Friday, February 29, 2008

Gardening Australia Expo.

Debbie & I arrived at 9.30 on the dot for our day at the Gardening Australia Expo. I wasn't sure what I was going to be seeing or hearing, but let me tell you....... it was more than what I could have expected.

For 9 years I have been growing vegies using Peter Cundall's DVDs & books as a guide in what I wanted to achieve in our backyard. Then when Josh Byrne joined the team as a presenter, I incorporated his permaculture practices in with what I was already doing out the back. Learning as I went along, I was already doing some of the permaculture practices without knowing I was.

So to be actually about to walk through the doors and into a world of information on gardening by my teachers was overwhelming.

We didn't even get into the Jubilee Building when we saw Josh talking to someone. As he walked away I used my best drooling manners I had and said "Excuse me Josh, have you a couple of minutes?"

Not only is Josh a lovely and charming man, he's genuinely friendly. I showed him the photo from yesterday's post and his face lit up and said he remembered signing the photo. I have 2 photos of us together and so does Debbie.

Oh I wish I didn't have to ever have a shower........ he's just so lovely..... (cute too)

Through out the day there were presentations of different topics related to the garden and depending on the presenter as well.

Josh showed us how to make a live salad pot with lettuces and silver beet for salads, showed how to make a worm farm from a broccoli box and talked about growing fruit trees in small areas. Also how to make a pond using a car tyre.

Peter Cundall entertained us with stories of using braces to keep his pants up and about eating well and the fact he's 81 next month. Also he's retiring in June this year. So to get him to sign his "The Practical Australian Gardner" book I have followed and referred back to over the past years, was a highlight of the day.

Sophie Thomson spoke about bugs and helped us to learn more about the good bugs and the bad bugs. The talks were for 45 mins, but with Sophie's talk on bugs.... it could have gone much longer. She was just a joy to listen too and was just so full of information on the bugs.

Afterwards we were able to stand in line and meet and greet the presenters. With Sophie both Debbie & I were able to have our photos taken with her.

At 3.30 Deb & I were listening to Peter talk about his "Little Vegie Patch" that the viewers get to see most Saturday nights on the ABC Channel.

The 6 beds were set up in the actual sizes they are down in the Hobart Botanical Gardens. Just the areas between the beds isn't as big as the original site, as they have cameras on trollies going down in between the beds when filming.

The great man himself........ Peter Cundall who inspires so many people like me to grow vegies in the backyard, organically and to enjoy what we are doing.

So this little garden groupie (as Amy called me this morning) had the most wonderful and incredible day. To meet and listen to the people who have helped to shape my garden and give me the passion I have.... I say thank you.

More photos to come tomorrow as I am pooped mrgreen

Until next time....hoo roo

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Kez said...

Wow, I'm jealous - sounds like a great day!

The Duck Herder said...

Holy Crap Lucky!

What a lovely day - Peter Cundal is my hero - and my mum's hero.

What a lot of excitment for one day!

Kelli said...

I have to laugh. Looks like you had a fabulous time :)

Lucky-1 said...

Oh Kez, it was the most amazing day. I was on a high all day and even last night writing about on my blog....had me pumping again.

Lucky-1 said...

Holy Crap indeed Duckie......Holy Crap indeed:D

Lucy C said...

Now that is garden porn if ever I saw it...!

Lucky-1 said...

I did have a wonderful time Kelli:D So glad I was able to go.

Lucky-1 said...

ROTFL Oh Lucy..... give me the GA boys any day over the Hollywood hunks.