This monthly meeting will feature Jerry Coleby Williams speaking on the topic: on “Bees, A Personal Perspective”'.
Jerry Coleby-Williams is an internationally experienced horticultural botanist, a conservationist, a writer and Director of the Seed Savers’ Network Inc. Initially trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) and the Royal Horticultural Society (UK), Jerry is qualified in horticultural estate management, soft landscape design, arboriculture, conservation, horticultural and botanical sciences.
Jerry has managed plant production nurseries, urban forests, heritage parks, one of London’s busiest garden centres, and he helped establish Mt Annan Native Botanic Garden (NSW). For twelve years, Jerry managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. His design of the Rare & Threatened Plants Garden (1998) launched a career in radio, television, magazine writing and public speaking. Jerry is a familiar voice and face to most gardeners having appeared on ABC Radio Talkback Gardening since 1995 and ABC Television’s ‘Gardening Australia’ programme since 1999.
In 2003, Jerry created ‘Bellis’, a unique, affordable, sustainable house and garden in subtropical Brisbane by retrofitting a century old Queenslander house. Bellis exports three times more solar electricity than it consumes, the garden sequesters carbon dioxide, recycles all waste water for food growing in a water sensitive landscape that both mitigates localised flooding and produces a surplus of food even during ongoing drought. Growing 500 kinds of plant the food garden feeds the household, while the ornamental front garden features plants that are dealing well with our emerging new climate.
Over 555 species of animal, including 23 species of bee, and about 3 new species, as yet undescribed by science, have been documented living at or visiting Bellis.
Jerry’s website and social media page are followed in 111 countries, www.jerry-coleby-williams.net
All are welcome to attend in person at Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane. Free for members, $5 for non-members. ANBA members can attend by Zoom, a link to join will be sent by email prior to the event.