Artisans in the Gardens

See a huge range of eclectic work by dozens of artists and artisans from around Australia. Art, sculpture, furniture, decorative work and jewellery in media such as ceramics, glass, art, paper, mosaic, metalwork, woven works, timber, LED, found and reused objects and more. All works are for sale. Lion Gate Lodge, (enter from Mrs Macquaries Road), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NSW, 10am-4pm daily. Free entry.

Therapeutic Landscapes Conference

‘Making Connections – Plants and People’. Cultivate is the peak body for horticultural therapy in NSW. This inaugural one day professional conference highlights the interaction between plants and people and the resulting therapeutic benefits experienced by our interconnectedness. Our aim is to increase this understanding and move towards standard training and practice in Australian professional services in therapeutic horticulture with an emphasis on evidence based practice.

Key note speakers: Anna Baker Cresswell, HighGround UK, on the horticultural therapy for the military ‘Gardening Leave’ and the Defence Rehabilitation Centre and Dr Theresa Scott, presenting research on the benefits of gardening for older adults.

Full delegate price $185, concessions and Cultivate members $150. Book now!

Robertson Open Gardens

Enjoy 8 private gardens open over the weekend of 8 -9 October in Robertson in the scenic Southern Highlands of NSW, an easy 1:45 hour drive from Sydney. Gardens range from smaller town gardens to large country gardens and feature beautiful spring flowering trees, azaleas, perennials and bulbs, sculpture, vistas, as well as ponds and lakes in both formal and informal gardens. There are also large productive vegetable gardens. $5 single garden, $20 all gardens.

Eden Unearthed

Art in Eden Gardens – a unique exhibition of 29 artworks by both established and emerging artists, featuring sculpture, installations, interactive sound and light, photography, wearable art, political and social statements and magical realism. All are site specific within the many display gardens of the Eden Gardens complex. Come and see gardens through the eyes of an artist.

Free entry, open daily 9am to 5pm, catalogue $7 (supporting Youth of the Streets).

Eden Gardens: 307 Lane Cove Road Macquarie Park, Sydney

Plant Lovers Fair NSW

Over 40 Exhibitors offering plants for collectors as well as ornamental and food gardens plus quality garden products; an interesting & informative FREE Speakers Program on both days; refreshments and ATM facilities. At Kariong Mountains High School, Central Coast, NSW, an easy 1 hour drive from Sydney.

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016; 9am-4pm both days

Home and Garden Show Bowral

The Home and Garden Show in Bowral, NSW, has over 150 exhibitors. Anything you could possibly need, want or desire will be there… loads to love, see, buy, do and learn! The perfect opportunity to enquire, order and purchase loads of new products, plants, innovations and ideas for your Home & Garden. Enjoy free demonstrations and presentations across 4 stages including Gardening experts, home improvement, interior design and food and wine aficionados. Bowral is in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands, an easy 1.5 to 2 hour drive by motorway south-west of Sydney.

Planting Dreams: Grand Garden Designs

Curated by the renown Howard Tanner, this collection of photographs captures the essence of contemporary landscape design across New South Wales. Featuring private gardens from Berry to Glen Innes, and Sydney public gardens and roof gardens, these inspiring images highlight current trends in landscape design, including cloud pruning, use of Australian plants and spectacular sculpture.

A companion Exhibition to Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

Exhibition Galleries: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 9am-5pm; Thurs, 9am to 8pm; Sat and Sun 10am-5pm.

FREE entry

Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens

An exhibition at the State Library of NSW in Sydney curated by garden historian Richard Aitken. Features 150 rare, beautiful and often quirky objects from the Library’s collection, spanning 5 centuries, that present the ideas and influences that have shaped the way we make, use, imagine and enjoy our gardens.

State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney

Exhibition Galleries, open 9am-5pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; 9am-8pm Thurs, 10am-5pm Sat and Sun.

Western Australian Flora

Talk at Australian Plants Society Central Coast Group, Saturday 13 August at 2pm.
In October 2015 Kevin Stokes went on a wildflower tour to WA which took him north from Perth and Kings Park to Geraldton and on to Kalbarri National Park before returning to Perth. His talk will loosely follow that trip and display the richness of the WA Flora in a photographic essay. As a bonus Kevin will touch on how to grow some of the WA plants on the East Coast.
Kevin has had a deep interest in most aspects of the Australian Flora over the last 40 years and has been associated with the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens near Raymond Terrace for its 30 year history.

$2 entry includes talk, a raffle ticket and afternoon tea plus a garden-grown Australian NATIVE flower and foliage display. ALL WELCOME!

Leura Harvest Festival, Blue Mountains, NSW

Scarecrows, chooks, chocolate cake and jam – they’re all part of the fun and festivities of the Leura Harvest Festival held recently in the Blue Mountains. The festival ads said there would be outstanding produce, fine fare and innovative sustainability initiatives, and its tireless creator Barry Jarrott just happens to be a professional gardener. It all boded well for an interesting and feast-filled time. Continue reading “Leura Harvest Festival, Blue Mountains, NSW”

Review: Why I don’t like Mayfield Water Garden

Mayfield, a huge, private, cool-climate garden near Oberon in the NSW Central Tablelands has been described as “marvellous” and its public Water Garden a “masterpiece” and “magical“. I first saw greater Mayfield in 2010 and wasn’t that keen but thought it just needed maturation time. Continue reading “Review: Why I don’t like Mayfield Water Garden”

Garden oddities – floral clocks

One of the horticultural oddities of the last century is the floral clock. Most of us have encountered them from time to time during our travels, often sighted on gentle slopes in manicured public gardens at tourist destinations. Apart from a moment’s thought at the sophistication of the technology and the intricate plantings used by the designers, most of these outdoor landscapes are soon forgotten. Continue reading “Garden oddities – floral clocks”

Guilfoyle and his warm climate plants

A few years ago, whilst researching Polyscias (commonly called Aralia) cultivars for a magazine article, I came across mention of their discovery and introduction by William Guilfoyle during his voyage on the HMS Challenger in 1868. I was surprised to learn this was the same W R Guilfoyle (1840 – 1912) who later became the famous curator at the Melbourne Botanic Garden. Continue reading “Guilfoyle and his warm climate plants”