So far, the topics below have been the subject of training sessions in Victoria. But keep your eyes open for online videos of some of these topics currently being developed. They will be available free of charge to GGP members.
A garden tour at Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield discussing urban tree selection and management – Joe Kellett, more than 30 years in the industry working, studying and teaching arboriculture, and now runs his own arb consultancy business.
Summer fruit tree pruning at Montsalvat. A tour and history of the gardens with head gardener Jo Douglas and then a hands on pruning workshop with orchardist and nursery person Graham Morrison.
How soil testing underpins good plant performance and sustainable gardening practice – Chris Panter, Director Soil Microbiology, SWEP Analytical Laboratories. A Canadian (who has not lost his accent) M.Sc. (Agr.) in Soil Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton. He has had lecturing positions in several tertiary institutions and acted as a consultant.
Member input session.
Sustainable Garden Tour: Showcasing the house and garden which was designed to be as sustainable as possible – Diana Cotter, sustainable garden designer, plant specialist, workshop presenter, runs garden programs at a primary school and Supported Residential Homes.
Urban Conservation: Have we achieved our dreams – Urban Gardening and Biodiversity – Alan Noy, Director of Indigenous Design (est.1987), worked for state and local government in the fields of conservation, mine rehabilitation.
Soil Health in Urban Agriculture – Dr. Peter May, Principal, May Horticultural Services, Associate, University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus.
How honey bees fit into urban lifestyles – Raphie Kruse, hive owner; Jane Dennithorne, horticulturalist, Angelo Eliades, SGA Industry and Science Research Officer.
Are you confident that you can expertly use native grasses in residential lawns and garden beds?
Dr Ian Chivers, founder Native Seeds Pty. Ltd., leader in research and development of Australian native grasses.
Plant Selection – Teena Crawford, Manager, Smith & Gordon Wholesale Nursery who has had an extensive career in the horticultural industry, including retail and wholesale nurseries, landscaping and garden maintenance and studied horticulture at Burnley Horticultural College, Melbourne University
Clumping non weedy bamboos – Dale and Pauline Farrell, Owners of Bamboo Grove Nursery, after extensive careers in horticulture, including nursery, garden maintenance, design and irrigation
Reviewing the respective merits of the unique collection of trees at Burnley Horticultural College – Dr Greg Moore at Burnley Horticultural College, Melbourne University
Reviewing the effectiveness of past pruning cuts and shaping of fruit trees at Montsalvat – Matt Mason, Arborist and Trainer & Graham Morrison, Orchardist, Nursery Owner and community radio presenter
IPM – Alternatives to using chemicals and using low environmental impact sprays – Angelo Eliades, SGA Science and Industry Research Officer
Recent technological advances and the tried and true in garden irrigation – Adrian Saville, HR Products
Netting for Pest Control and Worm Farming – Mathew King, Ryset and Richard Thomas, Wormlovers
Getting the most out of commercially available composts / Soil biology and soil health – Declan McDonald, Senior Soil Scientist, SESL Australia
Tree and shrub selection for urban environments starved of space – John Fitzgibbon, Metro Trees
Garden Design ideas from Europe – Jane Dennithorne, Design Hortensis
Sustainable garden design – Ryan Young, Ryan Young Design
Rock dust; how it works in soils for microbes and plants – Rhys Hamlyn, Geosoil Australia
Edible Gardens – Making them work for the customer – Karen Sutherland, Edible Eden Design
Hot composting – Dugald Noyes, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Nest boxes and habitat for birds and wildlife as a GGP’s service to customers – Patrick Fricker, Nature Connects
Summer Pruning of Fruit Trees – Graham Morrison, Jane Dennithorne, John Brown, Stan Close. Three working professionals and one retired professional
Plant selection options – Tina Crawford, Smith & Gordon Wholesale Nurseries.
Environmental impact of snail pellets, effectiveness of seaweed fertilisers – Dr. Colin Young, Fair Dinkum Fertilisers & Melbourne University
New Irrigation – controllers and water use minimisation, Brendan Collins, Reece Plumbing
Irrigation – Water efficient gardening – Geoff Conellan, G & M Consulting
Pest control – Integrated pest management – Paul Horne, IPM Technologies
Soil Structure & Soil Biology – Paul McMorran, Bulleen Art & Garden, Richard Lee, Kabuu, Dugald Noyes, Heide Museum of Modern Art
Value of trees in the urban environment – Dr. Greg Moore, Burnley Horticultural College
Pruning espaliers -particularly fruit trees – Chris English, Merriwood Nursery