We are delighted to announce the first line-up of speakers who will join our conference this fall. This list will be updated on a regular basis as we move closer to August when we finalise the detailed programme and topics. We expect to announce a total of 20 international speakers from the Gardens and Tourism industry.

Cao Guangshu

Classical Gardens of Suzhou, China

Bill Hardy

Communities in Bloom, Canada

Jill Smillie

The Butchart Gardens, Canada

Jessica Boatright

Atlanta Botanical Garden

Michael Harvey

Adelaide Botanic Garden, Australia

Thomas Pintal

Moment Factory

Darren Heimbecker

Whistling Gardens, Canada

Wanda Heimbecker

Whistling Gardens, Canada

Jason Koo

Gardens by the Bay

Gerald Dieleman

Assiniboine Park Conservancy - The Leaf, Canada

Angela Cassie

Travel Manitoba, Canada

Treve Evans

AIPH – International Association of Horticultural Producers

Michelle Day

Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Canada

Anders J. Lindstrom

Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden, Thailand

Gwen Auwerda

Tulip Time, USA

Linda Hart

Holland Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, USA

Pascal Garbe


Giuseppe Sigurtà

Parco Giardino Sigurta, Italy

Judith de Graaff

Urban Jungle Bloggers, France

Richard Benfield

Garden Tourism Author, USA

Robert Price

Vallarta Botanical Garden, Mexico

Paul Nursey

Destination Greater Victoria, Canada

Igor Josifovic-Kemper

Urban Jungle Bloggers, Germany

Paul Guthrie

Kew Gardens, United Kingdom

Mary Pat Matheson

Atlanta Botanical Garden, USA

Felix Loh

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

Dave Cowen

The Butchart Gardens, Canada