2015 Speaker Timetable

FESTIVAL OPEN

Friday 9th October: 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10th October: 10am - 5pm
Sunday 11th October: 10am - 4pm

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Friday Timetable

Presentation & Cooking Demonstration timetable
Day & TimeMAIN STAGE
Grand Pavilion
PRESENTATION ROOM
Grand Pavilion
OUTDOOR MARQUEE
Town Square
Friday
10:30-11.10am
Stephen Ryan
MC for the Horticultural & Gardening Festival - Welcome!


Rare & Reliable: Not everyone can own a Lamborgini but we can all have a plant those next door don't and we should. I will divulge all of the reasons for plant diversity in our gardens.
Kerry West:
Bud Grafting of Fruit Trees


Come and learn techniques for creating your own unique plant.
Friday
10:45-11.25am
Vicky Keane
Solutions to your gardening challenges


Introduction on the history of our property and the challenges we have overcome in planting our garden in a harsh environment.
Topics discussed on how to work with nature: Plan, Prepare, Protect. Plus Question time
Friday
11:30-12:10pm
Mark Olive
Cooking fish in Paperbark


Mark Olive aka the Black Olive will demonstrate cooking a piece of Barramundi in Paperbark used traditionally to cook a number of food items. This dish will also feature inclusion of native herbs which complements the dish.
Peter Cundall: Crop rotation (by demo beds)
Friday
11:45-12:25pm
Bruce Argae:
Waverley Bonsai Group


Bonsai Tips and techniques
Friday
12:30-1:10pm
Len Rayner
Bottling Fruit
Jessamy Miller & Megg Miller
Chooks in the Garden

Want a hand in the garden? Megg and Jessamy will share how to utilise your fowls to help you in the vegie patch, yet protect your garden from their ravages. Learn what you can grow to supplement the flock's diet, and what plants poultry shouldn't have access to.
Friday
12:45-1:25pm
Attila Kapitany
Australian Native Bulbs


Most people are unaware we have any worthwhile native bulbs. Come and be enlightened and surprised! (Some of these are edible.)
Friday
1:30-2:10pm
Diana Sargeant:
Growing roses organically


How to grow beautiful roses in your home garden without using harsh chemicals; modern roses are bred for easy care growing; gift roses.
Attila Kapitany
Edible Succulents


Most people are unaware that Australia has any. My presentation is a brief overview, perhaps with a sample or two for show and tell.
Friday
1:45-2:25pm
David and Barb Pye
Eremophilas - Great plants for dry gardens

How to grow these colourful Australian plants, which are suitable for small and large gardens, including discussion and question time.
Friday
2:30-3:10pm
Peter Cundall:
On stage with Q&A
Friday
3:30-4:10pm
Expert Q&A Panel:
Stephen Ryan, Tim Entwisle,
Angus Stewart, Simon Rickard
Garry Van Ekeren
Landscaping with Bamboo


Bamboo in the landscape and its many uses.
Friday
3:45-4:25pm
Geoff Hudson
Grow and Cook with Italian Vegetables


Italians love their vegetables. The quality and regional diversity of seed imported from Franchi Sementi offers home gardeners a kaleidoscope of choice to grow their own Italian ingredients. A classic Italian dish using fresh, seasonal ingredients will be prepared and shared.

 

Saturday Timetable

Presentation & Cooking Demonstration timetable
Day & TimeMAIN STAGE
Grand Pavilion
PRESENTATION ROOM
Grand Pavilion
OUTDOOR MARQUEE
Town Square
Saturday
10:30-11.10am
Louise Fitzroy:
From Paddock to Plate Schools Program

The national From Paddock to Plate Schools Program gives students a firsthand insight into a variety of commercial farming enterprises in Australia using unique, accessible, cost-effective and hassle-free “virtual excursions”.

The comprehensive teacher manuals and worksheets go beyond the subject of Agriculture. The Program can be incorporated into eight school subjects for Years 5 to 10, covering key Australian Curriculum criteria while educating students about the essential life knowledge of food and fibre production. Learn more today at the Festival.
Costa and Sarah Curry
Soils Masterclass

Understanding the basic principles of soils types, pH, balance
Practical demonstration on pH testing and how to correct problems. Soil ribboning to understand structural characteristics and general how-to tips for improving your soils to boost production and water holding capacity.
Saturday
10:45-11.25am
Attila Kapitany:
Succulent Orchids for your Balconies and Vertical Walls

Most people are unaware of these native succulent orchids that naturally prefer to grow vertically on walls. How to use these in Melbourne.
Saturday
11:30-12:10am
Simon Rickard:
Heirloom Vegetables

Did you ever wonder where the tomato came from, or how the potato changed the course of history? Simon Rickard examines the history and diversity of heirloom vegetables.
Costa:
Topic TBC
Saturday
11:45-12:25am
Australian Institute of Designers & Managers Panel Georgia Harper, Ruth Czermak

The benefits of design, and common misconceptions
The most common misconception is that “Garden Design is nothing more then decoration!” in reality professional Design is so much more. Good design must be sustainable and contribute to the running of the home. Good design can keep the house cool in Summer and warm in Winter. Good design enables effect use of water throughout the property. Good design increases biodiversity and our connection with nature and community. A garden does all this whilst providing a pleasant and safe environment for families to thrive. The problem is, often what makes a garden design good are the subtle things, and they frequently go unnoticed.

Join the panel for an indepth discussion on the role of landscape design. There will be plenty of opportunity to raise questions with the panel, and meet them in person at the AILDM design clinic.
Saturday
12:30-1:10pm
Jodie Goldsworthy:
Bee Friendly Gardening attracting bees for effective pollination in your garden.

Join Jodie Goldsworthy, 4th generation beekeeper from Beechworth Honey and passionate gardener, to learn all about how you can make your garden a haven for bees and increase your yields of fresh fruits and vegetables. Honeybees pollinate two thirds of our food crops and yet many gardens are nectar and pollen deserts which bees are not attracted to. “Bee” inspired to take a fresh look at making your garden more bee friendly which helps save Australia’s honeybees and protect our future food supply.
Lyn Stephenson:
Hemp and its many practical uses from clothing to buildings.
Saturday
12:45-1:25pm
Tim Entwisle
Why Australia Needs More Seasons


Aboriginal communities recognise between two and thirteen seasons in Australia, yet most Australians accept a four season system borrowed from Europe. Tim proposes a new seasonal system and explains why we should adopt it.
Saturday
1:30-2:10pm
Jessamy Miller & Megg Miller:

Organic Backyard Chook Keeping
Have healthy, productive chooks the natural way! Learn how to set up your henhouse, manage your flock and prevent disease, pest and behaviour problems using organic methods.
Babis Lagos
Potting mixes - what's the difference? Learn what to use for different situations.
Saturday
1:45-2:25pm
Ian Barker:
Naturalistic Perennial Planting in Australia

Ian will give a brief history of his own work and explain how he became so passionate about the naturalistic planting style he is known for today. He will speak about some of the designers who have inspired his work and will walk the audience through a real life design project detailing the ways in which a planting palette can be built up to achieve a modern perennial or intermingled planting mix.

Using images, he'll illustrate the different layers, from the scatter plants through to the intermingled planting palette and will show how a variety of colours can be mixed at different percentages to achieve one overall look. Ian will explain how the perennial movement that is now mainstream across Europe and North America can be adapted to suit Australian conditions in a sustainable way.
Saturday
2:30-3:10pm
Tim Entwisle
Rock Stars of the Plant World
Big, beautiful or a little quirky. Hear about some celebrity plants, and what makes them so fascinating.
Jessamy Miller & Megg Miller:
Excellent Eggs

Are you getting the best laying performance from your hens? Find out what goes into getting the most nutritious eggs, why shells become weak and egg oddities occur, how to best store eggs and what protects eggs from pathogens.
Saturday
2:45-3:25pm
Geoff Hudson:
Grow and Cook with Italian Vegetables

Italians love their vegetables. The quality and regional diversity of seed imported from Franchi Sementi offers home gardeners a kaleidoscope of choice to grow their own Italian ingredients. A classic Italian dish using fresh, seasonal ingredients will be prepared and shared.
Saturday
3:30-4:10pm
Mark Olive and Angus Stewart
Growing Native edible plants

Mark Olive, from Outback Tastes of Australia, will demonstrate the variety of native herbs and spices available in this country and how you can include these in your everyday cooking at home.

Angus Stewart, from Gardening with Angus, will give tips and ideas on how to grow them in your garden.
Harry Hughes: Songs from The Garden
Come along and listen to the music, and learn about the stories behind the uplifting and foot tapping songs of this album.
Saturday
3:45-4:25pm
John Rayner:

How to plant green roofs and walls

Green roofs and walls are becoming more common in cities across the globe. Led by the increasing evidence of their environmental, social and economic benefits, greening solutions are now being designed across an endless array of elaborate structures and hostile sites. Plants are critical to the functions and aesthetics of green roofs and walls, but need to selected and used carefully to ensure successful outcomes are achieved. Using international and local examples this presentation will introduce green roof and wall systems, discuss the main requirements for planting design and showcase best practice examples of plant selection and use.

 

Sunday Timetable

Presentation & Cooking Demonstration timetable
Day & TimeMAIN STAGE
Grand Pavilion
PRESENTATION ROOM
Grand Pavilion
OUTDOOR MARQUEE
Town Square
Sunday
10:30-11.10am
Emma Dean:
Root to tip cooking - Can I eat that?

A cooking demonstration that will use all of the vegetable and it will be even more delicious! Using parts of the root vegetable that may have ended up in the compost heap, Emma shows how to make a beautiful dish using the root to tip through pickling, pesto-ing, baking and salad-ing!
Kerry West
Bud Grafting Fruit Trees - a practical demonstration and information for home gardeners.
Sunday
10:45-11.25am
Angus Stewart

Maintaining an Australian native garden

Australian native plant expert and gardening media personality Angus Stewart will show, demonstrate and talk about how to get your native plants to reach their full potential in the garden. He will tell and show you how to prune, feed, plant and water them to give you stunning flowering displays as well as keep them looking their best as hedging and screening plants as well as introducing some new native plant varieties that are much easier to maintain in the garden.
Sunday
11:30-12:10pm
Mark Olive
An insight into cooking Kangaroo

Mark Olive aka the Black Olive will demonstrate cooking a healthy and protein rich native game meat and show how you can include it in your daily cooking and meal plans. Kangaroo is very versatile and can be used in a number of dishes.
Bruce Argae:
Waverley Bonsai Group
Bonsai Tips and techniques
Sunday
11:45-12:25pm
Len Rayner:
Bottling
Sunday
12:30-1:10pm
Simon Rickard:
Gardens of Japan

Japanese gardens are instantly recognisable. But what makes Japanese gardens so different to Western gardens? Simon Rickard explains the history and design features of Japanese gardens that make them so unique.
Attila Kapitany:
Succulent Projects

Succulents can be easy, fun and waterwise. Small home projects using succulents in a range shallow containers and in wall plantings have become de rigueur. If you haven't tried any succulent projects before, this will guarantee to excite.
Sunday
12:45-1:25pm
Emma Dean
Nettles! Don't throw them out - eat them!

A cooking demonstration that will use a common garden weed the stinging nettle. Emma will make a nettle and broadbean soup that will make you look at nettles in a completely different light! A dish packed full of springtime flavours, weeding can now have a delicious ending!
Sunday
1:30-2:10pm
Emma Dean
Urban Foraging - where do I start?

Often when interested in foraging, people do not know where to start. Emma will take you through some of the basics of easily identifiable plants and mushrooms, and also run through a few culinary ideas because they still have to taste good!
Diana Sargeant:
Growing roses organically

How to grow beautiful roses in your home garden without using harsh chemicals; modern roses are bred for easy care growing; gift roses
Sunday
1:45-2:25pm
Steve McGrane
Does Permaculture really have to be so Fri%$ing ugly!??

The sub text; throw away those nightmares of living in unkempt permaculture jungle and learn just how pretty and productive permaculture can really be. A refreshing look at permaculture by northern ABC Radio gardening guru Steve McGrane, full of tantalising ideas that will have you throwing off the shackles of a permanent mess for an astounding productive and beautiful permaculture garden.
Sunday
2:30-3:10pm
Sam Cabbabe
Cooking with Olives
Craig Castree from Weribee Park Heritage Orchard

Edible gardening
Sunday
2:45-3:25pm
Babis Lagos
Pest and ID - Identifying common plant pests and diseases
- what to look for in your garden, and various control measures to use.
 

Coming soon!