Organic Garden & Horticulture Services

In the Mary Valley, Gympie & Sunshine Coast
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Productive and ornamental gardens in the sub-tropics.

Now based in Imbil we service Gympie, Mary Valley, Kin Kin, Cooroy and Tewantin, and everywhere in between.

    Garden maintenance & designs

    • Installing and revamping gardens
    • Weeding, pruning, hedging
    • Pest prevention and control
    • Fertilising, mulching & composting
    • Design from the ground up

    Heavier Duties

    • Brush cutting
    • Mowing & lawn care
    • Irrigation
    • Water blasting, leaf blowing & gutter blowing

    Helping Hand

    • Motivation & Advice
    • Research & referral
    • A successful tree change: it’s not as simple as sowing some seeds and buying a few chooks and living off the fat of the land. A plan will help ensure success.

    Our Latest Design


    Garden Design

    The Linville Progress Association asked us to design a space that incorporates:
    • a productive garden
    • a community & volunteer hub
    • a tourist attraction
    • market stalls
    Jean’s Cottage Garden

    Satisfied clients

    "I'm just so happy to get someone who knows what he's doing"

    – Cherry Wynne (Country Life Hotel Kitchen Manager, Kin Kin)

    "Thanks. We enjoyed learning all about plants"

     – Bliss and Tuene, Kin Kin State School

    "Thankyou for all your much needed help this year. You do a fabulous job. Your service is outstanding"

    – Cita, Cooroy.

    "He does work for me and is excellent"

     – Marilyn Mc Shannon (QLDIPA Real Estate)

    “We were pleasantly surprised by how hard he worked & the quality of tools he brought. Keith is a wealth of knowledge. It was fantastic to find a gardener with ideas on managing food gardens without poisons! We highly recommend Keith for any gardening job” 

    – Dee & Ian Humphreys, (Garden Of Eatin’, Kin Kin)

    "A great horticulturalist/gardener"

    – Phillip Jones (Kin Kin + Brisbane)

    "We love Keithy. Our veggie patch is beautiful"

    – Annie & Leigh Munday, Gympie

    “The Plot Thickens has been invaluable to  us. Keith’s been so helpful with ideas, advice and making it happen. He’s reliable, honest and extremely hard working. I recommend him to anyone looking for help with their gardening needs.”

    Robyn Bromley  (Kin Kin Haven B&B)

    “We enlisted Keith’s expertise in soil and plant selection to landscape the grounds at our prestigious montville accommodation. Keith consulted us on various options and the results were fantastic.”

    – Lake Terrace (Montville)

    “Not only has Keith been invaluable in helping design our gardens and putting in place a very good crop rotation system he also did research into growing passion fruit and has helped setup an initial trial to see if it will be financially viable.”

    – Steve & Liane Tollis (Kin Kin)


    Certificate IV in Horticulture
    (Wide Bay TAFE) 2008


    Certificate IV in Small Business Management
    (Mission Training) 2010.


    QLD Government Blue Card certified for working with children and young people.


    ACS Education – Certificate in Garden Design  (ongoing)

    Short Course, Market Garden Planning (Mary Valley Harvest Co-op)


    Fully insured



    Why organic?

    I see man-made chemicals / poisons as the absolute last step in solving gardening  problems (weeds and pests etc).

    This is for many reasons:

    • Organic solutions solve more than one problem at a time
    • Preparing and spraying chemicals is just as time consuming as preparing and using organic solutions. Chemicals also cost so much more money – not to mention the health risks
    • Organics promote life in the garden, chemicals promote death – not only of unwanted plants and pests, but also of the soil.
    • Chemical drift is a serious problem – you might want to kill the weeds, but your roses won’t take kindly to the spray.
    • Use your waste to make compost, not landfill. Alternately,  use lantana leaves to make an aphid deterrent, or soak weeds to make a plant tonic.
    • Overall, organic pest and weed control strategies will feed your soil and your plants, making healthy crops and gardens. Chemicals will kill more than they they set out to do.

    Gardening gift vouchers

    Give someone you love the gift of me spending time improving their garden. 



    In 2009 floods washed away the kids’ veggie patch at Kin Kin State School. I began volunteering at the school then – working with the kids, teachers and parents to rebuild and expand the patch. And what a great team they are !!!

    We then applied to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation for funding – and were successful. Growing, harvesting, preparing and eating organic food is now a weekly part of the school’s curriculum. The Program is a multi-award winner, including Noosa Slow Food’s Snail of Approval, Sunshine Coast Council Glossy Award – Best Edible Landscape (non-residential), and Most Mis-shapen Vegetable (Noosa Country Show).

    Since early 2019 my husband Steve has been the Kitchen Specialist. Every Friday the students grow and harvest food for the weekly community lunch.

    Please contact Kin Kin State School directly if you want to donate or volunteer, on 07 54854168

    Also Noteworthy

    3 years contracted by multi award winning Wasabi Restaurant, producing organic foods at their Honeysuckle Hill farm (fruit, veg and perfect garnish leaves and flowers)

     Design + install Kin Kin Community Arts Hall Gardens, incorporating Broadcroft Design planters.


    Get in contact!

    Keith Gilbert - The Plot Thickens

    0402 743 471 

    Steven Young

    0490 803 221

    or use the form below to send a message.