One of the unique and most popular aspects of the Koonya Garlic Festival is its 'expert talks' and the 2018 festival has invited back three of Australia's leading gardening experts.
Q & A For the first time the festival will have a special Q & A session with Angus Stewart, Tino Carnevale and Nevil Reed from Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes. This is your chance to meet and to ask questions of the experts and to brush up on your garlic (and general) growing and gardening knowledge.
Short Talks: For the first time in 2018 the festival will also run a series of short 15 - 20 minute talks from local producers: Geoff Dugan from Koonya Organics will talk about black garlic alchemy, Carmen Holloway from King Island Garlic and Annette Reed from Tasmanian Natural Garlic and Tomatoes who will share her considerable growing wisdom and tips on preserving, whilst virgin garlic grower Daniel Kelleher from Premaydena Garlic will share his confessions as a 'virgin garlic grower'..
2018 Speakers Australia's leading garlic expert, Penny Woodward, ABC TV Gardening Programme's Tino Carnevale & horticulturist, author and celebrity gardener Angus Stewart in a joint presentation will share their wisdom on propagation. Former Nurse, Naturopath and Diabetes expert Dr Ree Van Galen will also be giving a talk about the medicinal properties of garlic.
Penny Woodward Talk: Garlic for Home Gardeners Penny Woodward is arguably Australia's leading garlic expert having written Australia's only book about Australian Garlic called 'Garlic: 'An organic guide to knowing, growing and using garlic'. Penny is also on the board of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and is being flown in from Victoria especially to give a talk at the festival. Penny has a degree in Botany and Zoology. She has published 7 books and countless articles especially for Organic Gardener Magazine. She has photographed about every interesting garden and plant within sight and fielded many curly questions on the 3CR Radio Garden panel and is a self confessed garlic addict! www.pennywoodward.com.au www.australiangarlic.net.au
Tino Carnevale & Angus Stewart Talk: Propagation Cute as buttons & back by popular demand TV gardening gurus Tino Carnevale & Angus Stewart bring with them a powerhouse of gardening and growing knowlege (well beyond Garlic) and the festival is delighted to have them giving a joint presentation again this year. Tino Carnevale Born and bred in Tasmania, Tino's lifelong interest in plants and gardening stems from growing up on his family's small vineyard and olive grove. He studied landscape design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and has an Associate Diploma in Horticulture. He is part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Programme, teaching students at Moonah Primary School. Tino is a patron of the Tasmania Weed Society, an organisation that raises awareness of environmental weeds and their impact and he is active in community programmes and events and gives regular talks to the local gardening groups. Tina has written numerous articles and blogs including the Gardneing Drum and other publications. Tino has been a presenter for ABC TV's Gardening Australia for some time and has also made numerous other TV guest appearances and countless radio programme contributions.
Angus Stewart Angus is a professional horticulturist who had a first class honours degree in agricultural scientist who has spent a life time working in the Australian horticultural industry. He has also had a parallel career as a horticultural evangelist in the media world, including an 11 year stint on Gardening Australia. He had worked extensively on ABC radio throughout Australia, and written numerous articles for various gardening magazines. He had recently moved to the Tasman Peninsula where he has a 15 hectare working farm. He has written 6 gardening books including the most recent Grow Your Own. He has also authored Let's Propagate which is all about plant propagation. His 2016 book 'The Australian Native Garden: A practical Guide" with A B Bishop. received rave reviews :www.gardeningwithangus.com.au
Dr Ree Van Galen Dr Ree Van Galen is an academic, naturopath and homeopath and former registered nurse. She last spoke at the 2015 Koonya Garlic Festival and her talk on the health properties was one of the most popular talks of the day. Don't miss this wonderful talk about this underrated super food. You will never think about Garlic the same way again.
Susan Hood Garlic Plaiting Demonstrations A Tasman Peninsula resident for over 30 years, Susan is passionate about growing wholesome food and inspiring others to take on what can be the most satisfying of activities. She is passionate about small fruits, growing garlic and working with the land in a holistic way, and at the festival will be demonstrating how to plait both the hard and soft neck garlic varieties.