This year at the Australian Garden Show Sydney, the focus is on happy and healthy backyard living. Sure, like last year, you will see many stunning garden designs, but this year will be also focused on the family.

Today, many families are opting to grow their own safe and tasty fruit, veggies and herbs at home. The added advantage is that kids are growing up learning all about healthy food and that healthy food is tasty and fun to grow. The kids will become grounded in the real world. Keeping chooks also help kids to understand where eggs come from and what the responsible care of livestock is all about. Every chook that you keep frees another battery hen from its tiny cage or overcrowded barn.

Kids are a major focus at this year’s show, with many fun things for the kids to get involved in. We have a kids garden area called aMaze, where kids learn how to connect with nature. They can do everything from moving a dirt mountain to learning how to pot up plants and take them home. There are hidden adventures inside magical tree canopies where kids can enter a private world and create things while mum & dad or grandma & grandpa relax nearby – seated at tables having a relaxing lunch ora break in beautiful surrounds.

This will also be an excellent opportunity for grandparents to pass on gardening secrets and techniques to their grandchildren – precious days indeed!

We will also have a rare chicken breed auction. This will enable people to cheaply buy exquisite black & white spotted chickens, or silky chickens, or many breeds that almost never become available to the public.

We will have many talks on keeping chickens from leading chicken experts. You will even see demonstrations on how to wash a chook.

Jim Fogarty, Nigel Ruck and I will create and build a very modern garden called the Backyard Farm, as you watch! Over the four days of the Australian Garden Show Sydney, Jim, Nigel, and I will construct the Backyard Farm in front of your eyes. We will use, recycle and re-use whatever we can get, including scraps and leftovers from the other display gardens. We will even ask you to tell us what you want included in the design, ask for your tips and advice, or even get you to help us build it!

By the end, Jim, Nigel and I (with your help) will have a superb area for food production, kids adventures, home entertaining and all round garden fun.

The bottom line:

At this year’s Australian Garden Show Sydney, the kids will have the time of their lives. No longer will they get bored and (justifiably) complain.

….and mum & dad or grandma & grandpa will have a relaxing day full of good food, beautiful gardens, fascinating poultry, new ideas and happy kids.

See you at the Show!

Don Burke


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Phillip Withers 28 july EDM

Multi award-winning designers come together at the Australian Garden Show Sydney!

Fresh from his Best In Show win at the UK’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Australian Jim Fogarty has been announced by the Australian Garden Show Sydney to join a host of multi award winning landscape designers at this year’s show in September.

The legendary landscape designer, who won the Royal Horticultural Society title this month, exhibited a Gallipoli-inspired garden titled ‘The Last To Leave’ at the inaugural Australian Garden Show Sydney last year. This year he will participate as a judge alongside Graham Ross VMM, House Rules’ Joe Snell, Director of Horticulture Operations at Royal Botanic Gardens, Jimmy Turner and Linda Ross.

Jim Fogarty will also join Nigel Ruck and Don Burke in the construction of a modern backyard farm garden that the public can watch evolve over the four days of the show from 4-7 September in Centennial Park. Garden show visitors will have the opportunity to contribute to some of the decisions of the design of the garden, elements of which will be made from recycled and/or re-used materials.

This year’s show has doubled in size, featuring over 30 display gardens built by a range of expert and emerging landscape designers. The categories include two Feature Gardens as well as 10 Inspirational Gardens, 10 City Gardens presented by Debco and 10 Balcony Gardens presented by Yates that will be judged by a panel.

Andrew Fisher Tomlin, NHGA UK Garden Designer of the year, returns to Sydney to create a garden for the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation, 2014 Official Charity Partner, that focuses on dementia – providing a place where those living with dementia can feel comfortable and safe. Andrew’s design will look at the potential of gardens to offer a lifeline to those with early onset dementia by providing them with coping strategies, a sense of place and therapeutic benefits.

Welcoming the spring weather, Phillip Withers’ ‘My Island Home’ brings a piece of paradise to the show, featuring a timber beach hut and bridge surrounded by tall palms and colourful succulents.

Myles Baldwin will also build an Inspirational Garden to be judged alongside Withers, Fisher Tomlin and others including Christopher Owen, Brent Reid, Adrian Swain and Peta Donaldson.

The popular Talks Series will feature over 80 talks, presented over three stages, providing visitors with the opportunity to hear from and engage with special guest speakers and experts presenting progressive ideas on gardening, design and wellbeing. Topics range from rooftop gardens, to Australian native orchards and worm farming.

Tickets and further program information are available at: australiangardenshowsydney.com.au

See you at the show!


Garden image is ‘My Island Home’ © Phillip Withers


Floral Delights at the Australian Garden Show Sydney

The Australian Garden Show Sydney’s Grand Floral Pavilion will be the place to see the most beautiful spring flowers in full bloom. It will be home to a number of floral displays including Ikebana, Australian native wildflowers, and a daily cut flower market operated by Fresh Flowers. Located close to the show entrance, this large pavilion will focus on the inspirational and the practical.

Learn how to make beautiful floral displays for your home, ranging from casual decoration, to designs for family dinners, barbeques and gorgeous garden weddings. Take part in a daily schedule of hands-on demonstrations and workshops running over four days.

The Grand Floral Pavilion will be showcasing the Australian Garden Show Sydney Future Florist competition presented by Oasis Floral, this is where floristry students from across NSW will create a bouquet that Lady Gaga would carry on a catwalk at a fashion show.

Also on display will be the Australian Garden Show Sydney Florist Design Cup designs – floral designers will create floral displays that could hypothetically be part of the stage set for the Lady Gaga Art Rave tour.

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Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 September 2014, 10am-5pm daily

Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park, Sydney

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Angus Stewart’s garden odyssey culminating at the Australian Garden Show Sydney

The anticipation and excitement of seeing what our wonderful Australian and international garden designers have in store for us at the Australian Garden Show Sydney is starting to build. Imagine the challenge these designers have in coming up with a novel concept that showcases their talents and the various plants and materials they choose. I have nothing but admiration for them.

I have just returned from leading a garden tour in Europe where, among other places, we visited a couple of excellent garden shows. Everyone knows the Chelsea Flower Show with its amazing show gardens that often have budgets of hundreds of thousands of pounds. The media coverage there from the BBC was another extraordinary facet of the event with up to five cameras filming at once to give nightly coverage on prime time TV.

My tour group also visited a lesser known event in France, the Chaumont-sur-Loire Festival International des Jardins. In English the Chaumont International Garden Festival. Each year this festival comes up with a theme which the designers must use to create their gardens which are on show for approximately 6 months. This year’s theme was the 7 Deadly Sins such as greed and envy. There were some brilliantly executed gardens that left everyone in awe of the designers’ skills and talents.

These overseas events have whetted my appetite for what is to come at the Australian Garden Show Sydney. Having spoken to several of our wonderful Australian designers I know there are some nice surprises in store for show visitors as well as lots of ideas and inspiration for simple things that can be done to enhance their home gardens.

See you at the Australian Garden Show in September.


Angus Stewart

Australian Garden Show Sydney Ambassador


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The Australian Garen Show Launch

Over at Garden Show HQ we are getting pretty excited….here’s why!

Our Ambassadors play a very important role in bringing new and challenging ideas, innovations and good old-fashioned experience to the Australian Garden Show Sydney’s agenda. They work with our team to scour the country (and beyond!) in search of the latest trends – from new and innovative garden tools, plant varieties, lawn care products to bespoke design inspiration – we’ve got you covered.

We’re working with our Ambassadors on how to share all of these fantastic and diverse ideas on gardening, design & wellbeing with you.

Design concepts will be explored in detail during the complimentary Seeds of Wisdom panel discussions, like Andrew Fisher Tomlin’s garden design for the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation. His design will look at the potential of gardens to offer a lifeline to those with early onset dementia, by providing them with coping strategies, a sense of place and therapeutic benefits.

Other concepts need to be experienced first-hand, like Don Burke’s zippy hands-on backyard design. Each day he’ll be demonstrating clever design solutions that turn your backyard into an entertaining area within minutes!

Last year popular young Sydney landscape designer, Myles Baldwin, created a sublime quintessential Sydney garden retreat called Sydney Gardenesque. This year, he’ll bring a more international flavour to his garden design.

No matter how small your space, Indira Naidoo will share some of her tips to keep your pantry stocked year-round with vegetables, fruit and fragrant herbs from your balcony, while Angus Stewart talks us through the joys of worm farming!

You can experience over 80 complimentary expert-led talks presented as part of the Seeds of Wisdom, Garden Talks and Meet the HMA Garden Experts included in your season ticket.

The Australian Garden Show Sydney will be presenting over 30 beautiful gardens in the picturesque setting of Centennial Park. Children under 15 will be admitted FREE and will enjoy the special children’s area, aMaze, which features play areas and kids activities.

Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 September 2014, 10am-5pm daily
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2014 Dates Announced – Sept 4 – 7

The dates have been set for the 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney, to be held once again in Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park. The show will officially launch the start of the floral and garden shows that take place each year throughout NSW and will be held over four days from 4 – 7 September, 2014.

Event Director, Anthony Bastic, AGB Events, will outline the show’s program in early 2014. “The 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney promises to be a world-class outdoor event, which will once again attract the participation of highly respected international and Australian gardening experts.
We design the show so it is both inspiring and educational for gardening novices as well as the more experienced gardeners via our popular educational workshops and lecture series. The first week of spring is also the perfect time to showcase what nurseries and retailers have on offer and launch new plant releases.” he said.
Australia’s key gardening associations have once again endorsed the show. David Foster, CEO, Nursery & Garden Industry NSW & ACT Ltd (NGINA) believes, “As an industry association we represent the nursery and gardening industry, we believe the Australian Garden Show Sydney offers the very best opportunity for industry to showcase itself to a large public audience. Through the experience we gained via exhibiting at this year’s show, we can guarantee that this is a quality event with real gardens and real value”.
“Landscape NSW & ACT Association (LNA), the Industry Association of professional landscape contractors in NSW and within our nation’s capital is proud to support and participate in the 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney. The event will enable visitors at a perfect time of year, to soak up inspiration for outdoor spaces from some of the most spectacular display gardens that they will ever see. On behalf of our members and the landscape construction Industry, we look forward to being part of this event and wish it to be a spectacular success,” said Joanne Aquilina, LNA Chief Executive Officer.



What’s On Day 4 at Australian Garden Show Sydney

It’s the fourth and final day of the Australian Garden Show Sydney. If you haven’t visited us already, today’s your last chance! Come down today for a huge program of events all day at Centennial Park. It’s much cooler today, perfect for Sunday wandering and admiring the garden displays.

Seeds of Wisdom Talks

11am – Chef Kylie Kwong hosts a live cooking demonstration on locally bred edible insects and native bush foods

1.15pm – Charlie Albone & Phillip Johnson ‘Chelsea’s Greatest Garden’. Hear all about the journey of Phillip Johnson’s first ever Australian Best In Show at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in 2013

2.45pm – Brendan Moar, Indira Naidoo, Andrew Fisher Tomlin, Kim Ellis and Myles Baldwin – chat about the joys of bringing this garden show to Sydney, and plans for the future

Sharpen Up Your Garden Talks

Come along for some great gardening tips, with free talks every 45 minutes

11am – Matthew Carroll (Hortiman) talks about how to implement the Australian Garden Show inspiration at your place

11.45am – Kim Syrus (HOZELOCK) chats ‘Gardening Made Easy and Enjoyable’

12.30pm – Angus Stewart talks about how to grow your plants for free and enjoy the satisfaction that comes from doing it yourself in ‘Let’s Propagate’

1.15pm – Josh Harrison (Harrison’s Landscaping) – ‘The Balcony Garden Revolution’ – It’s time for balcony dwellers to stand up and reclaim their garden! Join Josh as he discusses balcony friendly plants and how-tos

2pm – Adrian Swain (Ecodesign)  talks current trends in landscape and swimming pool design, and how to work them into your backyard

Sustainability Talks

10.30am – Martin Boetz – The ex-Longrain chef talks about his latest project, Cooks Co-Op

11.15pm – Steven Batley ‘Vertical Aquawhatics?’ Aquaponics! Learn all about this brilliant urban food growing system here

12pm- Meredith Kirton (Grow Harvest Cook) talks about how to start your own veggie patch, and then use your produce into delicious recipes

12.45pm – Judith Schulz (Circles of Learning) – Judith will share top tips on kid’s nutrition, complete with tactile activities to keep the little ones entertained

1.30pm – Craig Duckmanton (Nature of Life) – Craig chats recreating the outside home spaces, and how to make a home that works for everyone

2.15pm – Blogger Brenda Janschek talks about creating healthy kid’s lunch boxes using seasonal produce

3pm – Edward Warburton (Greenwall Australia) presents an educational talk on the ins and outs of building a green wall at home

Demonstrations and Workshops

Join paddock to plate cooking demonstrations all day in the Lindeman’s Open Garden, floral design and photography workshops in the Grand Floral Pavilion, ask all your plant questions at the Ross Garden Clinic, and enjoy a bite to eat in one of the outdoor garden restaurants.



What’s On Today at Australian Garden Show Sydney

Thinking about heading down to the Australian Garden Show Sydney today? Have a look at today’s highlights and plan out your day. It’s beautiful and warm out there so remember to bring a hat and sunscreen. Enjoy!

Seeds of Wisdom

11am – Graham Ross “Favourite Gardens Toured Around the World”

1.15pm – Jim Fogarty, Myles Baldwin & Chris Slaughter “TAFE Talks – Inspiring the Next Generation”

2.45pm – Andrew Fisher Tomlin & Tom Harfleet “A Show Garden Experience”

4.15pm – Matthew Evans (The Gourmet Farmer) “Consistency: The Enemy of Greatness”

5.45pm – Linda Ross “The Making of Catherine Hill Bay Beach Garden”

For an overview of each talk please click here.

Sharpen Up Your Garden Talks

Half hourly talks all day from 11am – 4.15pm, by leading garden, landscape and lifestyle personalities including Helen Moody, Chris Slaughter of Scenic Blue Design, the Frangipani Society, Matthew Carroll of Hortiman, Kim Syrus from Hozelock, Angus Stewart, Mickey Robertson of Glenmore House and Greg Soster from Outside Space. For an overview of the talks please click here.

Sustainability Talks

Every 45 minutes, these half hour talks will be presented by Jess Miller of Grow It Local, Adrian Swain of EcoDesign, Adam Woodhams of Today’s Garden, Richard Unsworth of Gardenlife, Michelle Carrick of Seed Harvest Spoon and Steven Batley from Sydney Organic Gardens. Full talks information is available here. 

Free Workshops and Demonstrations

Including floral photography workshops, cooking demonstrations by Sammy & Bella and Phil Dudman in the Lindeman’s Open Garden, bridal floral arranging demonstrations in the Grand Floral Pavilion, and the Ross Garden Clinic will run from 11am – 4pm. For the daily timetable please click here.

Hope you can join us for day three of the Australian Garden Show Sydney!