Speakers

Make a day of it at Collectors’: shop, chat, and be inspired by our speakers. You’ll need to pre-book via 'Tickets' and bring the receipt with you on the day. Be quick, seats are limited.

 

Session 1/ Tracey Deep in action 

Saturday April 9 Morning session, 11am -12pm

Tracey Deep is a much sought-after floral sculptor and installation artist who is inspired not only by the beauty of flowers, but by all the elements of the natural world. Her work invites us to look more closely at what is usually discarded to find beauty in the forms, colours and textures of bark, twigs, seed pods and the detritus of the living world. Watch while Tracey conjures beauty before your very eyes in this inspiring presentation.

Tickets: $35 + Fair entry

 

Session 2/ Garden Making for Sydney: Jane Irwin and Myles Baldwin  

Saturday April 9 Afternoon session, 1.30 - 3pm

Jane Irwin is a leading landscape architect who was recognised by the Australian Design Centre as a leader in the field of Landscape Architecture in the 2015 Australian Design Honours. Jane takes a break from urban projects and public domain design by designing residential gardens. Garden design offers her room for experimentation and hands-on place-making, and, most importantly, keeps her in touch with plants. Hear what she has to say about making gardens in Sydney.

Myles Baldwin’s reputation is for gardens that are deeply engaged with their site, and with their history. His projects range from terrace courtyards to grand country estates. He is the author of three books about Australian garden design, which have introduced us to some of his projects, and we’ve seen more of his work in the Eastern Terrace garden at NSW Government House, and at Australian Garden Show Sydney. Hear his thoughts on garden-making in Sydney.

Tickets: $35 + Fair entry‚Äč 

 

Session 3/ A personal vision for the garden: Cheryl Boyd talks to Robin Powell  

Sunday April 10 Morning session, 11am – 12pm

Cheryl is garden designer, plant collector and creator of found-object and site specific sculpture. Her garden, Stringybark Cottage, outside Eumundi in Queensland, is Australian sub-tropical garden featured in Phaidon’s ‘Gardener’s Garden’, which profiles 400 great gardens from all over the world.  In this talk with Sydney Morning Herald garden columnist Robin Powell, Cheryl will reveal her favourite sub-tropical planting combinations, her newest plant collections, and how to create sculptural works, and site them successfully.

Tickets: $35 + Fair entry

 

Session 4/ The Secret Garden: Wendy Whiteley in conversation with Janet Hawley 

Sunday April 10 Afternoon session: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

The secret is blown. The garden that Wendy Whitely has been building for the past 20 years on disused railway land beyond her harbourside home has long been a treasure for those in the know, and a delight for those who have stumbled across it. ‘Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden’, by Janet Hawley spilled the secret and prodded Premier Mike Baird to save the garden for the future. Hear the story of this uniquely personal public garden.

Tickets: $35 + Fair entry