Speaker Sessions

Sunday Conversations (free)
We are thrilled to announce a free series of Sunday Conversations with two doyens of Australian gardening at Collectors' this year. These two extraordinary gardeners have single handedly designed and built inspiring plant-based gardens in NSW. Conversations will be held undercover in the Eco-Organic Garden Tent beside the race track.
Both talks are free on Sunday 8th April only.

Peta Trahar

SUNDAY 8th April at 11am, the first Conversation is with Peta Trahar, founder of Collectors Plant Fair 13 years ago and creator of her garden at Woodgreen, Bilpin. Anyone who has seen her daily Facebook posts Town and Country Gardens will have noticed her obsession for plants, plant people and her sweet rescued greyhound William. She has a wonderful style and plenty of fabulous stories and tips to share. 

Peta Trahar was raised in Tasmania, lived in Mosman in Sydney and now calls Woodgreen Angus Stud, at Bilpin, home. The 2 acre garden within a larger property was established in the 1960’s by Justice Philip Woodward. Peta and Peter Trahar bought Woodgreen in 1986. Since then the garden intensively planted. It’s beautiful in all seasons and is open by appointment.


Sarah Ryan
SUNDAY April 8 at 12 noon, Conversation with Sarah Ryan, nurserywoman and creator of the spectacular garden Hillandale, Yeltholme. Sarah's garden recently featured as the front cover on the new Claire Takucs book Dreamscapes. It reaches a peak in autumn when the perennial border is at luscious full volume and the mature trees that nestle up to the old farmhouse throw fiery reflections into the lake. She will explain what she’s up to in this busy season.
Hillandale is an old garden situated at Yetholme in the Central Tablelands of NSW, about midway between Lithgow and Bathurst. Sarah enjoys four distinct seasons and the garden is a cool climate one. The original part of the garden was planted more than a hundred years ago in the traditional English style, so it now boasts towering rhododendrons, majestic deciduous trees and massive conifers. Sarah and her husband Andrew bought the property in 1999. They’ve added a 125m long herbaceous border, a bed for cut flowers, a small vegetable garden and three large shrubberies. Autumn is a glorious crescendo to the end of the growing season but can sadly end quite early either with a frost or early snowfall.
Floral Workshop
SUNDAY April 8 at 2pm The Art of Arranging Home-grown Flowers. Collectors' have always been interested in growing flowers but how do we arrange them? Our fabulous florist will let us in on some secrets for creating a pleasing balance of shape, structure, texture, grouping and tone. Learn all about the five F's in a demonstration workshop. Your home floral arrangements will never look so good.