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
If you’re excited by finding native red wreath wildflowers in Western Australia, then you’d better go right now, as 2016 is shaping up as the best display many can remember! Continue reading “Finding Western Australian red wreath flowers in 2016”
In spring 2016, Western Australia’s brand-new Open Gardens West Coast will launch its first season, opening three Perth gardens. Continue reading “Western Australia launches new open garden scheme”
The 4,000km drive from Perth to Darwin undertaken by my husband and me last year took us through the heart of Australia’s boab country, the Kimberley region. And what magnificent trees they are. Continue reading “Boab trees of the Kimberley”
Australian landscape architects and designers are gradually evolving a distinctively Australian style to their public parks and I recently came across a great example of this in a municipal park in Dunsborough WA, Seymour Park. Continue reading “Public parks will save our wildflowers”
The roads around Western Australia are lit up in August with the dazzling colours of the wildflowers so it’s no surprise that travellers are drawn from all over the country to see some of the most unique flora in the world. I’m a typical West Aussie who tends just to pop up to Kings Park in spring to take a look at the spectacular display gardens laden with wildflowers but this year, with the news that the season was better than ever, I felt the urge to head north to hunt for the elusive wreath flower, Leschenaultia macrantha.
Continue reading “The hunt for red wreath flowers…a WA treasure”
You can always pick gardeners on holidays. They have these funny habits they indulge when they are away from their familiar terrain. I speak both of my own behaviour and from watching fellow flora enthusiasts. Continue reading “That’s what gardeners do”
Do you ever see a tree and think “Where did you come from, where are your parents, how did you get here?”? I occasionally ponder these questions when I see a tree that seems to be the only one of its kind growing in the area. Continue reading “Lonely trees”
The southwest corner of Western Australia is without doubt one of the world’s greatest spots for wildflowers, with visitors flocking from around the globe to see them. However, I’ve got to say that the picture postcard view of vast expanses of everlasting daisies or kangaroo paws can be rather an elusive one for the uninitiated. Carpets of wildflowers do exist but the tend to occur only in the couple of years after there’s been a fire through a suitable area of bushland. Continue reading “Western Australian wildflowers”
I recently went bushwalking in the Monadnock National Park, named for the huge granite rocks that have resisted erosion and now stand isolated and proud of the surrounding land. The walk was a 16km round trip between two of these outcrops – Sullivan Rock and Mt Cooke. The route we took is part of the Bibbulmun Track, a walk of nearly 1000km from the hills near Perth to Albany on the south coast. Our starting point for the walk was the Sullivan Rock car park, about 40km south east of Perth on the Albany Hwy. Continue reading “Bushwalk from Sullivan Rock to Mt Cooke”