Ask about Jerry Coleby-Williams
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Key Points
  • Jerry Coleby-Williams is an internationally experienced horticultural botanist, a conservationist, a writer and Director of the Seed Savers’ Network Inc.
  • He is a former presenter for Radio 4BC 'Talking Gardening'
  • Present of ABC's Gardening Australia since 1999.
  • He helped establish Mt Annan Native Botanic Garden, managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney and his design of the Rare & Threatened Plants Garden launched a career in radio, magazine writing, public speaking and television.
  • Creator of  Bellis, a unique, affordable, sustainable house and garden in subtropical Brisbane by retrofitting a century old Queenslander house, 2003.
Topics
  • Sustainability
  • Gardening
  • How to cope with drought and change in climate
Testimonials

Very accommodating to our need, very knowledgeable. Made the experience fun. All round great guy.   
Endeavour Foundation

A tailored, fantastic experience for all. Jerrys passion was evident, but so to was his compassion. He make participants feel relaxed about their situation (intense, on going drought) but also inspired them to persevere and make the most of their current situation. In addition to his knowledge the hand selected, climate appropriate plants (some a little unusual) were of great encouragement to many, a reminder to think outside the box.
North West Plains Sustainability Group

The CSIRO complimented you on your television segment on Climate Change, saying is was very comprehensive and factually correct, quite difficult to do as it's a very complex subject.
Programme Assistant
ABC TV

Every time I save seeds I think of your life changing advice. Thanks, you're a very generous person with your teaching, replying, and explaining... it's been a huge help. You are a truly beautiful man, you must take credit for being such an inspiration.
Home Gardener

Our office has received about 170 letters and over 100 emails requesting your Fact Sheet for organic fungicides and insecticides. You are having an effect!
Producer
ABC TV

Jerry is an entertaining and informative speaker and his seminars always attract a lot of positive comments. Council aims to provide events the community enjoy and your feedback helps us to know we are getting it right.
Manager Library Services

I went to EcoExpo Mackay. I wasn't confident about growing food at home, but your presentation was easy to understand and your website is so detailed, good and fun. I appreciate today's opportunity learning from you.
Home Gardener

Jerry is a wonderful speaker, I have nothing but rave reviews of his presentations at my workplace.
Senior Land Services Officer
North West Local Land Services

I attended Jerry's ICMI talk at Hibiscus Retirement Village, Nambour and wanted to say how much I enjoyed listening to you and the amazing amount of information that you have about gardening. I commend you. Keep up the good work, Jerry! It was terrific.
Home Gardener

Our nursery had a HUGE morning of happy shoppers, thanks to you. The best story of the day was when a couple said 'Jerry sent me!'. Thanks!
Volunteer Co-ordinator
Kumbartcho Sanctuary

Thanks so much for your live Facebook chat - you were superb!
Executive Producer
ABC TV

One taste of your home grown, home made marmalade and I was transported back to my grandmother's kitchen near Maryborough, QLD, in the 1950's. It was wonderful.
Home Gardener

It is clear from both the sheer number of people that attended two ICMI workshops in Warwick and Stanthorpe, that your fabulous presentations for Sustainable Living workshops were successful. Attendees have been raving about the events and you in particular. I'm proud to have been involved in these events which have struck such a cord with our community. Participants would welcome the opportunity to have you back.
Community Development Officer
Southern Downs Regional Council

It was so lovely to meet you and to be a part of your garden opening. I was so impressed with your stamina being in the garden talking with hundreds of people all day for two days! The feedback from people leaving was so positive and effusive. You have inspired hundreds to garden in a more sustainable way. thank you fro your support of Open Gardens Australia. Brisbane is very lucky to have you.
Chief Executive Officer
Open Gardens Australia