Richgro Main Stage

Bring your budding gardening questions to the Richgro Main Stage and have some of WA’s garden experts, including members of WA’s Horticulture Media Association, help you turn that brown thumb green again!

In 2019 presenters such as Sue McDougall from 6PR’s Garden Talk, Josh Byrne from ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and Sabrina Hahn from ABC Gardening were sharing a wealth of their own green thumb advice on the Garden Stage daily.

With professional knowledge in Australian natives, home veggie patches and growing plants from cuttings there really is a seminar for everyone’s home garden needs.

View the Richgro Mainstage Schedule below to plan your visit!




Seminar Schedule

Meet some of your ‘Local Gardening Heroes’ speaking about all things gardening at the Richgro Main Stage.

Compered by John Colwill, plantsman and media presenter.

Thursday 6

  • Jackie Hooper

    horticulturalist, Zanthorrea Nursery: “Australian plants for the cottage garden”

  • Rohan Carboon

    Bushfire safety consultant: “Garden design in bushfire prone areas”

  • Bob Hunter

    Chairperson of the Cactus and Succulent Society of WA: “Rescuing sad and sick succulents – bring your unhappy plants for advice”

  • Peg Davies

    Waste educator: “Making wicking beds inexpensively by using what you’ve got!”

  • Mark Tucek

    ‘Tucker Bush’ horticulturalist, & Marissa Verma Noongar Educator: “Why we need native edible plants”

  • Neville Passmore

    Horticulturalist: “growing herbs and spices for health and flavour”

  • Sue McDougall

    6PR radio garden talkback presenter: “Planting out your autumn vegetable patch”

  • Deryn Thorpe

    ‘All The Dirt’ podcaster, writer for ‘Gardening Australia’ magazine: “Propagation: creating plants from cuttings, seeds and division”

  • Samantha Bridgwood

    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD): “Freshwater invasive fish in Perth’s rivers”

Friday 7

  • Sharon Barbera

    Horticulturalist, plant consultant and garden designer: “Best indoor and balcony plants for a green home”

  • Garden Clinic

    Garden question time with Sharon Barbera, Cathy Cocks and John Colwill

  • Cathy Cocks

    Garden Consultant, Guildford Town Garden Centre: “Top productive trees for small gardens”

  • Dan Dowsett

    Life Member WA Apiarists' Society: “Keeping bees”

  • Mark Tucek

    Horticulturalist and water plant grower: “Cool water plants for health and happiness”

  • Garden Clinic

    Garden question time with Mark Tucek, Ross Hooper and John Colwill

  • Ross Hooper

    Horticulturalist, Zanthorrea Nursery: “Aussie plants for your verge gardens”

  • Fiona Blackham

    Permaculture consultant: “‘Gardening the spray free way”

  • Adrian Mason

    Owner, Decking Perth: “Choosing between timber or composite decking”

  • Sonya Broughton

    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD): “Preparing WA for a plant biosecurity incident”

Saturday 8

  • Darren Seinor

    Irrigation Australia’s Waterwise Garden Irrigator: “How much water does my garden need?”

  • Mark Tucek

    ‘Tucker Bush’ horticulturalist, & Marissa Verma Noongar Educator: “Tucker Bush – edible Australian garden plants”

  • Garden Clinic

    Garden question time with Mark Tucek, Sabrina Hahn and John Colwill

  • Sabrina Hahn

    ABC garden talkback and ‘West Australian’ newspaper garden writer: “Creating habitat in a small garden”

  • John Colwill

    Horticulturalist and media personality “WA’s native daisies”

  • Josh Byrne

    ‘ABC TV’s Gardening Australia’ television presenter and sustainability practitioner: “Gardening for the future”

  • Garden Clinic

    Garden question time with Josh Byrne, Peg Davies and John Colwill

  • Peg Davies

    Waste educator: “Making worm farms inexpensively using recycled materials”

  • Mark Tucek

    Tucker Bush horticulturalist “Why we need more native edible plants”

  • Faye Arcaro

    Cohost of ‘Let’s Talk Gardening’, Curtin 100.1FM Radio: “A home for everyone – attracting beneficial insects”

  • Helen Spafford

    Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD): “Fighting the ferocious fall armyworm: what Perth gardeners need to know”

Sunday 9

  • Sabrina Hahn

    ABC garden talkback and ‘West Australian newspaper garden writer. ‘Creating Habitat in a small garden’

  • Bob Melville

    Rose expert: “Best rose varieties for your garden”

  • Rohan Carboon

    Bushfire safety consultant: “Garden design in bushfire prone areas”

  • John Colwill

    Horticulturalist and media personality “WA’s native daisies”

  • Colin Barlow

    ‘Gardens From Eden’ landscaper, media presenter and horticulturalist: “Creating an indoor oasis”

  • Linda Mitchener

    Horticulturalist, Greenlife Soil Co: “Overcoming the challenges of Perth’s sandy soils to build a healthy garden”

  • Craig Woodroffe

    ‘Ellenby Tree Farm’: “Small trees for small gardens”

  • Chris Ferreira

    Sustainability consultant: ‘‘Inspired infill development where gardens create a cohesive community”

  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

    Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions


We are still tweaking the seminar schedule due to the festival date change, so this schedule is subject to change.
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