Jerry Coleby-Williams at Ballarat Begonia Festival

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Initially trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) and the Royal Horticultural Society (UK), Jerry is qualified in horticultural estate management, soft landscape design, arboriculture, conservation, horticultural and botanical sciences.

Jerry has managed plant production nurseries, urban forests, heritage parks, one of London’s busiest garden centres, and he helped establish Mt Annan Native Botanic Garden (NSW). For twelve years, Jerry managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Jerry is a familiar voice and face to most gardeners having appeared on ABC Radio Talkback Gardening since 1995 and ABC Television’s ‘Gardening Australia’ programme since 1999.

A pioneer of sustainability and organic best practice, in 2003, Jerry created ‘Bellis’, a unique, affordable, sustainable house and garden in subtropical Brisbane by retrofitting a century old Queenslander house. Bellis exports three times more solar electricity than it consumes and the garden sequesters more carbon dioxide than the occupants generate, and recycles all waste water for food growing in a water sensitive landscape that both mitigates localised flooding and grows a surplus of food even during ongoing drought. There is zero food waste.

During the festival Jerry will present on the famous Begonias as well as his garden, detailing systems and methods that have given him: Twenty Years of Sustainable Living in Brisbane.

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09 Mar - 10 Mar

Ballarat Botanical Gardens

Gillies Street, Ballarat VIC 3350


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