Our Botanical Guides

Eddie Wasbutzki is the current head gardener of the historically significant Beechmont Gardens in Olinda, a garden guide with Botanica, and also looks after his own 2-acre garden in Emerald. A passionate gardener and plant expert, Eddie's career spans more than 35 years in both the floristry and nursery industries, including the establishment of the Lone Hydrangea Florist & Nursery in Hawthorn and 16 years at Cloudehill Nursery.

Eddie’s knowledge of the Dandenong Ranges gardens and its flora is exceptional. As he escorts you through exquisite secret gardens, Eddie will inspire you by sharing his enduring passion for plants.



Margi Petzke - A passionate plantswoman, Margi had a great love of gardens and gardening long before she studied Horticulture at the renowned Burnley College in Melbourne. Her past horticultural employment has included Lecturer in Horticultural Therapy, Teacher in Vocational Skills in Horticulture, along with Garden Coordination and Selection for Open Gardens Australia. She has been the Activities Coordinator for Plant Trust for 8 years and continues to garden on properties in her local area while tending her own 1.5 acre garden in her limited spare time.



Virginia Heywood is a keen gardener with 3 acres of garden on a 16 acre property in Seville on theWarburton Highway. After spending 20 years in London she returned to Melbourne at theend of the 90s and did a Cert IV at Burnley College. She is also a guide at the RoyalBotanic Gardens in Melbourne, is part of the team for the 3CR Garden Show on Sundays,and is Secretary of Plant Trust which is concerned with preserving garden plants as they can so easily disappear over the years.


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