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The Garden Gurus presenters have an extensive background in horticulture and now they are very excited to share their knowledge with viewers through the The Garden Gurus TV show, online Factsheets and Videos. Broadcasting Nationally, The Gurus Team have fantastic ideas, stories and celebrity gardeners to get you kick started into reclaiming your special sanctuary. All the segments seen on the show are created to help make gardening easy and enjoyable with all the information you need to create and maintain a successful garden.

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Trevor Cochcrane

Trevor is possibly best known nationally as the host of the popular national gardening show, The Garden Gurus, which has been playing on Channel 9 since February 2002. He has been involved in the TV industry for over two decades, launching new programs and hosting and producing lifestyle shows for both Western Australian television and nationally for the Nine Network Australia and internationally where programs are seen in 141 countries.

In addition to The Garden Gurus and Destination WA, Trevor also presents and produces Explore TV, Delish Destinations, Delish and executive produces Our State on a Plate, all produced by his hand-picked talented team at his production company Guru Productions in Leederville, Western Australia.

When he is not traveling all over Australia and around the world for his travel programs, Trevor enjoys nothing more than gardening and relaxing on his hills property in Western Australia.

Bonnie-Marie Hibbs

Bonnie-Marie Hibbs is a qualified Horticulturist, working within the industry for the last 10 years and with Gardenworld Nursery as their leading seedling buyer and manager. She loves sharing her knowledge with others, always trying to inspire people to take their first step into gardening.

Bonnie-Marie dedicates a lot of her spare time to writing her online blog, "The Gardener's Notebook" which she established in 2012, creating videos in her garden where she shares her latest garden updates, DIYs and information, as well as being a passionate photographer who loves capturing the beauty of plants through a lens. Her writing has been published on garden blogs, Australian Plant Society, magazines and she's appeared on the 3AW radio program as a guest speaker on numerous occasions.

Nigel Ruck

Originally from Birmingham in England, Nigel Ruck moved to Australia in 1992.
Nigel started landscaping in 1990 working with fellow landscapers before establishing in 1996 his own landscaping and design business in Sydney.

He worked on Nine's Backyard Blitz program as the resident landscaper, has done stints of travel presenting on The Gurus Explore and is currently on Nine's The Garden Gurus as a landscape gardener.

Nigel enjoys the total transformation that landscaping can achieve and its different designs and innovative use of plants and materials.

Sue McDougall

Sue has a strong connection with horticulture and agriculture.

Her first exposure to the science of growing plants and the important link with the environment was on a broad acre farm in marginal farming land in Western Australia. The native flora in this region led to a love and the study of Western Australian plants. This is also where she fell in love with the horticulture industry and has been involved for 35 years in all stages of a plants life, from propagation to production through to retail and marketing.

Sue is a horticulturist, landscape architect and broadcaster and free range producer. She runs a landscape design and construction company, along with her husband Andrew, designs many gardens and outdoor areas across the state and oversees a free-range farming business in SW Western Australia.

In her spare time she presents for The Garden Gurus and answers gardening questions on 882 6PR every weekend, inspiring both gardeners and self-confessed’ non gardeners have success in their own outdoor spaces. A job she loves - early mornings on the weekends for over 25 years, she has helped generations of gardeners and seen many different trends. She jokes that she is also a marriage counsellor and often casts the defining vote on family (gardening) related disagreements, usually when it comes to pruning!

Sue gets no greater pleasure from inspiring gardeners to create great gardens, enjoy outdoors and have success with their plants.

Neville Passmore

Neville Passmore was born into a gardening family, the fourth generation West Australian living and producing plants and produce in Gosnells, WA. The son of Albert and Tess he grew up through the gardening industries renaissance as it evolved into one of the powerhouse retail sectors of the 1970’s. Neville’s work in plant production, gardening retailing, the garden media, with the public and contributing to student education is extensive and covers significant scope during 48 years of working in the gardening industry.

Having extensive working knowledge of garden retailing in WA Neville has managed several Waldeck stores, acted as general manager in his family’s nursery, garden centre and florist business. In addition he has worked as a training and marketing consultant to Waldeck’s Garden Centres, Bunnings Warehouse and Eden Gardens.

He works extensively in the media these days but is still actively involved in the development of horticulture through his work with The Water Corporation, The Swan River Trust and numerous corporate educational projects such as Woodside’s staff health development and education program. He delivers keynote talks on topical issues such as water efficient gardening practises, environmentally gardening techniques sustainable housing and gardening for better health to name just a few.

Media Career
Neville’s role as a gardening communicator in the media has seen him work in television for Channel Seven, Channel Nine and the ABC nationally on “Gardening Australia” for over a decade. He co-hosted National TV shows “The Garden Gurus”, “Explore” and “Delish”.  In WA he hosted “Gardening Perth”, “Gardening WA”, “The Battle of the Burbs” as well as “WA’s Great Gardens” and “Greenfingers” TV series He has also worked in radio on 6PR as resident expert talkback host for 12 years. He has featured in Television advertisements for Holman irrigation and Baileys fertilisers. Neville is one of the most recognised gardening identities in WA today.

He is also the author of eight books including the “WA Gardening Calendar”, “Roses WA”, “Gardening Western Australia”, “The Garden Gurus Guide to Waterwise Gardening”, “Delish From Garden To Table”, “The Rose -The Latest - The Greatest”, the “Western Australian Garden Guide” and “Nicholas Bell This Is Your Story”. He has made numerous contributions to magazines locally and nationally over the years including contributions as the west coast correspondent for Australian Horticulture for several years. He has contributed to “The Guru” national magazine for 8 years. His photography skills have also been recognised for many years and he was awarded the runner up best photo prize the Joy Harland Memorial Photography Award. His columns in The Sunday Times newspaper have been read by over 800,000 a week. Recently he has contributed articles on plants and travel for the Western4WDriver magazine.

Garden Industry
Neville’s contribution to gardening in WA extends a lot further than just actively working in the industry. He is a past president of the Nursery and Garden Association of WA and has been a long-term committee member at state and national levels in horticultural advisory roles. In 2015 he was honoured by being made a Life Member.
During this time he has sat on and worked with the boards of leading environmental and gardening organisations such as Greening Australia and the national body of the gardening industry. As an active committee participant in the Green Space Alliance he is advocating to bring living greenery back into suburbs and cities in WA.

Neville has delivered talks across the state, in the eastern states and internationally on a wide range of garden and environment related topics. Most recently these have been to help home gardeners improve their gardening practises in relation to catchment issues.

His contributions to industry training have been recognised locally and nationally. An assessment tool for garden retailing presentation was developed and implemented for Bunnings and subsequently rewritten for international markets. The tool was taken up as the standard for the North American Garden Centres Association.

Neville worked with BioWise and C-Wise over four years in the compost industry assisting with market development, story telling and providing social media content. This work is very dear to his heart, being an avid home composter. Neville is a former deputy chair of Compost WA.

He is a national councillor of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and was honoured in 2015 with the Silver Gum award for contributions to horticultural learning, support of professional development and promotion of the Australian flora. In November 2018 this institute saw fit to make him a Fellow.

Horticultural consultancy is a new career move and Neville was contracted in 2017 to oversee the horticultural aspects of the GatewayWA project, the states largest infrastructure commitment to date.

His great love for the garden extends to his suburban home where he and his partner Delia Van Aurich grow a wide range of fruit, herbs, edible fish and vegetables. He’s highly motivated about cooking and food and enjoys presenting the most exotic dishes to family and friends. In 2020 he made his fourth home vintage wine consisting of 80 bottles of an Italian Rosato style.