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Jimmy Turner

Director of Horticulture
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Plant Geek 

Jimmy Turner is a self-proclaimed obsessive plant geek, garden writer, and lover of all things horticultural.  

A native-born Texan, Jimmy Turner is renowned for his horticultural creative flair and increasing visitor engagement to green spaces with horticulture displays that use “out-of-the-pot” thinking to raise the awareness and importance of plants worldwide. 

Jimmy is the Director of Horticulture for:

Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture

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Jimmy is one of the largest horticultural-based social media influencers in the world with over 238,000 followers on Twitter. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram using @TexaninOz to share in his plant obsessions.

Career journey and highlights 

Jimmy admits plants have always been a part of his life provoking an insatiable curiosity that led to him studying for a Bachelor’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture. From there it was on to Pennsylvania State University to complete his Masters qualifications.

Prior to joining the Garden's Jimmy enjoyed over a decade as the Senior Director of Gardens at the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden in Dallas, Texas, USA, 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 would often see him on local, state, and national news programs sharing his horticultural knowledge with humour and zest.
He is widely regarded for his vast experience in horticulture fields including farming, wholesale and retail nurseries, landscape design and maintenance, and botanical garden management.

Whilst working across many varied fields of horticulture in his career to date, Jimmy says that working in a public garden has always been his ultimate goal and working at Botanic Gardens & Centennial Parklands is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Jimmy’s creative flair is making its mark on the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney with his Calyx and in-Garden horticultural exhibits, such as Sweet Addiction, All About Flowers, Pollination, and the current Plants with Bite carnivorous plant exhibit assisting to drive record visitation to the Garden.

Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture

Media highlights

Jimmy with Channel Nine's Today Show talking to Georgie and Deb about easiest vegetables to grow (25 July 2019):

Video content 


Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan

Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah

Media interviews 

For media related enquiries, interviews and photo opportunities with Jimmy, please contact the Media Team via (02) 9231 8122 or media@bgcp.nsw.gov.au