Dale Arvidsson

Dale Arvidsson

Dale is Curator of Brisbane’s two Botanic Gardens and Sherwood Arboretum. His diverse background also includes tourism, design and underlying all of this – a love for horticulture and botanic gardens. Qualifications include a Bachelor of Visual Arts from James Cook University and Advanced Diploma’s in Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management. Dale commenced at Brisbane in 2015 following 12 years at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens and 2 years as president of Botanic Gardens Australia and New Zealand (BGANZ). Dale is current Chair of the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens (CHABG). Dale is impassioned about botanic gardens and their role in conserving and researching flora in the face of a changing climate and increasing human impacts on the environment. How our botanic gardens and arboreta are perceived and utilised by the wider community, and making a difference in everyones lives is Dale's focus for the future of Brisbane’s botanic gardens.

Clytie BInder

Clytie Binder

Clytie Binder is an Education Officer with Brisbane City Council’s Waste & Resource Recovery Services. She has also worked as an Education Officer at Council’s Environment Centres and her background includes establishing a community garden, coordinating professional conferences for teachers on school gardening and working as an environmental educator in community, schools and local government settings. Clytie is passionate about sustainability and really enjoys engaging with community groups, schools and members of the public to tackle the issues of waste.

Martin Fingland

Martin has been involved with wildlife throughout his life, working as a parks and wildlife service ranger, managing wildlife parks in Australia and New Zealand, and most recently running his own wildlife education business: Geckoes Wildlife. He has a passion for presenting wildlife to a wide range of audiences and has a special interest in the captive breeding and the conservation of endangered and threatened species.

Peta Deacon

Peta has always had a passion for gardening and insects. "I grew up with farming and plant nurseries in the family, and always knew this was the path my life and career was going to continue in." Peta has worked in the Horticulture industry for over 20 years; including landscaping, small-scale farming, fruit picking, plant nurseries, and running an horticultural teaching business for kids. Peta currently works for the Brisbane City Council as an Education Officer at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha. "I hope you enjoy coming on this horticultural journey with me."