Costa Georgiadis is a landscape architect who has an all-consuming passion for plants and people – he knows how to bring out the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.
Costa will be at the Show on Saturday and Sunday.
Michael McCoy is a TV presenter, garden designer, author, photographer, broadcaster, blogger, speaker, garden tour guide and obsessive home gardener. Michael hosted the very well received ABC series ‘Dream Gardens’ in early 2017, and is a regular contributor ro Gardening Australia magazine. Michael’s has written and photographed two books on garden design (Michael McCoy’s Garden and The Gardenist). His writings and photos have appeared in Gardens Illustrated (Britain), Better Homes and Gardens, Country Style, Vogue Living, Your Garden and The Age (Melbourne). He has designed gardens and spoken on gardening throughout Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Phil Dudman is the Horticultural Editor of ABC Gardening Australia Magazine, a gardening talkback host on ABC Radio, TV presenter and author for ABC Books. He’s well-known for his fun and informative presenting style and loves nothing more than sharing his passion for gardening and growing food. Known as ‘the Garden Guru’ Phil has a presence in many areas of the gardening community and will be sure to inspire you though his presentations!
You can follow Phil on Facebook @gardeningwithphil
Known as The Veggie Lady, Toni Salter has a passion to see organic principles adopted by everyone, encouraging people to grow organic produce everywhere, whether it’s in their backyard, hospital rehabilitation, aged care facility or day centre for people with disabilities or mental health conditions.
Toni has been teaching popular community education classes on organic gardening through local councils for the last 15 years. She also runs therapeutic gardening programs, developing sensory gardens through community health services. She offers training on social and therapeutic gardening for staff, carers and volunteers.
Toni is a horticulturist and a member of Diversional Therapy Australia and is the current President of Cultivate, the Horticultural Therapy Society of NSW.
A Registered Horticulturist, Paul is known throughout Queensland and New South Wales due to his high media profile in subTropical Gardening magazine and as the garden guru on NoosaFM, ABC Sunshine Coast FM and River94.9FM. He has contributed to over 19 books, numerous magazines and newspapers. He was recently listed as one of the nineteen ‘Influential Australian Garden People’ in a book published in 2016.
You can find Paul on Facebook @PaulPlantHorticulture
Judy began her career as a primary schoolteacher before falling in love with her five acre bush garden and studying horticulture in the early 1980s. After graduating from Ryde School of Horticulture she worked as a retail nursery garden adviser and a bush regenerator for the NSW National Trust for a number of years. Her radio experience began more than twenty years ago when she was asked to be a holiday replacement for Valerie Swane on ABC 702 in Sydney (then 2BL). Over the years she has also filled in for Graham Ross and Don Burke on their respective shows. For the last fourteen years, Judy has been one of the weekend regulars who answer gardening questions on ABC 702 “Weekends with Simon Marnie” program.
Judy has been the recipient of the Horticultural Media Association Hall of Fame Gold Laurel and the NSW Nursery Industry Association’s Allan Seale Award for her contribution to gardening media. In 2012 she was presented with the Golden Wattle Award, the highest award from the Australian Institute of Horticulture, for her contribution to horticulture. A few weeks later she received an Award of Merit from the Nursery & Garden Industry of NSW & ACT for her outstanding contribution to the industry.
Judy currently works for Botanica World Discoveries as a botanical guide.
Jason has worked in the bushland regeneration industry for 20 years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge about native plants particularly those of the Sydney region. Selecting the right native plants for your garden can be the difference between success and failure saving you time and money. A big part of Bush regeneration is identifying and controlling invasive weed species, these techniques are directly transferable to the home garden or acreage. Jason is also a keen organic gardener following in the footsteps of his parents and grandparents who were all keen gardeners.