Jimmy Turner ~ Grand Closing Keynote Speaker

Jimmy Turner is a self-proclaimed obsessive plant geek, garden writer, and lover of all things horticultural. He was appointed in 2013 as the Director of Horticulture Operations for the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, the Australian Botanic Garden, and Centennial Parklands. Previously, Jimmy enjoyed over a decade as the Senior Director of Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden in Dallas, Texas where he honed his skills in Horticultural Display. Whilst there, he created the largest and one of the most successful plant trial programs in North America. You could often see him on local, state, and national news programs sharing his horticultural knowledge with humor and zest.

A native-born Texan who has worked in many fields across horticulture including farming, wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape design and maintenance, and botanical garden management, Jimmy received his M.Sc. in Ornamental Horticulture from The Pennsylvania State University. He considers horticulture to a calling not a career and is known for his fast-talking, passionate, and enthusiastic presentations. Jimmy firmly believes that subtlety isn’t an achievement.

He is known for having a flair for increasing visitor engagement with horticultural display by using “out-of-the-pot” thinking to increase awareness of plants. His vision has been realized again in his current “Plants With Bite” carnivorous plant exhibition in the Calyx at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

Jimmy has become a social media influencer with one of the largest horticulture-based Twitter followings in the world. You can find him at @TexanInOz to share in his plant obsessions.