Australian Therapeutic Landscapes Conference, Adelaide

Back To Green: So much of what the eye is constructed to see falls within the wavelength of the colour green. Back to Green 2017 explores the therapeutic benefits of nature and green spaces and how they affect our physical emotional responses to the world around us. Anyone who has felt wellness descend in a therapeutic landscape will find many seeds of explanation at this thought provoking conference.

Early Bird rate before 15 July, 2017 – $270 ($250 for Cultivate members)
Full rate – $350 ($300 for Cultivate members)

 Full day of speakers and workshops
 Lunchtime garden tours in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens
 Wine appreciation tour at the National Wine Centre
 Full conference catering
 Networking Cocktail Party at the National Wine Centre after the conference (including drinks and canapes)

The 3rd City: International Festival of Landscape Architecture

The 3rd City is the future city, a postulation to be mapped, tested and debated. The 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture welcomes you into the 3rd City, to explore its dimensions and imagine its landscape potential. The 3rd City will take us beyond post-industrial urbanisation to ask what is necessary and what is possible for future cities, their people, their ecologies, their territories and spaces. Join us in Sydney for a two day journey through the 3rd City, where a mix of keynote speakers and short presentations will challenge us to engage with the diverse facets of the emergent 3rd City.

This year’s line-up showcases a lively and engaging range of speakers, with the Festival Creative Directorate committed to delivering a program that challenges us to engage with the diverse facets of the emergent 3rd City. Speakers include:

Dr Pierre Bélanger, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Prof Hillary Brown, City College of New York
Prof Jeff Hou, University of Washington
Prof Nina-Marie Lister, PLANDFORM
Jan van der Grift, Bureau Plano
Adam Beck, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
Dr Julian Bolleter, Australian Urban Design Research Centre
Prof Rob Roggema, University of Technology Sydney
Melissa Cate Christ, transverse studio
Roderick Simpson, Greater Sydney Commission
Prof James Weirick, UNSW Built Environment
Anne-Marie Pisani, Parks Victoria
Jon Hazelwood, HASSELL
Fiona Robbé, Architects of Arcadia
Tim O’Loan, AECOM
Dr Libby Gallagher, Gallagher Studio
Prof Margaret Somerville, University of Western Sydney
Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Darug Elder
Leanne Tobin, Darug Aboriginal artist and teacher

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October 2017

Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Sydney

Early bird tickets close on 30 June!
Save up to $200 by reserving your Conference pass before 30 June. Plus all conference passes now include a complimentary ticket to the Festival Party! > BOOK NOW

Final speakers, full Festival Conference program and an exciting schedule of Festival Fringe events to be announced shortly.

The World of Truffles, Melbourne

Truffles have captured our imagination on for centuries. This treat of treats is black gold. Whether you want to grow your own or set up a business, this seminar introduces you to the mysterious truffle world. Black or white truffles? Oak or hazelnut host?

This seminar with Noel Fitzpatrick covers all aspects of truffle growing, including choosing the right site, soil type, host tree and truffle life-cycle. There will also be a discussion and demonstration of truffle cooking techniques with truffle devotee Susan Burns. Seminar concludes with afternoon tea and truffle tasting. You may also purchase fresh truffles at a discount on the day.

Noel Fitzpatrick is a well known truffle consultant, Victorian truffle farmer and Burnley graduate. Noel has spent time in France, Italy and Spain studying all aspects of truffle production on with European growers and mycologists. He is a regular columnist on truffle growing for the Australian Tree Crop magazine. Noel’s own farm in Victoria Australia is used for industry training and truffle tourism activities.

WHEN: Saturday 5 August 2017

PLACE: The Hall, Burnley Campus 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond

TIME: 3.00pm – 6.00pm

COST: Members $65, visitors $80

PARKING: Available in the Boulevard

Bookings essential at

Recycled Garden Art workshop, Brisbane

Recycled Garden Art. This one will be from 9am to 1pm, and will include a light lunch. Cost $90. Places at this one will be limited so book early. We will have a creative time designing garden art from junk or old objects. Many materials will be supplied but you are also encouraged to BYO some favourite bits to turn into art. We will also have tools and a handy man on site to help us turn our ideas into an art piece to take home.

Bookings are essential – contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or

National Tree Day, Australia

National Tree Day is when we celebrate our lifelong relationship with trees. Nature elevates the human spirit. It ignites passion, inspiration, creativity and purpose. And it’s the driving force behind why more than a quarter of a million people participate in National Tree Day each year.

There’s no better time to bare your heart and soil than National Tree Day. We want everyone to know the inspiration that nature can bring.

Find a National Tree Day event near you HERE

10 Best Plants for Therapeutic Gardens, Sydney

Join Horticulturalist Elizabeth Swane as she presents her recommendations for reliable plants in therapeutic gardens. Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge, with 40 years’ experience in horticulture.
Informed plant selection makes the garden an important resource for leisure activities based around gardening – including watering, taking cuttings, picking flowers for posies and cultivation. Plant selection needs to be engaging for visitors, staff and residents, and have seasonal interest and diversity. Sensory plants have appeal in touch, sight and smell, and can also evoke memories – important in aged and dementia care. It is also important to select the right plants to suit the climate (or micro climate), water and soil conditions as well as maintenance requirements.

General admission $25, Cultivate NSW Members $20. Bookings essential at TryBooking

Arno King at Queensland Garden Expo

Here subtropical plant expert Arno King talk on a range of subjects at the Queensland Garden Expo. Arno is a landscape architect, horticulturist, garden writer, GardenDrum author, and experienced presenter who works and gardens in subtropical SE Queensland.

Arno’s talks are all free after show entry.

Friday 7 July
10am – garden travel in Singapore and Japan. (Jacaranda Stage)
1pm – Fun with foliage. Subtropical foliage provides dramatic colour, varied
texture and a variety of shapes to be used in the garden. Learn about the
diversity of plants available and get ideas on how to combine them. (Jacaranda Stage)

Saturday 8 July
10am – Japan and China – how garden travel can provide inspiration for your own garden. (Jacaranda Stage)
11.15am – Perennial subtropical vegetables – the easy option for the beginner and time poor gardener. (Kitchen Garden Stage)

Sunday 9 July
10am – garden travel in Singapore and Japan. (Jacaranda Stage)
12pm – Exotic tropical flowers. Some of the most beautiful flowering plants in the world thrive in the subtropical garden. Orchids, gingers, heliconias, anthuriums and bromeliads provide colour and interest. Learn how to incorporate them in your garden. (Banksia Stage)

Botanical Art Workshops Melbourne

Join accomplished botanical artist Mail Moir for these 2.5 hour x 4 sessions learning how to create beautiful botanical illustrations using the medium of water colour paint or pencil. These workshops are for FOBG members and friends and include the opportunity to have your botanical illustrations
included in a soon to be published book on Burnley Gardens.

About Mali: Mali is an accomplished botanical artist and graduate of Burnley. After horticulture, Mali studied botanical art and went on to work as the botanical illustrator at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. She now exhibits her work and runs botanical art classes. She can cater for all levels of expertise, from the … “I really can’t draw” to “I just need some help with this”.

When:  Wednesday 28 June and 5, 12 and 19 July
10 am – 12.30 pm

Cost: Total for the 4 sessions  –  Members $200       Non-members $240
Venue:  Quad 4, Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Parking: Rear car park, off F R Smith Drive.
Bookings essential: Phone Jennene 0412 097 068 or email (NB:  A minimum of 5 registrations are required for the class to commence. Maximum in the class will be 10 people)

Boabs and Bottle Trees with Attila Kapitany

Boabs and Bottle Trees: Join Attila Kapitany as we marvel at these majestic and spectacular giants of the Australian continent, some grotesque and monstrous, others appearing in need of a hug. Much of the presentation will show trees in habitat but with regular reference to cultivation and numerous pictures to support their incredible potential in landscape gardening and design. While some people are aware that Australia has the Queensland bottle tree (Brachychiton rupestris), most aren’t aware of several other species within the genus that also develop bottle-shaped trunks, such as Brachychiton compactus.  This is a much rarer and much more spectacular species, primarily in that its flowers are large and the canopy luxuriant. Even rarer new species will be shown as part of the presentation. Though not bottle trees, some other classic favourite Brachychitons will also be covered e.g. Brachychiton acerifolius and B. populneus.

Start your day at Cranbourne with Attila’s earlier talk on Australian Succulents and make sure you drop by the bookshop for one of his many excellent books.

Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Melway Map 133 G10

Program for the day
10 – 10:30 am              Attila in Gardens Shop
10:30 am                      Attila in Auditorium for morning tea, also to chat to people
11:00 am  – 12 noon    Attila’s talk on Australian Succulents
12:30 – 1 pm                Attila in Gardens Shop
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Lunchtime
1:45 – 2 pm                  Attila in Auditorium to chat to people
2:00 – 3 pm                  Attila’s talk on Boabs & Bottle Trees
3:00 – 3:30 pm            Attila in Auditorium for afternoon tea, also to chat to people
3:30 – 4:00 pm            Attila in Gardens Shop

Cost: Morning (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Afternoon (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Both Talks (includes refreshmentsJ Members $30 Non-members $40 Students $15

Bookings are essential: go to Friends of Cranbourne, click on Events and scroll down to A day with Attila Kapitany – Australian Succulents and Boabs, and Bottle Trees to download a Booking Form.

‘Weeds – from foe to friend’ workshop, Brisbane

Weeds from foe to friend. For those who missed the last workshop or for those who want to delve further into the wonderful world of weeds – how to use them, eat them, compost them, use them as soil indicators, eradicate them without poisons, and including a discussion of specific weeds – bring one from your garden you would like to know more about.

Bookings are essential – contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or


Australian Succulents with Attila Kapitany

Spend a delightful day at Cranbourne with Attila Kapitany, expert on Australia’s native succulents and plants.

In Australian Succulent Plants Attila will show you a fresh approach to conventional attitudes and ideas about the diversity and beauty of Australian flora. Enjoy a colourful visual tour of lesser known and intriguing Australian native plants, mostly in habitat, some of which are rare and very unusual. With Australia’s natural flora of well over 20,000 species, at least 400 are considered to have a notable degree of succulence. Covering at least one hundred species from forty genera and touching on some traditional and modern foods, supply and availability, cultivation, conservation and other points of interest. Included are some of the most under-appreciated, diverse, and interesting of Australian plants. The fact that many of them are among the most drought- or dry-tolerant of all plants, helps link them all together, along with their obvious succulence. Many of these plants have never been trialled in gardens before. Some interesting aspects of their usefulness in the garden will be explored.

Then stay for a walk around the gardens and time to buy some of Attila’s excellent books, followed by Attila’s afternoon talk on Boabs and Bottle Trees

Venue: Australian Garden Auditorium, Cranbourne Gardens
Cnr Ballarto Rd and Botanic Drive, Cranbourne
Melway Map 133 G10

Program for the day
10 – 10:30 am              Attila in Gardens Shop
10:30 am                      Attila in Auditorium for morning tea, also to chat to people
11:00 am  – 12 noon    Attila’s talk on Australian Succulents
12:30 – 1 pm                Attila in Gardens Shop
1:00 – 1:45 pm             Lunchtime
1:45 – 2 pm                  Attila in Auditorium to chat to people
2:00 – 3 pm                  Attila’s talk on Boabs & Bottle Trees
3:00 – 3:30 pm            Attila in Auditorium for afternoon tea, also to chat to people
3:30 – 4:00 pm            Attila in Gardens Shop

Cost: Morning (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Afternoon (talk & refreshments): Members $20 Non-members $25 Students $10;
Both Talks (includes refreshmentsJ Members $30 Non-members $40 Students $15

Bookings are essential: go to Friends of Cranbourne, click on Events and scroll down to A day with Attila Kapitany – Australian Succulents and Boabs, and Bottle Trees to download a Booking Form.

Esk Garden & Lifestyle Fair, Qld

A real country garden fair with something for everyone! Plant stalls, guest speakers featuring Noel Burdette, scarecrow contest, delicious food, free off-street parking.

Venue: Old Esk Railway Station, Pipeliner Park, Esk-Hampton Road, Esk, Queensland. Only a one and a half hour drive west from Brisbane city.

Cost: Entry by gold coin donation.

Michael McCoy with Jen Vuk, Woodend, Vic

Of Dirt, Design & Dreaming – hear Michael McCoy with Jen Vuk at Woodend Community Centre as part of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival.

Michael McCoy talks to journalist Jen Vuk about the journey of setting off into a life in the sciences, and being totally hijacked along the way by a passion for gardening. While keeping his hands firmly in the dirt, his passion has lead to decades of contributions to The Age, a couple of books, years of design-concept driven radio, garden design commissions around Australia, the leading of specific gardentour groups overseas, and the hosting of the critically acclaimed TV series Dream Gardens.

All tickets $20 – buy online through the Woodend Winter Arts Festival website

Authentic Zen Garden, Brisbane

Set against a backdrop of 470 hectares of Australian koala bushland, this authentic Japanese Zen Garden in Springwood, south of Brisbane will open for the first time to the public.
Designed by Tokyo-based master landscaper Tamon Yamaguchi, the Zen Garden cost $500,000 to complete and showcases a magnificent display of plants including Sango Kaku (Acer Palmatum), Trident Maple, Tropical Birch , Crape Myrtle, Scarlet Maple, Eumundi, White Oak, Chinese Elm, Weeping Willow, Banbusa Chungii and more.

Free entry, open 10am to 3pm.

Gardening on the Edge, Maleny, Qld

Visit six privately-owned gardens in the scenic hills behind Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Free entry to garden market, specialist plant stalls and food available. Garden Club produce and plant stall.

Six open gardens including the historic Pattemore House. $20 for 6 gardens, $12.00 for 3 garden and $5.00 for 1 garden. Tickets available at Maleny Showgrounds and at the gardens. Enquiries to Dot – 5445 7795, Marnie 0428 669 990 or

Maleny Showgrounds, 13 Maleny-Stanley River Road, Maleny, Queensland 4552. Only a 1.5 hour drive from Brisbane city

Plant Sale at Burnley, Melbourne

Vegie seedlings, native plants, salvias and more on sale on the Corymbia Lawn behind the Student Union building. Parking on Yarra Blvd.

Full plant list on the Friends of Burnley Gardens website

Payments by cash only. Funds raised go to Burnley Gardens Projects. Wednesday 7 June 2017, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

Sustainable gardening for lazy gardeners Level 2, Brisbane

Sustainable gardening for the lazy gardener level 2. While the Level 1 workshop is not a prerequisite it is helpful. This workshop will delve much deeper into gardening in harmony with nature to create not only a very beautiful garden, but also one in which nature does the hard work for you, so you have more time to enjoy it.
We will discuss plant health and when, how and even if we should intervene, we will look at the important role tiny critters play in the garden and also look at making our garden friendly for larger forms of wildlife – including ourselves.
As usual this workshop will cost $45, and will include afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.

Bookings are essential – contact Kate on 0448 460 037 or

Lindmar Open Garden & Plant Lovers Fair

Visit the beautiful acreage garden of Lindmar Garden, browse the many stallholders selling rare plants, garden products, tools, garden furniture, garden art, heritage seeds, birdhouses and native beehives. Talks by guest speakers. Light refreshments and sausage sizzle available for sale.

130 Blewers Road, Morayfield (Morayfield is only 50 minutes drive north of Brisbane city.)

Entry $7 (U18 free)


Gardens of Hampton, Qld

Gardens of Hampton – visit 3 magnificent Queensland country gardens featuring crab apple walk, old fashioned roses, massed perennials, mature trees, clipped camellias, wisteria arch, fruit trees, vegetable gardens and persimmons ripe and ready to harvest! Open from 9am to 5pm both Saturday 27 May and Sunday 28 May 2017. Entry $5 per garden (U18 free) at the gate.

James and Barbara McGeogh
Emaho Trees
507 Ravensbourne Dip Road via Tessman Road, Hampton

Trish and Adrian Allan
Blue Hills Garden
Deeth Road, Crows Nest

Glennys and Col Seccombe
Secca’s Valley
Palmtree Road, Hampton

Hampton is an easy 1 hour 50 minute drive west of Brisbane city, via Toowoomba.

VIVID Sydney

See 63 exciting and wonderful light installations by inspirational artists from around the world, displayed across many locations around Sydney, including Circular Quay, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, The Rocks, Barangaroo, Darling Harbour, Martin Place, Kings Cross, Carriageworks, Taronga Zoo and Chatswood. Access to outdoor light installations is free, lights on from 6pm to 11pm.

Subtropical Cottage Gardening Level II workshop, Brisbane

Workshop: Subtropical Cottage Gardening Level IIThis workshop carries on from the first Subtropical Cottage Gardening workshop and will delve deeper into cottage gardening and will include much more plant information including edible and medicinal plants in the cottage garden, and more design ideas. 2 hour workshop, 1pm-3pm, $45, booking essential

Botanica – in Sickness and in Health

Don’t miss this exhibition of superb botanical art and illustration featuring work from Australia’s best and also international botanical artists. 2017’s Botanica theme draws its inspiration from the multiple ways we need, love and should appreciate plants – medicines, oxygen, poisons, fragrances, in celebrations and so much more.

Open 10am-4pm daily at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

FREE admission

Making Kokedama balls, Melbourne

Whether this Kokedama art is for your bathroom, kitchen or shade area, you’ll love the experience of botanically crafting green growing spheres of moss and Australian plants. Tanja Beer will give an introduction to her art and work, then demonstrate how to make a Kokedama ball. Finally, under her watchful eye you’ll make your own glowing globe of greenness to take home. Plus, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to create more.

When: Saturday 6 May 2017
Place: Room PSL6 (follow the signs).
Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Cost: $40 (members). $50 (non-members). All materials and plants supplied.
Parking: available in the Boulevard
Bookings and payment essential: email or Tel: 9035 6815

Cottage Garden Club, Sydney

Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cottage Garden Club!

Guest speakers: Garry Reid on South African bulbs; Sonja Cameron on plant and perennials’ Michael McCoy, presenter on Dream Gardens talking about ‘One Thing’ – a design idea to take home from some of the world’s greatest gardens.

The days starts with plant stalls and garden products for sale in and around the hall, with guest speakers at 10am, then a lunch break before the afternoon speaker.

Sausage sizzle and birthday cupcakes galore, and wear something floral to add to the day’s fun.

Planty Fierce

Visit 3 horticulture industry private NSW Central Coastal gardens; be inspired by designer gardens and buy interesting plants for your home garden – all on the one day!

“Sea-Changer” garden by garden designer Peter Nixon, 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach

“Paradox” garden by plantsman Ray Henderson, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley – sun bromeliad sales and advice

“Living Edge” garden & nursery David Fripp & Blake Jolley 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge – rare plant sales and advice

ENTRY: $5 at each of the 3 gardens, cash only, children free & no dogs

EXTRAS – hard to find designer plant sales at all 3 gardens for your garden or client’s

Workshop: Recycled Garden Art, Brisbane

Workshop: Recycled Garden Art. This is for those wishing to be eco friendly and those just wanting to make gardening easier – let nature do the hard work for you. Covers soil care, water wise gardening, reducing chemicals and fertilisers and plant choices. 4 hour workshop, 9am-1pm. $90 (includes lunch). Booking essential, limited places.

Sophie’s Patch open garden

Be inspired – visit Sophie Thomson’s Garden.

Sophie’s Patch Easter Open Garden: Saturday 15, Sunday 16, Monday 17 April, 2017
•  Hear from: experts on how to attract butterflies, birds and native bees to your garden, tips on keeping chooks and bees at home, advice on growing Mediterranean climate fruit trees. See the full program of speakers at Sophie’s Patch
•  Kids activities – bugs and craft
•  Browse and buy quality plants from a selection of nurseries with unusual ornamentals, herbs, vegies and succulents.
•  Home made refreshments: will be available from stalls selling lunch, tea, coffee and drinks as well as cakes made from Sophie’s Patch produce.
•  Entry Fee: $10, children under 18 free, stay in the garden as long as you like. Supporting Mt Barker Rotary Club and Operation Flinders. Gates open from 10am to 4.30pm daily. Only 35 minutes drive from central Adelaide.

Weeds, Plants & People, Melbourne

Weeds, Plants and People traces the fascinating history of many common plants that we now treat as weeds. From the thistles and thorns that appear in the Bible, to the seeds eaten by Stone Age people, and the grasses and flowers brought to Australia by European settlers, the story of the relationship between people and weeds is a complex and intriguing one.
Here it is told in a lively and engaging way for readers with or without botanical knowledge. Anybody interested in gardening, agriculture, the natural environment, medicinal herbs or cooking will glean a great deal from John Dwyer’s account of some of the most ancient plants known to humankind.

When: Tuesday 11 April 2017
Place: Room MB 10 (in the Main Building).
Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 7.00 pm for drinks and nibbles
7.30 pm for the talk.
Cost: $5 (members). $15 (non-members).
Parking: available in the Boulevard

Cider Making Workshop

Learn to make great apple cider or upgrade knowledge and skills at this one day workshop. Rob Pelletier, course facilitator, is joined by a leading cider maker from Henry of Harcourt*, one or Australia’s pioneering, and award winning traditional cider making establishments.

Participants will see first hand suitable start-up equipment and supplies, learn the basic theory behind making cider, understand the steps required to produce cider, experience the preparation and processing of fruit, fermentation and bottling.

The finished product is not neglected. Over lunch there will be a tasting of selected varietal and blended ciders that will open the door to the world of fine cider and how to select the correct fruit to produce it.

Special Features
Orchard Tour – the Collections Orchard contains over 300 varieties of apples including many English, French and other cider varieties.
Equipment demonstrations – both low cost and entry level professional equipment will be demonstrated.
Tasting – the included cider tasting follows the same format used by Drew Henry at professional conferences.
Cider apples – a number of top cider apples will be available for inspection and tasting on the day.
Cider sales – Selected varietal and blended award winning Henry of Harcourt ciders will be available for purchase on the day.

Heritage Fruit Trees is a 2 hour drive west of Melbourne.

Collectors’ Plant Fair, Sydney

Make a day of it at Collectors’ Plant Fair: shop, chat, and be inspired. With over 80 plant and gardening products stalls, Collectors’ is Australia’s largest plant fair; brimming with plants, pots, books, more great food, the best coffee and much more. It truly is Australia’s most treasured garden event!

Tickets prepaid Saturday $14, Sunday $12; at the door sat $15, Sun $13. Open Saturday 8am to 4pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Hawkesbury Race Club, Clarendon

Italian garden design’s influence on Australian gardens

How has Italian garden design influenced the design of Australian gardens? Join award-winning Italo-Australian landscape designer Carlo Gabriele as he explains the far-reaching influences of Italian design and its relevance and inspiration to designing gardens in Australia.

When: Tuesday 4 April at 6 for 6.30 pm
Where: Mueller Hall, National Herbarium
Cost: Friends $20 Non-members $25 Students $10
Bookings close 1 May
Refreshments will be served before the talk.
Bookings essential
Enquiries: Friends’ office (03) 9650 6398

Risqué Royals, Flirtatious Females & Scandalous Sirs

A rose by any other name? Join new ASA Tour Leader Deryn Thorpe for “Risqué Royals, Flirtatious Females & Scandalous Sirs“, an entertaining romp through the pages of garden history!

Deryn Thorpe presents an entertaining lecture on how a selection of roses have been named after historical figures. Using historical letters, poetry, diary entries and beautiful rose images, this irreverent lecture explores the lives of some well-known people and the roses named after them. The lecture will appeal to anyone who enjoys gardens, history and the simple pleasure of some good stories well told.

Date: Saturday 1 April 2017
Time: 2.00pm – Refreshments to follow

Bookings Essential
COST: Complimentary, however bookings are essential.
RESERVATIONS: Please book online, or contact ASA on: (03) 9822 6899, Freecall 1800 645755 (outside Melbourne Metro) or email:
VENUE: Theatre, Lauriston Girls’ School, 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

With a major focus on emerging lifestyle trends, the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is set to inspire crowds with breathtaking floral displays and spectacular Show Gardens. Visitors to the show will also experience masterclasses with floral designers, to meet key landscape designers, exhibitors and industry experts, as well as peruse the avenues of exhibitors selling everything from bulbs, plants, tools, trinkets and garden accessories. The prestigious Show is well established in the psyche of Australians as a “must see” event. Open daily 9am to 5pm, with special extra Gardens by Twilight opening until 9.30pm on Friday 31 March 2017.

Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

The Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show is Australia’s largest garden show, with designer display gardens, Avenue of Achievable Gardens, hundreds of stalls selling plants and garden products, gardening and design advice clinics, floristry displays, garden art, entertainment, food stalls. Special ‘Gardens by Twilight’ opening until 9pm on Friday 31 March.

Adults $29.90, concession $25.90, children under 14 free.

Garden Releaf

Independent garden centres across Australia will be holding Garden Releaf Day 2017 on Sunday March 19. Amongst other things there will be loads of fun, COLOUR themed activities and focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives. Garden centres will be exploding with beautiful plants and informative displays.

Established in 2014 by Garden Centres Australia (GCA) Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits that; spending time in a garden, being surrounded by living plants and enjoying healthy fresh produce can have on a person’s health and wellbeing. The program aims to provide the community with ideas and inspiration, information and events through its supporting Independent Garden Centres about how they can get involved with immersing themselves in plants and gardens; whether they are apartment dwellers, city block residents or on the land. The Garden Releaf program also focuses on raising money to support selected charities, such as beyondblue

Check out the program at your local independent nursery HERE

Weeds: from foe to friend workshop, Brisbane

Workshop: Weeds from foe to friend. For those who missed it last time or for those who want to delve further into the wonderful world of weeds – how to use them, eat them, compost them, use them as soil indicators, eradicate them without poisons, and including a discussion of specific weeds – bring one from your garden you would like to know more about

Cranbourne Plant Sale

Autumn Plant Sale of Australian plants for the Growing Friends group of the Cranbourne Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Inc.
Plant sale dates: Saturday and Sunday 18th and 19th March, 2017
Times: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on both days
A wide range of Australian plants in tubes and larger pots will be for sale – priced from $3. (Cash or cheques only, no credit/debit card facilities)
Cranbourne Gardens is an easy one hour drive from Melbourne and the plant sale is a great opportunity to purchase Australian native plants and look around the Australian Garden.

Orchard Ramble

Join Heritage Fruit Tree proprietor Rob Pelletier for an informative and enjoyable orchard ramble through Heritage Fruit Tree’s Collections Orchard and gardens.

The Collections Orchard, unique in Australia, has over 300 apple varieties, around 40 table grapes and a collection of stone fruit and figs with many in fruit and ripe during Autumn. Access to this orchard is strictly controlled due to the value of the genetic material and biosecurity concerns – please do not bring fruit or parts of fruit trees with you when visiting.

Taste what’s in season, pick up tips and techniques for getting the best out of your fruit trees and learn the fascinating stories behind some the wonderful old apple varieties, many handed down over centuries.

Heritage Fruit trees is a 2 hour drive west of Melbourne.

Growing, killing, learning & succeeding with plants

John Raynor’s 2 acre garden, Brookdale Farm at Emerald is a burst of tingles and surprises. Most of the garden plants are structured around form and texture, low maintenance and no irrigation. He has a scientific approach to design using the right plant in the right place. He advocates dividing and massing (for spectacular effect and to save money). His edible garden includes espaliered fruit trees and imaginative approaches to old ideas. This is a rare treat to learn about John’s own garden.

When: Wednesday 15 March 2017
Place: Room MB 10 (in the Main Building).
Burnley Campus, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.
Time: 7.00 pm for drinks and nibbles
7.30 pm for the talk.
Cost: $5 (members). Non-members = $15
Parking: available in the Boulevard

About John Raynor:
Director of Horticulture – University of Melbourne, Burnley Campus, Burnley graduate and Burnley lecturer for many years (and still going strong). His main area of research is Green Roofs and Walls. John’s engaging personality makes him a pleasure to listen to and there are few people who can combine experience, knowledge and creativity with a professional presentation. He appears regularly on ABC radio in Melbourne and his garden appears in the Open Gardens Australia scheme.