Testimonials

COMMENTS MADE BY PARTICIPANTS IN CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

"You will be pleased to know that the feedback forms had nothing but great feedback - everyone is extremely happy with your workshops!" (Plenty Valley Community House Coordinator)

"I just wanted to give you some feedback about our successes following the Grow your Own event on 4 September.  My partner and I were very inspired following Maria's presentation and are now the very proud keepers of a half wine barrel full of lettuce, mint, basil, chilli, spring onion and lemon thyme. We put her advice and techniques to practice and it is all growing beautifully." (Glen Eira)

"I thoroughly enjoyed both evenings and would like to thank you for your generosity in sharing so much with us over and above the course contents." (Pines Learning Centre)

"Thank you for a lovely last working bee for the year. Its been so wonderful having you as part of the extended Chirnside Park team! Your knowledge and friendly approach with our volunteers has been a perfect fit for growing our community garden club. Thank you so much for all the effort you have put into the information sheets and the school planting day, its much appreciated! I look forward to another great year ahead." (Chirnside Park)

"Our host speaker was most informative on her knowledge and the way Maria put it across her talk was easy and enjoyable to take in and grasp. Down to earth and fun.” (Wallan)

"Thanks for a great evening. It was one of the best. Great feedback from the crowd". (Manningham)

"Thanks for a wonderful workshop on preserving. Your setup is fabulous and I really enjoyed the morning making and talking about preserves. Absolutely delicious rhubarb cake too! I would certainly do more workshops with you". (Eltham)

"Thank you Maria, It was a most enjoyable and professional presentation." (Nillumbik)

"(Maria is) a fabulous wealth of knowledge". (Donvale)

"Excellent – lots of very helpful info, perfect for a total novice!" (Park Orchards)

"Maria is a great presenter and really informative." (Forest Hill)

"Thank you for Maria giving us a detail and useful workshop. We do not only listening, we can also use our hands to touch. It is very helpful for memory. It is the most excellent workshop". – Fun, Whitehorse resident

"What a fantastic day my daughter and I had. Maria is very motivating, a wealth of information and just fantastic…thanks so much to everyone involved and especially Maria, we both went home very enthusiastic to make our vege garden more productive, thank you all so much." – Sharon and Tahnee, Whitehorse residents

"I was very impressed by Maria and her presentation. It was comprehensive, jam packed with information which was all relevant, very organised, stayed on the topic, well presented and enjoyable. Maria was very generous with her knowledge, which included a range of things, like making seed planting pots out of newspaper (what a brilliant idea), making pesto, when and what to sow and the needs of plants and veges etc.  During her presentation she also managed to answer questions without getting side-tracked (as many presenters are prone to) and she and Whitehorse Council also gave us plenty of little things to take home. I will keep an eye out for any seminars Maria gives and try to attend". – Marianne, Whitehorse resident

"It really was a special day. I thought Maria was amazing being able to competently answer every question thrown at her. It was obvious that she had extensive background in gardening both in the commercial and domestic sphere. Also her teaching background shone through. I've mentioned the experience to everyone I've spoken to in the past week. Also I've enjoyed watching my  take way seedlings grow. – Julianne, Whitehorse resident"

"Thank you so much Maria for all of your knowledge and advice today. You are the Yoda of veggie growing!!!" (Hawthorn)

"The class was great i learnt a lot about soil preparation. All classes are beneficial if you can come home with only one important thing that you have learnt then they are successful classes. I came home with many tips. Maria was great (at) presentation very informative. I will definitely recommend these classes. Thankyou for presenting them at the Nursery". (Bulleen)

"Very informative & interesting. Good size class .. Enjoyed it so much I'm coming back for the composting class." (Bulleen)

"Excellent, practical presentation, I have learned more in one night than in years!" (Glen Eira)

"The presenter was very informative and the hand outs excellent, especially regarding the level of skill required to be successful ie beginner, advanced.".(Glen Eira)

"I am a beginner so the handouts and information provided were great!" (Glen Eira)

"I'm looking forward to Maria's next presentation!"

"Thanks, helped me to become inspired to go ahead with home vegie patch. Helps me become a happier and calmer employee!" (Glen Eira)

"Notes provided were excellent and matched (the) slide show." (Glen Eira)

"Good handout and willingness to answer questions". (Glen Eira)

"All of the presentation was very interesting and presenter was knowledgeable and spoke very clearly". (Glen Eira)

“Would recommend this seminar to all people wanting to keep chickens.” (Wallan)

“Maria is an excellent presenter who is obviously passionate about chickens.” (Wallan)

“Had no idea about keeping chooks and now feel a lot more confident to start.” (Wallan)

"Thanks for the presentation, it was fantastic.  I am already organising my coop and will contact the fellow from Research about some chickens once my coop is set up. 
Hopefully I will get it right and have happy healthy hens."  (Nillumbik)

"Maria is a fantastic teacher. Everything was explained clearly and simply whilst being very informative . I had some idea about composting but Maria gave me so much more information . We were all asked questions we wanted answers to at the beginning and through the course of the night Maria answered all of them. There were some great money saving tips given to us all and I'am implementing them in my garden as we speak. I will definitely look out for more workshops of interest with Maria in the future. Thanks for a great night." (Bulleen)

"Thank you Maria, It was a most enjoyable and professional presentation." (Nillumbik)

"Excellent – lots of very helpful info, perfect for a total novice!" (Park Orchards)

"Maria is a great presenter and really informative." (Forest Hill)

"Ran over time but was extremely informative. Maria’s a great teacher." (Preston)

"A very knowledgeable and personable presenter. Enjoyed all the great information." (Greensborough)

"Well presented, clear, good use of projector. Very well run and organised. Thank you" (Ivanhoe)

"Well done!! Very easy to understand.  I really appreciated this Maria!! Well presented and great info." (Rosanna)

"Very well covered, good depth of info, handouts and overheads excellent." (Blackburn)

"Excellent. Clear understandable information presented in a warm friendly flexible manner. Thank you. Great session. Supper was very thoughtful." (Nth Balwyn)

"Very clear and concise presenter. Well presented – written materials/overheads, verbal – covering various learning styles. Thanks Maria – excellent" (Montmorency)

"Very clearly presented, thank you Maria." (Box Hill)

"Very informative, well presented." (Bulleen)

"Very excited: informative and good basic knowledge." (Eltham)

"It was excellent! The photos really helped and now we just have to decide on pets vs layers!!" (Heidelberg Heights)

"Very personable style." (Heidelberg Heights)

"Excellent presentation." (Rosanna)

"Presented with obvious passion for chooks." (Preston)

"Very easy to follow and understand. Maria is warm and enthusiastic, funny (and) entertaining presenter." (Kew East)

"Loved it. Very enjoyable, easy to listen to, very knowledgeable on lots of topics." (Doreen)

"It covered everything and more that I needed to know." (Mitcham)