Angus Stewart, Australia
New Australian Cultivars – Sneak Preview: Selection and Maintenance
Monday 1.30pm – 3.00pm – $95
Tuesday 11.00am – 12.30pm – $95
Angus is a professional horticulturist who has spent a lifetime working with and breeding Australian plants to make them more gardener-friendly. He has bred dozens of new Australian plant varieties that are grown by the millions around the world, including the Bush Gems kangaroo paws.
In 1991 Angus began a five year stint on ABC 702, Sydney’s metropolitan radio station as a regular on the John Doyle Afternoon program as “Doctor of the Dirt, Surgeon of the Soil, Professor of the Paddock”. Angus has since worked on 702 with a range of presenters and is currently a regular on the Weekend Program on Saturday mornings with Simon Marney.
Angus has been a gardening presenter on free to air TV for over twenty years including an eleven year run as NSW presenter for Gardening Australia on ABC TV. In 2014 Angus won the Horticultural Media Association of Australia’s Laurels Award for the best television (technical) story.
Angus has authored 5 books – ‘Gardening on the Wild Side’, ‘Let’s Propagate’, ‘Australian Plants for Year Round Colour’, ‘500 Plants’ and ‘Creating an Australian Garden’ which won the 2013 Horticultural Media Association of Australia Laurels award for the best general gardening book. This book has sold over 25,000 copies to date.
Angus is a regular contributor to Gardening Australia magazine and in the past wrote regular columns for Belle, Australian Table, Gardens and Outdoor Living and Australian Gardener. He has also written for Better Homes and Gardens, Organic Gardener, and Australian Women’s Weekly Home Library.
In 2013, Angus received the Australian Plants Award (Professional category), the highest accolade that can be given by the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia) for his outstanding contribution to the knowledge of Australian plants.
There has been an explosion in the breeding and selection of new cultivars of Australian plants over the last twenty years. Angus will present an overview of the cultivars of all the major groups of Australian plants with particular emphasis on those that are popular with the landscape industry, including banksias, grevilleas, bottlebrushes, kangaroo paws, lomandras, melaleucas, eucalyptus and many more.
The presentation will focus on why each cultivar is different as well as the important considerations and parameters in the soil and climatic conditions each group requires. Angus will also focus very specifically upon the cultivation requirements for each group, including fertilizer, pruning and other maintenance requirements.