Check out our Special Guests!

Here’s a taste of the special guest Gardeners and Chefs we have in store for you at the 2018 Flower and Garden Festival…

 For all the Gardener and the Chef Sessions, Garden tours and the Friday Night Gardeners Mingle, there will be more info available soon with the festival Program!

2018 Special Guest – Costa Georgiadis 

Costa is a vibrant change maker, a connector of people, a voice for reason, a lover of nature, and, perhaps above all else,
 a teacher and also the host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia program.

A landscape architect and permaculturalist, Costa’s real passion is food, He has an infectious energy and ability to relate to everyone he meets.

Everyone feels comfortable around Costa because, with Costa, what you see is what you get.

Costa notes his personal interests as gardening, sustainability, conservation, the environment, education,
love, happiness, permaculture, community & community gardens, communication, sharing, openness, looking after the land,
me, you, us…

Click here to find out a bit more about Costa’s philosophy

Costa will be all around over the weekend, including the Friday Night Gardeners Mingle, and a Saturday  Gardener and the Chef session with Guy Jeffreys  – Click here for more info

 Sabrina Hahn

A favourite of the Festival, Sabrina Hahn is a whole lot of hort with heart – master gardener, storyteller, qualified horticulturalist with a passion for the creation of sustainable environments.

Sabrina believes with all of her heart that when people connect with their gardens, they develop a deeper love for nature and life.

Click here to read more about Sabrina…

Meet Sabrina at the Friday Night Gardeners Mingle, on Saturday on a Private Garden Tour or a Gardener and the Chef session with Guy Jeffreys  – Click here for more info

Deryn Thorpe

Deryn Thorpe is a fanatical gardener, who is passionate about communicating her love of gardening to others.

She has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, can be heard as a garden host of ABC and commercial radio talkback, writes monthly articles for Gardening Australia Magazine, a gardening column and garden stories for The West Australian newspaper and other national magazines.

Click here to read more about Deryn…

Meet Deryn at the Friday Night Gardeners Mingle, or on Sunday on a Private Garden Tour  – Click here for more info

Steve Wood

Steve Wood is a Horticulturist working in the nursery industry for 40 years. Owner / manager of Wood’s Cottage Nursery. Presenter with Chanel Nines Garden Gurus. Garden talk back presenter with ABC radio.
Presenter with Great Gardens and The Forever Project education programs.

Steve is a passionate organic gardener and will show you how to grow the most delicious nutrient rich produce at home.

Meet Steve at the Q&A sessions at the end of Each day and several information sessions and talks throughout the Festival 

Bob Longmore

Dr Bob Longmore, a local garden expert, is an Adjunct Associate Professor of the School of Pharmacy, Curtin University of Technology. He retired to Nannup and with his wife, Maggie, has established the property Nyth y Dryw (Welsh: Nest of the Wren) with extensive vegetable and food forest developments.

Bob has an expertise in plant natural products and a particular interest in herbal medicines. He formerly featured in the regular Curtin University Community Radio programme “Let’s Talk Gardening” for many years and now presents a gardening segment on Saturday morning’s ABC SW radio.

Johnny Prefumo

An Environmental Biologist, Johnny’s speciality is frogs and goes by the name of “The Frog Doctor”.

He presents nightwalks, talks and how to build Frog Friendly Gardens for the highly successful WA Museums’ Frog Watch program, as well as consulting to various Government Departments, Non-Government Organisations and educating students from Primary to Tertiary throughout the state.

He has featured on various radio segments and regularly co-hosts the ABC radio gardening segment ‘Roots N Shoots” with Sabrina Hahn.

If Kermit was an Aussie frog, he would sing “it isn’t easy being brown”.

 Guy Jeffreys

Guy has worked in some of WA’s most awarded restaurants, including Leeuwin Estate and Star Anise, but his desire to work in a restaurant that grows its own vegetables led him to Millbrook Winery in 2010.

Guy grows his vegetables from seeds that have been saved from the previous year’s crop, cultivating the true paddock-to-plate philosophy. Guy’s innovative menu Changes frequently and is a constant reflection of what is at its best in the garden, guaranteeing the diner a truly unique experience.

Meet Guy at the Friday Night Gardeners Mingle, or at one of two Gardener and the Chef sessions with Costa or Sabrina   – Click here for more info

Josh Whiteland

“Koomal” is the traditional name of Wadandi man Josh Whiteland. Koomal is the Wadandi word for brushtail possum and the totem chosen for him by his Wadandi Elders. Josh was born in Busselton, WA and grew up surrounded by family, culture and a deep understanding of connection to country.

Passionate, learned and spiritually aware, Josh has a personal commitment to sharing his knowledge of his culture and lore with visitors. It is for this reason he created ‘Koomal Dreaming’ so that he could communicate at least part of his connection with his land and his people with guests from around Australia and the world.

From his home base of Dunsborough, Josh provides guests with the opportunity to taste native foods, discover bush medicine, and experience traditional fire lighting. 


Alysha Sladden

Alysha Sladden, one of the new generation of chefs to come out of the South West of Western Australia, is poised to extend the region’s reputation for fine dining.

Originally from Nannup, Alysha is now a pastry chef at Rustico at Hay Shed Hill in Margaret River. Long term, Alysha has ambitions to open her own restaurant where good hearty Australian food will be served in a family atmosphere.

Meet Alysha at the Friday Night Gardeners Mingle  You can also catch Alysha Across the weekend.

Simon & Sarah Green

Simon & Sarah Green stumbled upon their little nook of West Australian countryside back in 2009, with the babbling Nannup Brook flowing through to the Blackwood River. This is where “Southern Forests Honey” was created.

Being 2nd generation apiarists, Simon & Sarah have spent years managing and maintaining healthy hives and exploring the depths of our beautiful South West region to locate blossoms for their busy bees, Their raw honey is as nature intended, cold-filtered, unpasteurised nor diluted, therefore maintaining its core essential health benefits.

Simon & Sarah continue to nurture their community by providing regular education sessions and gorgeous golden honey products.

Meet Simon and Sarah On one of the Southern Forest Honey Farm Tours