Scouts, cubs, girl guides etc - NO FEE, so it is free! We have no covered area or toilets but seating for 30-35 people on stone steps in an open amphitheatre demonstating indigenous plant foods, plant care and potting up or can tailor to suit your group. Also comes with 30-45 minute tour along meandering paths and rocky steps of our famous one acre garden. It has many weird and wonderful aspects to entertain, even the rowdiest bunch. My wife and I work as a team and are always happy to encourage the love of plants and gardening to our young people. I have 7 years experience as both cub and scout leader (Officer, Vic. branch), so I'm well aware of the objectives of the Scouting movement and also have independent experience with other scout groups being touring around nurseries I have owned.
The most acclaimed presentation topic for 2012 was the Botanical Gardens of Australia Tour.
“Your talk last night made me want to go straightaway to visit one of the Botanical gardens. I will wait for a somewhat warmer day though. Thank you again for a wonderfully enthusiastic talk and slide show.” Secretary, Sow and Grow Garden Club, Hurstbridge.
Every state in Australia has a botanical garden with often very different plants in very different settings – some bizarre, interesting and just stunning pictures and plants were highlights of this talk.
Also some excellent regional botanic gardens that would be a worthy addition to your itinerary for future travels.
‘Australia’s eight capital cities and 150 regional botanic gardens attract 13 million visitors a year with 41% of Australian adults going every year.
Botanic gardens are the second most visited places in the country after cinemas.’
Attila showed us why.
It is obvious that people go to these gardens for the plants and their flowers.
Non gardeners go for recreation e.g. walk, picnic and social gatherings.
But how else are these gardens significant to Australians? Photographically and artistically rich with ideas, inspirational, relaxing, aesthetically pleasing.
And what about animals? The most animals and the closest humans can get to them in a city, besides in a zoo cage, is no doubt at botanic gardens.
Always a great place for inspiration to take home to your own garden.
The changes from one season to the next are not to be overlooked. So visiting the same garden more than once a year but at distinctly different seasons can show amazingly different scenes.
So much can be learnt about plants, how to grow them, and how to enjoy them back home, that it can summed up as a treasure within the heart of any city and a ‘must-see’ for travellers.
We regularly visit clubs, societies and other organisations to give presentations on a range of gardening and botanical topics focusing mostly on dry climate plants, specialising in cacti and succulents.
If interested please contact us for more information and any fees involved.
We bring a professional outfit of 'hands-free' portable PA system, powerful digital projector, laptop, books & plants for sale & information handouts. We also bring 30 years of enthusiasm and experience in entertaining in the horticultural field. (Please ask for national and international references).
In the last ten years we have expanded our speaking circuit to include international events.
Aside from us going out to give presentations at outside venues, we regularly have groups come to our display and trials garden for exciting and inspirational talks and informative tours.
Best times of day are from 10.30 am - 11.30 am or between 1.00 and 3.00 pm. Guided tour are available from your arrival time. These take 30-40 minutes for the guided part then allowing free time afterwards for people to wander around the paths for photos etc. We usually set up a stall with plants, cuttings and books for sale related to uor garden or the plants within it. Everyone likes to buy a piece of the garden especially of their favourite plant on the day.
Garden paths are many and varied, mostly sand gravel and stone. Many steps both paved and natural rock so therefore unsuitable for wheels and walking frames.
While much of the garden is dominated by succulents and lots of rare native plants, there is fair sized section with only cacti and a fair sized section of garden dominated by bromeliads. Lesser known and publicised is the more shaded parts of the garden where tropical and semi tropical bromeliads are plentiful. It is a complex garden with many layers and dimensions.
We have no shelter for rain and umbrellas are as essential as the cameras! We have no toilet on site. Highly recommend a toilet stop just before arriving. There are many petrol stations and a big shopping centre nearby. Alternatively bus is ordered which has onboard toilet. For emergencies we have plenty of private trees.
Other bus groups have asked for and organised a full day event where they go on to a second venue e.g. Cranbourne botanic gardens.
Garden Video - a glimpse at parts of our garden
After a visit to the garden, including a detailed and informative tour for the Mediterranean Garden Society, Melanie Kinsley their publicist put together a feature article with pictures about the visit. Some great earlier pictures of the garden at:
Some more recent pictures at:
A short video segment showcasing our garden that features succulents, many of which are native Australian species at:
Below is a list of topics about which I’m regularly asked to speak (there is also a more specialised topic list BELOW).
Half to one hour talks with accompanying digital images are available. Beautiful plant images are just part of an exciting, educational and entertaining experience!
For special or full day events, a second or third talk is available at no extra cost.
ASSORTED AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS - extra exciting NEW topics. These are mostly 30 - 45 minute presentations and are aimed at introducing the diversity and colour of notable and interesting species within each genus.
*I can also tailor a presentation to suit your climate, conditions or other special needs or interest.
Please don't hesitate to inquire further.