Paul Kirkpatrick

paulof Estate Gardening in Jamberoo 

Paul originally worked as a Secondary English, History, Drama, Indonesian and ESL teacher in Australia as well as overseas in Brunei, Bahrain and Oman.

While teaching, Paul also pursued his passion for plants by studying horticulture at Yallah TAFE.

On arriving home from a teaching contract in Oman, he decided to make his passion, his career, by creating the business, Estate Gardening. Over the last eleven years the business has specialised in the design and maintenance of large acreage gardens on the South Coast.

In 2006 Estate Gardening further expanded into retail, selling quality garden tools and beautiful garden art on-line as well as at garden events across four states.

Last year Paul took on yet another challenge, as manager of the outdoor staff responsible for a heritage listed, Paul Sorensen garden near Wollongong.

Over the years, Paul has also spoken to over one hundred groups (mainly garden clubs) on topics as diverse as French garden design, the flora and gardens of Norfolk Island and roses in New Zealand. Highlights have been presentations at the French Embassy in Canberra, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney as well as for the Australian Institute of Horticulture and the Australian Garden History Society.

When not on the road or engrossed in garden, Paul lives in Jamberoo with his wife, Frances.

John Small

John Smallon Beekeeping

John started keeping bees while in Primary school using old beekeeping equipment belonging to his grandfather and great grandfather that he found in the sheds on the family farm at Orangeville near Camden. From that start his fascination with the honey bee developed initially into a lifelong hobby and he always maintained at least a few hives. In 2005 his family moved to Condobolin and in partnership with wife Bervely, a part time beekeeping enterprise was established. Whilst still only a part time enterprise, John and Beverly along with their son and daughter in law, Allan and Lisa now maintain about 400 honey producing  hives generally within about 150 kms of Condobolin. John believes the major issues for both the commercial and hobby beekeeper in the future are the decline in the range of floral resources in our landscape and the impact of recent and future exotic honey bee pest and diseases reaching Australia. Understand how to manage these challenges and beekeeping can be still fascinating and rewarding in the garden.

Sally Bourne

of Sally Bourne Landscapes

Sustainable, rustic, earthy, achievable and family friendly gardens are Sally Bourne Landscapes’ trademark. Sally has a strong link to the individual and timeless landscapes she designs. Ensuring the success of the design and the development of the space over time is fundamental.

Based in the heartland of the Central West, Sally specializes in the preparation of landscape plans and provides on-site consultancy advice throughout the region. Her portfolio throughout the Lachlan, Forbes, Weddin, Cowra and Cabonne Shire Council areas provides a visual testament to her dedication for every project from large-scale commercial through to small boutique residential ventures.

Sally specialises in design to enhance and soften commercial developments, provide aesthetic and creative outdoor spaces, functional public areas and innovative play-spaces.

Vas Roberts

of Narromine Iris Farm

Mel and Vas Roberts started growing irises in 1997 and opened to the public with three display beds and 15 rows of irises, for the first time in the spring of 1998.

They have transformed the old bull yards into a lovely picturesque and peaceful spot to visit.

From small beginnings the Iris Farm has grown to around five acres of tall bearded iris, plus about three acres of gardens and lawn area.

A new addition for visitors to the Iris Farm is an extensive display of rocks, minerals, corals, shells, New Guinea artifacts and some old wares.