Verge Gardening

‘Verge Gardening’ covers safety issues, soil preparation, appropriate plant choices, edible verge gardens, and caring for a verge garden. Join Kate Wall, garden writer, consulting gardener, and biologist to learn how to garden in harmony with nature, and create beautiful and rewarding gardens suited to our SE Qld climate

Cost $45 includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants. 49 Arras Steet Yeronga, in Brisbane. Bookings essential contact Kate Wall at thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

Giving Garden open in SEQ

Ian and Judy Wintle are once again opening the Giving Garden, their beautiful subtropical garden in Birkdale (east of Brisbane city) in South East Queensland. There will also be unusual and rare plants for sale and refreshments provided by the local Lions Club. The garden is open to raise funds for Lions Club charities supporting disabled children.

The Giving Garden is known for its collections of beehive gingers, orchids, costus and bromeliads as well as stunning layout with winding paths and views.

The Giving Garden is open at 5 Carlton Court, Birkdale, 4159, Queensland, on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November, 2016, from 9am to 4.30pm. $7 adults, children free.

Weeds: From Foe to Friend

Learn from sustainable garden expert Kate Wall how to appreciate the benefits of weeds and what they can be used for. Topics covered include:
•  edible weeds
•  medicinal weeds
•  compost value of weeds
•  weeds as indicators of garden conditions
•  how to mange unwanted weeds without using poisons
•  other uses for weeds
Cost is $44/person and includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.
1-3pm, Yeronga, Brisbane

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Confirm your booking by calling or texting Kate on 0448 460 037 or by email thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

Butterfly Gardening

Butterfly Gardening – hear a talk given by Jo Hammond, Butterfly Lady. Learn about the value of butterflies in the garden and how to attract them. Cost $35 including free plant) Saturday 15 October, 2-3.30pm at The Gardeners Wall, Yeronga, in Brisbane.

Sustainable Gardening

Learn how to garden in harmony with nature. Get useful information on eco-friendly gardening without compromising on beauty or good garden design. Topics covered will include:
· Water wise gardening
· Attracting good bugs
· Reducing the need for sprays, chemicals and fertilisers
· Soil care
· Composting / recycling organic matter
· Understanding and working with microclimates in the garden
· Incorporating edible and medicinal plants

Cost is $44/person and includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.
1-3pm, Yeronga, Brisbane
Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Confirm your booking by calling or texting Kate on 0448 460 037 or by email thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

Noosa Plant Fair

Noosa Botanic Gardens Friends’ Plant Fair on Sunday 4 September 2016 from 9am to 3pm will have specialist plant sellers selling a range of unusual and collectible plants.

There’s a great speaker lineup – Paul Plant (10am), John Green (11am), Arno King (12 noon) and Dr Seonaid Melville (2pm) plus live music at 1pm and classic cars on display.

FREE entry

Subtropical Cottage Gardening

Spend an afternoon in Kate Wall’s Brisbane cottage garden learning how to create a beautiful and easy cottage garden in the subtropics. Topics covered include:
* what is a cottage garden
* the history of cottage gardens and why they are relevant today
* applying the principles of cottage gardening to a subtropical setting
* plant choices for the subtropics

Cost is $44/person and includes afternoon tea and a free plant from June’s Home Grown Plants.

1-3pm, Yeronga, Brisbane

Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Confirm your booking by calling or texting Kate on 0448 460 037 or by email thegardenerswall@westnet.com.au

Hidden Design Festival comes to Brisbane

Hidden all around Australia are stunning gardens, designed, constructed and maintained by landscape professionals – gardens which are rarely seen, other than by their owners and friends. The Hidden Design Festival, Queensland showcases these gardens to the public. After two years of sell-out success in Sydney, Hidden is set to open here in Brisbane on Saturday 5 March 2016. If you love seeing high quality gardens and want to see the work of some of our top garden designers, you will not want to miss this event. Continue reading “Hidden Design Festival comes to Brisbane”

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”