Jerry Coleby-Williams Workshop

ABC’s Gardening Australia’s Queensland presenter, Jerry Coleby—Williams, is coming to the Oxley SS ‘City Meets Country’ Fete!

Jerry Coleby-Williams is hosting a special ticketed workshop for families and another free event for kids at the fete. Not only is Jerry a presenter on the ABC’s hugely popular Gardening Australia show, he has worked for Kew Gardens in the UK and botanical gardens in Australia, and is well-known to radio audiences for his gardening talk-back segments.

Come and hear Jerry talk about:

  • His journey to convert his suburban home in Brisbane to be carbon positive and water wise and productive,
  • How to get more from your garden plot to your plate, and
  • Water wise tips for your garden

The workshop will be held in the Oxley State School Hall on Saturday, 22 June. It starts at 11am and concludes by 12pm, with time following for audience members to ask questions and meet Jerry. Tickets before the day are $20 and can be purchased here. There will be limited tickets available on the day for $25—so make sure you buy your ticket before the event!

After the workshop, Jerry will also host a Bug Hunt for kids: come on a walk through the school gardens to find out about the hidden world of insects and discover which are good and which are not for your plants. And the Bug Hunt is free!

Jerry Coleby-Williams is an internationally experienced horticultural botanist, a conservationist, a writer and Director of the Seed Savers’ Network Inc. He is the Patron of the National Toxics Network Inc.

In 2003, Jerry created ‘Bellis’, a unique, affordable, sustainable house and garden in subtropical Brisbane by retrofitting a century old Queenslander house. Bellis is carbon positive, exporting solar electricity, sequestering carbon dioxide, recycling all waste water for food growing in a water sensitive landscape that mitigates localised flooding and sustains production during drought.

Growing 500 kinds of plant, the food garden feeds the household while the ornamental front garden is designed to deal with predicted climate change. Over 520 species of animal, including twenty-six species of bee, and about six new species, as yet undescribed by science, live at or visit Bellis. Retrofitting Bellis cost less than buying an average family four-wheel drive car and its ongoing benefits include reduced household bills, healthy food and peace of mind.

Check out Jerry’s garden and projects here:

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