Special Guests

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Costa Georgiadis

Costa has been the host of Gardening Australia, the ABC's iconic gardening show, since 2012, when he became only the third host in 23 years. Previously, he was the host and co-creator of Costa's Garden Odyssey for SBS television where he first caught the attention of the nation, sharing his knowledge and passions with one and all.

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Millie Ross

Millie Ross is a professional horticulturist, garden designer, writer and broadcaster. An innovative gardener with an unconventional approach, Millie specialises in creative construction, sourcing local, low-cost materials and using plants in unusual ways. Author of The Thrifty Gardener; a practical guide to building the garden you want with whatever you've got, Millie aims to get everyone growing!

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Guy Jeffreys - Head Chef & Gardener.

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 abundant and at its best in the garden, guaranteeing the diner a truly unique experience.

Deryn Thorpe

Deryn 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, writes monthly articles for Gardening Australia Magazine, a gardening column and garden stories for The West Australian newspaper and other national magazines. She can be heard as a garden host of ABC and commercial radio talkback, is a vivacious and popular speaker at garden clubs and community gatherings

Steve Wood

Steve is a Horticulturist who has been working in the nursery industry for 40 years. He is the owner / manager of Wood's Cottage Nursery and  Presenter with Chanel Nines Garden Gurus. Steve is also a garden talk back presenter with ABC radio, presenter with Great Gardens and The Forever Project education programs and is a  passionate organic gardener.

Faye Arcaro

A West Australian based horticulturist who cohosts the weekly "Let's Talk Gardening" program on Curtin 100.1fm radio.  Fayes' garden won her the 2007 title of "Gardener of the Year".  She presents workshops and community education through a variety of platforms including local and overseas tours.  She hosts regular open days sharing her love of all things gardening.  Their 4 acre property only 15 minutes from Perth City showcases an abundance of biodiversity captured through her love of photography.

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.

David Holmgren

A permaculture visionary who will take you back through the decades from where the quarter acre hosted the Aussie post war dream, through the decades of rising affluence and additions, aging and infill. A story that sounds a warning for direct action on the home front. The presentation is also a window into a rich palette solutions and tips that will guide you to a resilient future. Be entertained, inspired and challenged by one of Australia’s leaders in permaculture.