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Phil Dudman



Phil is a horticulturist and garden designer with a passion for growing organic food and teaching others how. When he’s not out in his patch, he is busy in his roles as Horticultural Editor of ABC Organic Gardener magazine and contributor to ABC Gardening Australia and Diggers Club magazines. Phil also hosts the Good Gardening radio program on ABC North Coast, is an author for ABC Books and was a regular TV presenter on Channel 9’s Garden Gurus.

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.


This year we welcome Environmental Crusader and Great Barrier Reef Warrior Peter Gash OAM he’ll be speaking on The Barn Main Stage over the Botanical Bazaar weekend.
Peter Gash OAM is the Managing Director, Custodian, and Steward of the Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort on the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and Chief Pilot of Seair Pacific.
Join us as we listen to Peter’s Lady Elliot Island story, and how it has been rescued from mining, goats, lack of love and almost certain failure.  LEI is now considered one of the Jewels in the crown of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
“It is our responsibility to make positive change for the future, not only for our generation but for the generations which follow, we do not inherit this earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children” says Peter.



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.





Kevin is an active member of Food Agribusiness Network FAN

He grows a wide range of edible plants at his boutique nursery and demonstration gardens on the Sunshine Coast. Equally passionate about harvesting and using these amazing culinary ingredients, he will share some recipes and techniques for cooking and enjoying the seasonal abundance.



Claire, a dedicated horticulturalist based in Brisbane, has nurtured an unwavering love for gardening and nature throughout her life. Inspired by her grandmother, she has passed down this passion to her own children, fostering a shared appreciation for the natural world. With over three decades of experience in the field, Claire’s expertise is widely recognized, and she actively participates in various horticultural associations.

Residing on a spacious property in the western suburbs, she takes pleasure in sustainable gardening practices, cultivating organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs that seamlessly blend with the surrounding environment.



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.

Ian Epic Earth holding carrots



An Environmental Scientist, soil analyst & passionate home gardener, Ian’s invested over 20yrs perfecting the art of growing high-quality food in the most ecological ways possible. Disappointed by the decline in commercial food nutrition and flavour, he’s an avid proponent for growing our own truly gourmet food using natural, organic and local inputs. With an intimate understanding of soils, landscape ecology, plant nutrition and through years of research and experience he’s a passionate & engaging educator.

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. Join Gavin on a walk and talk at Nerang Community Gardens. This year he’s talking Healthy Root Systems!

Catherine Pickering



Professor Catherine Pickering is a botanist and Professor of Environmental Science in the School of Environment and Science at Griffith University on the Gold Coast. Over the last 10 years, the University has turned the Gold Coast campus into a living laboratory showcasing local native plants suitable for a wide range of different gardens from formal architectural roof gardens to cool food forests. With over 400 species of native plants in the endangered forest as well as gardens, including more than 20 endangered species, the campus is now a destination for locals interested in plants and has featured on Gardening Australia.