Guest Speakers and Live Demos

Guest Speakers & Workshops for 2019

Sophie Thomson

Crowd favourite, the engaging media presenter Sophie Thomson will be special guest speaker once again this year. Sophie is the South Australian presenter on ABC television’s Gardening Australia, a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter, author, broadcaster and horticulturalist. As well as writing for the Gardening Australia magazine, Sophie writes the weekly gardening column for the Adelaide Sunday Mail and the Weekender Herald. Her enthusiasm for gardening will inspire people of all ages.

Sophie with be speaking about:

Preparing for summer – what to do to heat proof your garden’

Garden Woes – dealing with pests and diseases in an organic and sustainable way’


Neville Bonney

South Australian native plant expert, ethnobotanist and published author, will be one of the special guest speakers line-up for the festival.

Knowing, Growing and Eating Australian plants for the Mount Pleasant region and beyond.

His talk will outline species selection for your garden, covering greens, fruits, nuts, spices and condiments. The audience will have opportunity to have the chance to take part in sampling tasty treats.

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Demonstration & Talk

Faye McGoldrick,  from the Mt Pleasant Natural Resource Centre will be talking about the very in vogue, productive & fascinating insect hotels. Insect hotels are popular amongst gardeners, fruit and vegetable growers due to their role encouraging insect pollination. Faye will show how to make your very own insect hotel.

Bushfire Awareness Display

The Springton Country Fire Service will be running a Bushfire Awareness Day. Opportunity for adults & children alike to check out fire appliances & talk to CFS volunteers.

For the Children

Kate from Nature Crafts for Aussie Kids will entertain the kids with her imaginative play with all things from nature

Keep the children busy with floral masterpieces that they all can make with talented floral designer Natalie.