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SOLD OUT – MAJOR EVENT 17th Australian and New Zealand Herb Conference 8/9 October 2022

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SOLD OUT 17th Australian and New Zealand Herb Conference – Melbourne October 2022

Tickets have all been sold.
No tickets will be available on the day.

What’s Included in Ticket Price:

  • 2 full days of herb related talks, activities, food and goods to buy.
  • 8 Presentations, herbal workshop and garden tour.
  • Morning Tea supplied by local CWA, including their famous scones and slices and vegan/GF options
  • Lunch – fresh and wholesome with vegan/GF options.
  • Afternoon herbal refreshments
  • A Free Handmade reusable Bag with herb related goodies, including:
    • Herb book by Penny Woodward (RRP $19.95)
    • Herbal products
    • Program and bottle of water

PLUS there will be and fun Raffle and Market Stalls with a range of herbs, herbal/garden books, herb teas, botanic cards and other herb/garden wares for sale


Saturday 8 October 2022

  • 8.00 – Open and Registration*
  • 9.00 – Introduction and Welcome and Housekeeping.
  • 9.30 – Presentation 1 – Dr Greg Moore- “Big Trees, Little Trees and Roots”
  • 10.30 – Morning Tea and market stalls open
  • 11.00 – Presentation 2, – Penny Woodward – “Herbs for cooking, medicine and pleasure”
  • 12.00 – Lunch, included in the ticket price, Vegan and GF options available.
  • 1.15 – Presentation 3 – Clive Larkman – “Herbs Herbs Herbs!”
  • 2.15 – Herbal Workshop or FOBG tour of Burnley Garden
  • 3.00 – Afternoon herbal tea break
  • 3.30 – Presentation 4 – Tony Hoseman – “Native American Indian Herbs”
  • 4.30 – close

Sunday 9 October 2022

  • 8.30 Open and Registration* (for Sunday only participants)
  • 9.00 to 9.30 – Welcome
  • 9.30 – Presentation 5 – Chris Williams – “Aquatic Edibles”
  • 10.30 – Morning Tea and market stalls open
  • 11.00 – Presentation 6 – Dr Brian May – “TCM Herbs of East Asia in the home garden”
  • 12.00 – Lunch, included in the ticket price, Vegan and GF options available.
  • 1.15 – Presentation 7 – Caleb Armstrong – “Herbs for pain relief”
  • 2.15 – Workshop or FOBG tour of Burnley Garden
  • 3.00 – Afternoon herbal tea break
  • 3.30 – Presentation 8 – Penny Woodward – “Pest Repellent Plants & other Organic solutions”
  • 4.30 – Raffle draw, Thankyou and close

* Registration – Pickup your Free Conference Bag with lunch voucher and goodies inside.

Scroll down for more information on speakers and workshop/tours.

Location: Burnley Campus – Melbourne University and Burnley Gardens.

500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond VIC 3121

  • Public Transport – accessible by train and tram. Best PT access is via number 70 Tram from Flinders St in the city and about a 3 min walk from stop number 18.
  • Driving – Free Car Parking is available on Yarra Boulevard.  Mobility impaired parking is available on the grounds.
  • Please note latest COVID Update:  Melbourne University strongly encourages visitors are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations, but it is not mandatory.


Both days – whole Weekend

  • Non member – Price only $110 for both days (includes free HSOV membership til June 2023 valued at $26)
  • Herb Society Member** Discounted Price $90 for both days

One day only

  • Non member – Only $60 for one day only (includes free HSOV membership til June 2023 valued at $26)
  • Herb Society Member** Discounted Price $50 for one day only

** Members of Australia and NZ Herb Societies and FOBG are entitled to member rates.   Australian and New Zealand Herb Societies all offer unique benefits, but membership to any of them gives you big discounts on this Herb Conference!

Meet the Speakers

Penny Woodward

Penny has written several books on herbs and edible/useful plants, as well as Horticultural Editor for magazines and presenting on the 3CR garden panel. Her knowledge is enormous, both well researched and practical and she is a wonderfully engaging speaker.  She has started and run a Herb Nursery, has a degree in Botany and Zoology and is Patron of the HSOV.

Dr Greg Moore

Greg was a senior lecturer at Burnley and has a special interest in trees, sustainable horticultural plant science, revegetation and ecology.  He is a member of several horticultural organisations, including Treenet, Greening Australia, and National Trust of Victoria’s Register of Significant Trees. He has presented at major horticultural events worldwide and on ABC radio and 3AW.

Clive Larkman

Clive is a specialist in herb and perennial plants. He has applied is Botany qualification in running Renaissance Herb Nursery, which also runs Herb and Chillie festivals, for many years. A wealth of knowledge is backed up with warmth and charm for a great presenter.

Tony Hoseman

Tony is an expert of growing and uses of Native American Indian Herbs, especially White Sage (used in smudge sticks), Black Cohosh and Goldenseal.  He is also incredibly fun, lively and entertaining.

Chris Williams

Among many roles, Chris is a lecturer at Burnley, and specialises in urban agriculture. His interest is in researching traditional indigenous and historic food crops for application in the modern world.

Dr Brian May

Brian is a clinical research fellow at RMIT in the area of Traditional Chinese Medicine, having published dozens of research papers on Asian Herbs.  He has a warm, down to earth approach and passion for his subject.

Caleb Armstrong

Caleb Armstrong is a pharmacist with an interest in herbs for healing offering herbal teas grown on their farm to support the health of his customers.  He sees Pharmacists as ideally situated as a bridge between conventional and herbal medicines.

Workshop: Herbal Lozenges

Jill Cheah is a Naturopath and passionate about natural healthcare.  She will be running this workshop on making herbal medical lozenges. This hands on and fun session is designed to teach you to make healing pastilles at home and take some home with you.

 FOBG Garden Tours

Burnley Gardens was established in 1861 as a place for horticultural study and continues to this day. It boasts registered historic trees and new areas of garden experiment for today and beyond. The Friends of Burnley Gardens will guide you through the gardens with expert care and knowledge.


OPTIONAL – for Aus/NZ Herb Society members, family and friends

Friday 7th October – Social Dinner

What a great chance to spend some relaxed social time with our fellow passionate Herbies from other Herb Societies.  Let’s share the wonderful world of Herbs, have a great meal and a laugh.

When: Friday 7th October from 6.45pm

Venue: Hawthorn to be announced to registered participants

  • Meals are ala carte, offering dietary options and drinks at pub prices.
  • Venue is a nice old pub that has street parking, and accessible by public transport.
  • Note: the event is upstairs and no lift is available.
  • Please email your details to or email on for more information.

Monday 10th to Friday 14th October Day trips

  • Selected and Optional Day Tours around Melbourne to herb and garden places of interest
  • Day trips will focus on Melbourne’s many attractions, aiming to accessible by public transport or by private vehicle.
  • These will be low cost. (For example, a guided tour around Melbourne Royal Botanic Gardens and Herb Garden).