Claire Bickle


Qualified horticulturalist, teacher and horticultural and sustainability writer for just over 20 years, horticulture has always been a part of my working life and yes, there have been career changes but always within the horticultural industry. Horticulture is in the blood. Also a mother of two, soon to be three, with interests in various sustainable activities such as cheese making, cooking and preserving home grown produce, poultry breeding and botanical dying.


  • Diploma in Horticulture
  • Advanced Design Certificate in Permaculture Design
  • Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training
  • Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education

Work roles: Past and Current

  • Horticulturalist: 15 years experience in retail horticulture. Job roles: staff trainer, stock purchaser, display organiser, assistant manager, team leader, customer service, data entry, marketing, workshop delivery for staff and public. 1992-2008
  • Tafe Teacher: 4-5 years continual teaching for the Brisbane North Institute of Tafe. From Certificate 2 to Diploma Level. Subjects taught – Plant I.D, Pests and diseases, Organic gardening techniques, Sustainable Land Use Strategies, Propagation, Soil properties and more. 2008-2014
  • BCC Sustainable seminars library series workshops. 2009 – current
  • PR job position held with OCP eco-garden product range, delivering training and product presentations. 2015-current
  • Gardening and Sustainability Workshops for BCC, – add in Logan, Moreton Bay Regional and Ipswich council workshops – plus, The Garden Clinic workshop presenter for the Ross’
  • HMAQ president 2015 to current


  • The Local Bulletin – monthly colour publication for the western suburbs Brisbane
  • Subtropical Gardening Magazine
  • Nurture – Natural parenting magazine. Organic gardening for children
  • Earth Garden publications – Backyard Farmer & Chook Wisdom
  • Regular contributor for Good Organic Gardening and Earth Garden Magazine.
  • Presenter on 612ABC for Gardening and Chook talkback 2014-current

Gardening Events Speaker:

  • Presenter at Gardening events: BIGS, Glebe Garden Expo, Springtime on the Mountain, Green Heart Fairs, Farm Fantastic, Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice.
  • Qld Garden Expo Nambour
  • Ipswich Plant Expo and various other garden events throughout Southeast Qld.
  • Speakers Program organiser for BIGS


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