What To Expect

Events and Activities


The Rivendell Flower Show is set to inspire audiences with unforgettable floral displays and garden exhibits across both days of our festival. Crowds will also experience keynote speakers leading masterclasses and interactive workshops, meet up and coming and established landscape designers and industry experts, as well as gain entry to one of the most unique heritage landmarks in Sydney.

Presenters confirmed for the 2018 Rivendell Flower Show:


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Helen Young
Horticulturist Helen Young is based in Willoughby on Sydney's leafy North Shore, and has been established since 1993. Helen is a member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) and is the winner of the Plantscape Design Award in the 2008 AILDM Landscape Design Awards. She is also well known for her weekly garden columns in The Weekend Australian and as a regular on 702ABC radio's gardening talkback show.

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Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas is a horticulture consultant to Yates, providing educational and inspirational gardening information to Yates staff, customers, consumers and the media. She frequently runs gardening workshops at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney and Centennial Parklands, and is a guest speaker at garden clubs and shows. Angie has written for several gardening and lifestyle magazines and websites and regularly appears on local and national radio shows to talk about gardening.

She is a member of the Horticultural Media Association and also sits on the expert technical panel of the Smart Approved Water Mark, which is an independent international water efficiency scheme that certifies products and services that saves water

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Matthew Carroll (Hortiman®)
Matthew Carroll (also known as Hortiman®) has worked in many aspects of horticulture for over 15 years. Armed witrh experience in garden writing , radio production, garden travel and a  vision for sharing horticulture knowledge digitally, Matthew established Hortiman® in 2010 in order to take gardening to a younger audience.

A regular at gardening events, Matthew relishes sharing his passion for all things plants, gardening technologies and innovation with Australian audiences.

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Simon Holloway
Simon grew up on a hobby farm on the far north coast of NSW and has always been an avid gardener. He jumped at the opportunity to join Vegepod founder, Matt Harris, five years ago and has not looked back since.

As a co-owner, one of Simon's main responsibilities has been to drive the Accessible Gardening and Community Programs arm.

After entering into a formal collaboration with the federal government and Southern Cross University, Simon and the team have exhibited around the globe promoting accessible gardening and therapeutic horticulture, including Chelsea.

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Sandhya Sunil
Earth Matters Consulting is a landscape design practice offering garden design and horticultural advice.

Founder and principal designer Sandhya Sunil holds a Diploma in Landscape Design and a Degree in Architecture. Sandhya was the recipient of the State Medal for the Diploma in Landscape Design. At the Australian Garden Show Sydney (2014) Sandhya's display garden got a Bronze award.

Design is a very personal expression and at Earth Matters Consulting, design takes centre stage. The design is curated with reference to client expectation, budget and environmental sensitivity.

Earth Matters Consulting offers service in landscape documentation for DA, CDC and landscape certification.

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Libby Birley
I believe green spaces are essential as an antidote to our modern lives. With our busy lives I design gardens that last and grow better with every passing year.

Whether a large country garden, small suburban garden, inner city garden or roof garden, I find every space inspiring, whatever its challenges or constraints.

I believe it is essential that a garden reflects the client's needs and tastes, as well as their budget. I enjoy leading my clients through their garden transformation as we develop ideas together, to achieve their perfect garden.

A well designed garden using sustainable principles will increase the value of your home as well providing additional living and entertaining space.


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Roman Deguchi from Inner West Neighbour Aid is a passionate advocate for the need to create inclusive gardens and green spaces for people with disability, mental illness, and the elderly. Roman believes that garden projects that are inclusive mean all members of the community can benefit and enjoy them.

His dream of a truly inclusive public garden is about to come true in the form of The 5 Senses Garden in Concord.

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Joanne Aquilina is the founder of Therapeutic Gardens Australia (TGA).

Joanne is constantly working to bring about change in the way Australians approach healthcare for those with special medical needs, their support networks and the wider community.

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Richard Herring
Richard Herring is New Zealand born and came to Australia in the early 80's. He has an Associate Diploma in Applied Science (landscape) and qualified as a horticulturalist at Ryde TAFE.

Self-employed as a landscaper in the Blue Mountains for 10 years, Richard worked on construction and maintenance projects which included several Sorensen gardens being restored.

Richard has spent 15 years in local government managing open space assets and constructing capital works. He had a special focus on sports grounds and turf management and was on the committee of the Sports Turf Association.

He was also contracted for a year managing the parliamentary triangle grounds in Canberra which included the National Rose Garden at old parliament house.

For the past five years Richard has been a horticulturalist at Bunnings dealing with people's practical problems with maintenance and design. He runs successful garden workshops as well as featuring in Bunnings new online Garden Diary series.

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Vintage Car Display
The Vintage Sports Car Club of Australia Limited (VSCCA) was formed in 1944, and offers members a variety of sports car motoring activities, services and social events. Please follow the link for more details and photos of members' cars. The Club will have a sample of interesting members' cars on display

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Kid's Space

Animal Nursery
Head down to our Kid's Space and visit our animal nursery. There will also be performances from the Flora Kulchas dance troupe, kid's painting workshops with Drummoyne Art Society, face painting and Adopt-a-Tomato activities.


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Explore the Rivendell Flower Show marketplace. We’re excited to announce who will be trading in 2018:

Bell Art
Today, Australian still life artist Meryl Bell’s remarkable legacy of over 200 magnificent artworks has been adapted to an exquisite range of aromatics, exclusive gifts and stationery for all to enjoy
Our aim is to run an ethical, service-oriented business that brings greater awareness and appreciation by others of Australia’s natural environment and the need to conserve our indigenous flora.




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Drummoyne Art Society
Established in 1964, the Drummoyne Art Society, commonly known as DAS, is one of the oldest and most prestigious Art Societies in Sydney. Although central to the Drummoyne area, DAS members are from surrounding suburbs including the north shore and central and south coasts. DAS fulfils the needs of the local art community by holding bi-annual art exhibitions, along with monthly art demonstrations by well-established Sydney artists, weekly art classes and group painting workshops.

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Alive with Style - Bags with Style
Alive With Style works with a range of Australian and Italian designers to bring the latest in fashion trends to the handbag market but always with a classic feel and functionality as a key. Highest quality - best prices. Brands include the Australian 'Sassy Duck', 'Modapelle', 'Cenzoni', 'Vera May', 'Jendi' and 'Black Caviar' Collections as well as Italian designs direct from Florence, Italy.

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CutAbove Tools
CutAbove Tools is a family owned Australian company with the majority of our pruning, gardening and cleaning tools sourced from Taiwan. CutAbove continues to expand its product range of quality pruning, gardening and cleaning equipment.  We specialise in high reach pruning and cleaning poles. The company has direct input into the design, manufacture and quality of the products sold.
Our aim is to have a selection of products that suit the needs including the trade, active gardener or occasional gardener.


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Garden Clubs of Australia
The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation formed by Mrs Margaret Davis OBE in 1950. The organisation provides a range of services to its members (affiliated clubs) and currently has a membership in excess of 700 affiliated clubs representing more than 45,000 individuals.
The primary and major objective of the Club is to extend the culture of gardening into the wider community for the benefit of all citizens and to promote and encourage various aspects of community based horticulture.



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Jane Stockel Designs
Since 1988, Jane Stockel Designs have been successfully guiding companies and individuals with inspired Colour and trends information.
Moving from colour and trend consultancy, products now include classic table linens, monogramming services, unique designs and all sorts of home décor. Vintage linen reworked into the treasures of tomorrow.


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RSL Women's Auxiliary
The Australian Imperial Service of Women's Auxiliary was formed in Phillip Street Sydney by mothers, wives, widows, sisters, daughters and aunts of men who served in the Australian Imperial Forces in the First World War (1914-1918). The auxiliaries grew from this beginning to raise money for the welfare of men and women who served and their widows and families.
The RSL Women's Auxiliary is a non-political non-sectarian organisation. The organisation raises funds for the well being of current and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

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South Coast Organic Fertilisers

South Coast Organic Fertilisers is a family business on 5 acres of land near the village of Tomerong, 6 kms from Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW, working in Vermiculture.
Our products are Organically Produced with the upmost care & concern for our environment. We are Vermiculture consultants. We help you to use worms and worm products to get the most out of your garden, food crop or farm. We're assisting local schools in setting up their own composting systems, and talking with garden clubs about organic fertilising and gardening solutions.

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Port Hacking Potters Group

The Port Hacking Potters Group are a club that wants to encourage and develop amongst its members, the craft of pottery and ceramic art. The Group have held regular exhibitions at a variety of venues and are one of the longest running pottery groups in New South Wales.
A 50th Anniversary celebration lunch was held in Sutherland in 2012 which saw past members travelling across the State to attend. The Group continues to hold a National Competition and Exhibition every two years, with the next in October 2018.

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TAFE NSW - Ryde and Ultimo Campus Floristry students

TAFE NSW has over 130 locations around the state, 9 specialised SkillsPoint locations and several world-class digitally-enabled Connected Learning Centres. All TAFE NSW locations have industry-experienced teachers and great facilities designed to provide career-relevant experience and knowledge.
Floristry courses offer students a chance to expand on their visual design skills and learn how to apply their expertise in a business setting. Courses in this sector are formulated to equip students with the practical skills and background knowledge they need to accomplish communicative, critical business tasks within any organisation.



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Rotary Club of Five Dock

Rotary is the world's largest humanitarian service organisation. It is non-denominational and its members (Rotarians) are volunteers. Rotarians are men and women of all ages and from all walks of life who want to make a difference in their communities.
For 45 years the Rotary Club of Five Dock has been involved in many projects to improve our local and international community. Various local projects are undertaken each year within the community, which are sponsored through fundraising and donations.

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Canada Bay Heritage Society

The Canada Bay Heritage Society was formed to foster interest in and inform the community of the heritage – historically and culturally - of the City of Canada Bay local government area. The aim of the club is to promote the preservation, restoration, conservation, maintenance and use of all places, buildings, monuments, etc., of historic, architectural, cultural and environmental significance within the area.
The Canada Bay Heritage Society acquire and preserve for the Society, books, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, oral histories, etc., as may be considered to have a bearing on the history of the area.



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Legacy NSW

Legacy is a voluntary organisation providing services to around 70,000 families of veterans who have died or given their health. Today Legacy's caring and compassionate service assists over 65,000 widow(er)s and 1,800 children and dependants with a disability.
Legacy is a voluntary organisation supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support and services now extend to include the dependants of members of today's Australian Defence Force who lose their lives or their health as a result of their military service.

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Bunnings Warehouse Ashfield

Bunnings is the leading retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand and a major supplier to project builders, commercial tradespeople and the housing industry. Operating from a network of large warehouse stores, smaller format stores, trade centres and frame and truss sites, Bunnings caters for consumer and commercial customers.
Bunnings Warehouse Ashfield continues to support the local community.

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The best part of any festival is the food and there’s plenty to go around at the Rivendell Flower Show!

Street Sliders
Street Sliders food truck caters for all events, offering modern style of catering, we cook and build on site. All guests get to enjoy fresh food being cooked right before them!

100% Fresh food, generous meal portions and all Australian owned. Delicious burgers coming your way!






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Sir Knuckle & Co

Sir Knuckle is the Sydney Gnocchi Food Trick specialising in catering for a range of events. You can catch #SirKnuckle and the team setting up truck all over town to deliver Sydney siders the ultimate good experience.

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Dirty Bird Food Truck

Dirty Bird Food Truck opened in Western Sydney in April 2017. Drawing inspiration from flavours and techniques found in Japan, Dirty Bird serves fried chicken wings and burgers in a Southern-style affair.
Be prepared to get your hands dirty because Dirty Bird's fried chicken dishes are finger-lickin' good.


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Pizzeria on the Road

Pizzeria on the Road, is the most innovative way to make traditional wood-fired pizza anywhere, anytime. Our mobile pizza ovens, together with our trained pizza chefs, produce traditional pizzas to be enjoyed by all.

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High Tea

Fancy an elegant morning or afternoon tea surrounded by lush grounds? The Rivendell Flower Show High Tea is served in the beautifully decorated fountain courtyard, within the magnificent grounds of the Thomas Walker Estate, Rivendell. Serving a delectable array of high tea treats, you can savour delightful finger sandwiches, flaky scones and delicious morsels of cake, all topped off with a freshly-brewed pot of boutique tea.

The Rivendell Flower Show High Tea is truly a unique experience which is not to be missed.

Bookings available here


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