Gardening & Plants Expo Sat 27th & Sun 28th Apr


The following information is for the 2018 KaBloom festival. KaBloom 2019 details to be released closer to the date.

The Tesselaar Gardening and Plants Expo is a fantastic exhibition where nurseries and plant growers come together. 10am to 5pm

You will be able to browse a huge range of plants, bulbs and trees from over 40 stallholders. Not only that, you can pick up all the tips and tricks you need from gardening experts with a full program of free talks and demonstrations.
The incredible selection of plants is second to none and you can meet the experts in their fields. Now in its tenth year, this event goes from strength to strength with a solid reputation for quality. 

Whether you are a budding gardener or expert green thumb this weekend is a must for your calendar.

Timetable of our FREE talks and demonstrations

Please check back regularly as they may be subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. :

Saturday 27th April

11.00am Graham Sargeant of Rose Sales Online and Silkies Rose Farm::
Roses - All you need to know and more.


Australian Rhododendron Society of Victoria:
Vireya Rhododendrons all the tricks of the trade.


John Ferris of Edible Forest Nursery:
Forest Garden Systems – Low maintenance, sustainable plant based food production.

  -- Keynote presentation --


Stephen Ryan, proprietor of Dicksonia Rare Plants:
Planting for year round colour. An easy and practical guide to successional planting.


Clive Larkman of Di's Delightful Plants:
The fragrant and delicious world of herbs.

Sunday 15th April


Tim Drewitt of Red Earth Bulbs:
Spring Flowering Bulbs, blooming easy.


Martin Farrugia of Australian Bred Begonias:
The weird and wonderful South African Bulbs


Attila Kapitany of Australian Succulents and Bottle Plants:
Succulents, Bottle Trees and Native Bulbs, their story and how to grow them.

  -- Keynote presentation --


Stephen Ryan, proprietor of Dicksonia Rare Plants:
Planting for year round colour. An easy and practical guide to successional planting.


John Presley of Butterfield Farm:
Growing Garlic the easy way, so rewarding and tasty.

2.00pm John Ferris of Edible Forest Gardens:
Forest Garden Systems – Low maintenance, sustainable plant based food production.

Our awesome Exhibitors:

Alameda Homestead Nursery – Judy and David are Australia's largest growers of hybrid clematis and have the most amazing range of climbers.

Antique Perennials – Matt and Mike specialise in rare perennials, alpines, and bulbs. They even do their own breeding. This nursery is not open to the public so take advantage of this rare appearance.

Australian Begonia and South African Bulb Company - Martin grows an exciting collection of rare South African Bulbs, gigantic Australian Begonias, plus a whole range of weird and wonderful plants to fall in love with. You won't find these anywhere else.

Australian Bulb Company – Marie has grown all her lovely plants specially for this event, she has a range of rare and unusual perennials including Ginger lilies,Carnations, Lisianthus, Peonies and bulbs.

Australian Rhododendron Society (Victoria) – A wealth of in-depth knowledge and wisdom all about the wonders of the colourful Rhododendron genus. Vireya Rhododendrons are in flower at the time so they will be the focus of the show. Also included is a range of new, rare and unusual species for show and sale on the weekend.

Australian Succulents - Atilla Kapitany is Australia's most famous succulent grower. His garden is open regularly and it is amazing. He has a huge range of succulents of all shapes and sizes. All his cuttings are of the highest quality.

Bass Valley African Violets – Annette and Stephen have a beautiful array of African Violets and their collection keeps growing every year. Bring along your questions as they know all the tricks of the trade as well. A huge stock of colours and easy to grow potting system and a range of supplies.

Bryan H Tonkin – A mother and daughter family business which has been established for over 60 years. Shirley and Jane specialise in hard to find garden gems. They grow Crocus, Fritillaria, Erythroniums, Nerines, Galanthus, Paeonies, Liliums, Hosta, Lily of the Valley, Sandersonia and much more.

Butterfield Farm – John has delicious, fragrant bulbs of fresh Australian Garlic. Plant it in your garden, or cook it in your kitchen! John will also be speaking this Expo imparting some of his extensive knowledge on how to grow this useful bulb.

Collings Wholesale – In pots and tubes, Yvonne and Phil have a great array of stock not usually available direct to the public. Includes Capsicum, Hebes, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries and a huge range of Sedum.

Country Farm Perennials – Growers of unusual and rare perennials, including exciting new releases. Also a licensed travel agent conducting Australian and overseas Garden Holidays. Merryl and David have a tremendous amount of plant knowledge and are happy to offer advice for your home garden. Their selection of plants is just spectacular.

Club Creek Bulb Farm – Adrian specialises in growing Liliums of all shapes and sizes. He will have on display a large range of garden Lilium bulbs includes some unique varieties, some he has bred himself and rare species.

Devon Tubestock Nursery- Specialising in rare plants and landscaping lines. Nick and Sarah pride themselves in their range of rare plants from all over the world. They also have some stunning fuchsias on offer.

Di’s Delightful Plants – A broad range of perennials lovingly potted by this family business. Di, Clive, Martin and Simon’s stock includes Salvias, Penstemon, Cistus, Lavender, as well as some rare and unusual plants. Plus they have their delicious range of Renaissance Herbs.

Drewitt's Bulbs – Tim is a second generation nurseryman that specialises in daffodil bulbs but it doesn’t stop there. Tim knows all there is to know about poultry and is an expert on how they can be utilised in your garden. He also sells some fantastic garden trains.

Edible Forest Nursery - John is an incredibly knowledgable and passionate about edible plants. He also works in garden design so has an overall aesthetic to his delicious plants. You will be surprised at some of the plants you can eat and the diversity you can fit into a small space.

F.D.Ryan Toolmakers - Quality Australian made garden tools. Following in the tradition of his blacksmith Grandfather, James makes high quality Artisan tools for the discerning gardener. Trowels, weeders, hoe, forks and spades, all made in Melbourne from high carbon steel and heat treated for strength and hardness. Unique designs blending tradition with aesthetics and function. These tools are a beauty to behold and a delight to use.

Hancock’s Daffodils – Christine and Will have a huge range of Daffodils, Jonquils and many other bulbs. They grow only the best varieties tested for our climate frlom their long established breeding program and other breeders world-wide.

Morris Outside - is known by many a farmer, gardener or trades person for manufacturing high quality added protective wear. Jan and Richard pride themselves where possible to make or source materials here in Australia. The Kangaroo leather is sourced from a fifth Generation award winning business.

Munash Natural Fertilisers - Garry and his team want the best for your plants and soil. His Australian made and developed Rockdust, Renew and Revitalise will have your plants growing,flowering and fruiting at their best and in the most natural way.

PBM Nurseries - This family owned wholesale nursery specialises in quality bare-rooted and potted deciduous trees. Phil and his family take pride in selecting their varieties which include Liquidambars (standards too), Crab Apples, Pears ... well over 500 different varieties!

Peter Teese’s Yamina Rare Plants – This renowned nursery was founded by Arnold Teese and has been family operated for over 58 years. Peter has amassed a huge range of rare, exotic and unusual plants. Including Conifers, Magnolias, Maples, Arums and many more. He also offers plant sourcing, contract growing, landscaping quotes and expert horticultural advice.

Post Office Farm Nursery – Peter Leigh from Post Office Farm Nursery has been breeding Hellebores (Winter Roses) for over 20 years. His Hellebores are grown from carefully hand pollinated seedlings from the finest stock plants. Hellebores are easy to grow, they flower in winter when colour is most valuable, and boast a wonderful variety of flower colours and forms, as well as providing evergreen foliage in the garden.

Pro-Kut – Dionne has a range of top quality Garden tools including Ratchet Secateurs, Ratchet Powerloppers and Telescopic Pole and Pruner. Pro-Kut offer the quality and labour saving tools from 2WP. These revolutionary tools are a boon in the garden.

The Salvia Study Group of Victoria – A society devoted to all things Salvia. A drought hardy plant with great diversity. A beautiful selection of flowers. Including many new and rare varieties.

Silkies Rose Farm - Diana and Graham Sargeant are Consulting Rosarians from Silkies Rose Farm at Clonbinane who always display a most amazing range of potted roses along with more than 30 vases of cut rose blooms so that you can see and smell the rose varieties you would like to grow in your garden. You are very welcome to bring roses from your garden for identification or dimensions for rose garden design too, they are always happy to help.

Seedscape Seeds - Noel loves his plants. He has been in the nursery industry for many years specialising in perennials. His latest venture is seeds - not just planting their own but sharing them with you. He has an extensive range of classic beauties as well as rare treats.

Tesselaar Bulbs –A family business for more than 70 years, now in its third generation. Tesselaar have been serving Australian gardeners with quality ‘garden worthy’ products since 1939. Tesselaar have a huge range of spring flowering bulbs including tulips, daffodils, anemones, ranunculi and more – don’t miss the exciting Expo specials available over the weekend.

Van Berkel Farms – Greg and his father Joost have been supplying Australia with Dahlias for over 50 years. They have an exciting array of Cacti, Decorative, Giant Decorative and other varieties of Dahlias including new imports from America and around the world. This nursery is no open to the public so come and see Greg while you can.

Vanderbyl Vireya Nursery - Anton and Riana are a specialist Vireya Rhododendron growers. They established their nursery on the North Coast of NSW 30 years ago and now produce up to 60 varieties and species of Vireya Rhododendron, specialising in Saperstein hybrids. Vireya’s are easy to grow plant suitable as shrubs, pots or hanging baskets. They have fabulous bright flowers in a huge variety of colours. Some even have a gorgeous perfume.

WaterWand - A WaterWand is a solar-powered garden pump designed to deliver the right amount of water to your plants. It can be used to water garden beds, hanging baskets, vertical walls, flowerpots, in the greenhouse and for hydroponics. It’s great for establishing saplings and it’s perfect for vegetables.

Wolf's Carnivorous Plants - Kim and Wolf have a spectacular range of weird and wonderful carnivorous plants. Fly traps, air plants, Drosera, you name it! Fun for kids and collectors alike.