at the 2017 Expo. His speaking positions will be filled by other gardening personalities.

Costa Georgiadis
is a Landscape Architect and Environmental Educator. Now the very popular host of ABC Gardening Australia, Costa inspires everyone with his enthusiasm and love of gardening.
Jerry Coleby-Williams is a curator, author, Director of the Seed Saver’s Network, and Patron of Householder’s Options for Protecting the Environment. Jerry has been a presenter on ABC TV’s ‘Gardening Australia’ show since 2000 and is a well-known gardening presenter

Annette McFarlane is a teacher, sustainability educator, garden writer, author and broadcaster. She is the garden feature writer for the Sunday Mail and has been the very popular host of Gardening Talkback on ABC 612 radio for the past 25 years. She is also the author of a series of best-selling gardening books. 

Sophie Thomson, ABC television’s Gardening Australia South Australian presenter, is a captivating and engaging speaker, author, broadcaster, horticulturalist and trained naturopath. Sophie is a strong advocate for sustainable gardening practices, growing organic food, cooking from the home garden and creating backyards where kids can play freely.

Phil Dudman is the Horticultural Editor of ABC Gardening Australia Magazine, a gardening talkback host on ABC Local Radio, TV presenter and author of three books for ABC Books and Harper Collins. He’s well-known for his fun and informative presentations and loves nothing more than helping people to create their dream garden and sharing his passion for organic gardening.

Claire Bickle is a qualified Brisbane based horticulturalist. Currently the Vice President of the Horticulture Media Association of Qld, Claire is a regular on ABC radio for gardening and chook talkback. She is also a regular contributor to many sustainable and horticultural publications and delivers many workshops and presentations on the benefits of all aspects of gardening and backyard poultry keeping.

Noel Burdette is an advocate of naturalistic style gardens that uphold and support healthy ecologies. Noel is a regular contributor to several inspiring gardening publications including Gardening Australia, Garden Gurus and About the Garden. He has done Gardening talkback radio for many years including 4BC Gardening talkback and 612 ABC Gardening.

4 Ingredients Author and entrepreneur Kim McCosker brings her amazing story to life,to inspire audiences and amaze them with her simple, hard working and determined recipe for success. Kim’s enthusiasm and energy for sharing her passions in life and food is infectious.    


Alison Alexander is a Brisbane based Food Consultant, the inaugural Queensland Food Fellow and an Australia Day Ambassador.

Darryl Baptie is the owner of Camellia Glen Nursery on the Sunshine Coast. Darryl has been a member of the Camellia Association for many years and a judge at numerous shows.

Linda Brennan is The Greenthumb Goddess, a prominent Queensland author and eco and horticultural educator. 

Matthew Carroll (aka Hortiman) is a regular at national gardening events where he shares his passion for all things plants, gardening technologies and innovation.  Matthew also works with the Nursery & Garden Industry of Australia where he spreads the message of the benefits of a good Plant/Life Balance. Matthew is the current President of the Horticultural Media Association of NSW. 

Joan Dillon is a horticulturist with a passion for native flora. Joan is a member of Native Plants Sunshine Coast

Jenece Drake is a highly qualified horticulturist with many years experience in the nursery and gardening industry.  She has a great passion for sharing her skills and knowledge with others and also opening her own organic garden with friends and family. 

Keith Edwards, from The Diggers Club, is a landscape designer and has a wealth of experience designing gardens, both residential and commercial, all over Australia.

Anne Gibson, The Micro Gardener, is a writer, author and urban garden community educator. Anne shares organic gardening tips and tutorials on her popular website www.themicrogardener.com.

Paul Hains is the Author of “Growing Roses in Subtropical Climates”. He is President of the Queensland Rose Society, Past President of the National Rose Society, and Vice President of the World Federation of Rose Societies. Paul is a rose breeder with many roses now available on the market in Australia.

Bill Hazsard is an educator and presenter and the owner of Willina worms. Bill is passionate about worm farming and is looking forward to sharing his expert information regarding getting the most from your warm farm.

Peter Heaton is the man to ask about ferns and indoor plants. Heaton’s Fern Nursery is well known throughout Australia for their quality ferns and anthuriums.

Carol Kerkin is enthusiastic gardener who has learnt through trial and experimentation over the years. Having been mentored through contacts made within the Perennial Poppies Group and Australia’s Open Garden Scheme. Carol’s main interests being cottage garden plants, particularly salvias and roses.

Arno King is a registered Landscape Architect, registered Horticulturist and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Horticulture with over 30 years of industry experience.

Dominique Liv Kamal runs her own business in herbal medicine manufacture. The Medicineroom Naturopathic Herbal Dispensary is Dom’s passion and she spends most of her working time there enjoying the alchemy of developing beautiful aromatherapeutic and herbal medicines and body products.

Judith Little is a qualified Florist and highly regarded Floral Art Judge.

Bob Luttrell otherwise known as Bob the Bee Man is passionate about bees and has a wealth of knowledge about the nearly 2000 species of bees in Australia

Sandra Nanka from Mudbrick Cottage Herb Farm has been growing and using herbs for 30 years. She is a qualified naturopath and herbalist accredited with ANTA.

Leonie Shanahan is the Founder of Edible School Gardens program, Author of Eat Your Garden book, Presenter of Edible School Gardens DVD. 

Nigel Thompson is the owner of Dandaloo Valley Nursery and an expert on all things Bromeliads. Nigel will be speaking daily at the Birdwood Lecture Marquee. 

Rick Warwick is the owner of Bamboo Down Under, the leading supplier of bamboo in Retail and wholesale within Australia. The nursery Bamboo Down Under has been proudly awarded the “Best Specialist Garden Centre in Queensland” at the Nursery & Garden Industry Awards.

Barbara Wickes is passionate about herb and cottage gardens and enthusiastically promotes this style of gardening in South East Queensland. Some years ago she established a cottage garden group in the region which currently has 170 members. Barb has also coordinated the Giant Kitchen Garden feature area at the Expo for several years.

Adam Woodhams Life-long gardener, horticulturist by trade and communicator by profession Adam is passionate about taking the message on garden & home lifestyle, sustainability and achievable DIY to the broadest audience.

Peter Young is an internationally renowned fruit tree expert and will be giving daily talks on the Banksia Stage. Peter can tell you everything you need to know about pests, diseases and fertilising your fruit trees.

Sunshine Coast Council  - A host of experts from Sunshine Coast council with a wide range of specialties share their knowledge with gardeners.  Julie O’Connor, Sean Morrow, Sandie Johnston, Michelle Gleeson, Raeleen Draper, Roslyn Leslie and Peter Bell.