Gar­den ex­perts on hand to give ad­vice

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - GARDEN & HOME EXPO -

A ma­jor high­light of the expo pro­gram over the years has been the range of guest speak­ers who can talk ev­ery­thing gar­den­ing while also of­fer­ing tips and ad­vice.

Tino Carnevale from Tas­ma­nia is this year’s gar­den­ing ex­pert and will have many demon­stra­tions and talks through the week­end on the main stage in Baw Baw Pavil­ion.

He will be giv­ing his au­di­ence lots of gar­den­ing hints. Take a seat at the main stage area, and put your feet up for a while and lis­ten to Tino, the Gar­den Guru for this year.

Tino will be on stage at 11am and 1.30pm on Satur­day and 11am and 1.15pm on Sun­day.

Born and bred in Tas­ma­nia, Tino’s life­long in­ter­est in plants and gar­den­ing stems from grow­ing up on his fam­ily’s small vine­yard and olive grove in South­ern Tas­ma­nia.

He stud­ied land­scape de­sign at the Royal Mel­bourne In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and has an As­so­ciate Hor­ti­cul­ture.

As well as be­ing a pre­sen­ter on Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia, Tino writes for news­pa­pers, mag­a­zines and gar­den­ing web­sites and is fre­quently heard on ABC ra­dio giv­ing gar­den­ing ad­vice

He has worked with the Royal Tas­ma­nian Botan­i­cal Gar­dens de­vel­op­ing the Patch and help­ing to en­sure it con­tin­ues to pro­vide fresh pro­duce to Sec­ond bite, a charity or­ga­ni­za­tion that col­lects and re­dis­tributes food to those that need it.

He spent four years work­ing as part of The Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Pro­gram, teach­ing stu­dents at Moonah Pri­mary School and con­tin­ues to teach gar­den­ing skills to both adults and chil­dren through lo­cal gar­den clubs and school ap­pear­ances.

He is in­volved in work­ing with many com­mu­nity groups such as Vet­er­ans Af­fairs, refugee groups and dis­abil­ity ser­vices. Tino is a pa­tron of the Tas­ma­nian Weed So­ci­ety, an or­ga­ni­za­tion that raises Di­ploma in awareness of en­vi­ron­men­tal weeds and their im­pact.

He is ac­tive in com­mu­nity pro­grams and events and gives reg­u­lar talks to gar­den­ing groups around Aus­tralia.

He is the re­cip­i­ent of the 2011 Anita Boucher Young Achiev­ers Award pre­sented by the Hor­ti­cul­tural Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion.

Guest speak­ers Other guest speak­ers on the main stage this year in­clude An­drew Old­field speak­ing on feed­ing your gar­den.

Garry Van Ek­eren will tell you all about bam­boo.

Quynh O`Sul­li­van from Al­lam­bee Flower Farm will give you some great tips on flower ar­rang­ing.

Robyn Har­ris is an ex­pert on African violets.

Jac­inta Mey­ers will speak all about herbs.

Dar­ryl Hooge­boom knows lots about wa­ter plants.

Mal­colm War­ring­ton from Oa­sis Whole­sale Nurs­ery will pre­sent a talk on seedlings.

This is a very ex­pe­ri­enced group of gar­den­ing ex­perts who will pro­vide tips on just about all ar­eas of your gar­den.

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