Speakers Program



Saturday 6th April     Therapeutic Gardening


The world of Therapeutic Horticulture is more important now than ever. Gardening provides such a therapeutic outlet for mental and physical health and social connection.


1-3pm                     Cultivate NSW, Secret Gardens, Rotal Botanic Gardens and Author Karen Grey   


Enjoy an informed discussion from Cultivate NSW who support Secret Gardens Richmond and the Royal Botanic Gardens Community Greening. COme along and hear about the benefits of therapeutic horticulture and volunteering in this field. Meet author Karen Grey who will present ideas from her new book Nature Heals.




Sunday 7th April        Meet the Plant Societies


Collectors' Plant Fair is thrilled to present a series of lively conversations about some of our favourite plants. NSW is blessed to have a large number of specialised plant societies that are happy to share plant growing information and to welcome new members. It's time to get to know them. Join us for a friendly meet and greet!


9.30am             The Rose Society of NSW

A robust discussion on roses awaits with the President Colin Hollis and UNSH Chair Kate Stanley on roses for the Sydney climate. Plus information on this vibrant club and their events throughout the year. 



10.15am             Tropical Plant Society of NSW

Get the lowdown on tropical plants from the expert, friendly and active society. We thihnk you'll come away with a new appreciation and completely enlightened wanting to redesign your garden!



11am             “Seed” Autumn Kitchen Gardening with Glenmore House and Garden 

Want to grow your own vegetables but don’t know where to start? Learn about vegetables for the cool season, preparation, sowing seeds and harvest time from the lens of experienced vegetable grower Mickey Robertson. 


12pm             Orchid Society NSW

Craig Scott Harden belongs to numerous orchid societies around Sydney. Find out why, enjoy his passion for the family Orchidaceae, the largest family of flowering plants in the botanic world while he shares tips about their care.


1pm                Bromeliad Society 

President Ian Hook will demonstrate how to grow bromeliads successfully, their care and requirements and share news from the Club. 


2pm                Australian Geranium Society 

Find out more about the Geraniaceae family from President Robyn Bible. The family Geraniaceae comprises annual or perennial herbs and dwarf shrubs. Many are cultivated as ornamentals and popular container plants. Find out how to prune them. 



3pm                Clivia Society NSW 

There has been an explosion of Clivia breeding throughout the world. Get the lowdown, find out why their superior hybrids are big contenders for collectors and gardeners with dry shade. We welcome President Peter Hey to the stage.