Daffodils at Rydal, NSW

Daffodils at Rydal, NSW

Rydal is a pretty village on the bank of Solitary Creek, surrounded by rolling rural countryside. It was named after a village in England where the poet William Wordsworth lived. His poem ‘The Daffodils‘ has helped make these lovely flowers popular throughout the wold.

Rydal has some wonderful heritage buildings dating from the time when it was the terminus of the Western Railway.

For 2 weekends each September, Rydal is aglow with thousands of daffodils, in open fields, public parks and private gardens.

All gardens and village attractions are open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday on the weekends of 8 and 9 September, 15 and 16 September.  $10 entry takes you to all the gardens and events.

Funds raised from garden entry go to charities in the Lithgow district. Since 2002 some  $181,576.00 has been donated to charity.

For more information about Rydal visit the website  rydal.com.au

Hidden Design Festival 2018

Hidden Design Festival 2018


Hidden Design Festival, reveals the usually private gardens and outdoor spaces behind the gates, walls, passageways and hedges that showcase some of our leading landscape designers. Most of the gardens have never before been opened to the public and are unlikely to be open again.

Hidden 2014, 2015 and 2016 were all a sell-out success, with nearly 1000 ticket holders enjoying the wide range of gardens on offer.


Hidden Design Festival Sydney 2018 designers include:

Banksia Design Group

Bates Landscape (2 gardens)

Landsberg Garden Design

McManus Design

Michele Shennen

Garden Life

Formed Gardens

Tig Crowley Designs


Branch Out Landscape Design

Imperial Gardens


There is a also a bus tour available for $199


Hidden Design Festival charity 2016: GO Foundation

The GO Foundation is a national scholarship program for Indigenous Youth, providing mentoring and support to GO students on their journey from kindergarten to employment.


Australian Landscape Conference Melbourne, 2018

Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne, 23-27 March 2018


Conference 24 and 25 March 2018

Design with Nature: Reconnecting People and Place – an international conference with the world’s finest landscape and garden designers.

The Conference theme shines light on the tangible and intangible benefits of communing with Nature, in contrast to the 2015 conference of ideas. We have invited the diverse panel of leading landscape designers to respond to the conundrum of an increasingly urbanised lifestyle and the inherent human needs of being nurtured by nature.

With varied global practices and cultural influences, speakers will present their individual approaches to reconnecting people and place through meaningful public and private landscape design.

With a much expanded program of international and Australian speakers, Workshops, Garden Tour and other activities, this Conference will be outstanding. There will be twelve presentations by leading international speakers and they are also leading many of the Workshops.



Garden Tour on Friday 23 March 2018

Features 5 stunning gardens, including designers Phillip Johnson, Michael McCoy, Simon Rickard, Sam Crawford and the famous Garden of St Erth. The tour is always an early sell-out.


Workshops and Masterclasses on Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 March 2018

Enjoy a more intimate atmosphere from which to learn from these experts in landscape design, planting, garden photography and gardening.

Book a workshop with Andrew Laidlaw, Andy Sturgeon, Angus Stewart, Anna Turner, Arno King, Bettina Jaugstetter, Cassian Schmidt, Claire Takacs, Ed Snodgrass, Kate Cullity/Lisa Howard, Mel Ogden, Noel Kingsbury, Sam Cox.

Hurry, limited places!



Conference: Melbourne Convention Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria, Australia

Workshops: Burnley Campus University of Melbourne

Speakers’ Dinner:  Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne


Auckland Garden DesignFest 2017

Auckland Garden DesignFest


The fourth biennial Auckland Garden DesignFest, on 25 and 26 November 2017, will showcase 20 of Auckland’s most beautiful, professionally designed gardens.


With only one exception, which is back after a gap of six years by popular demand, these private gardens have not previously been open for public viewing. With each garden highlighting the benefit of good design, visitors will receive a unique opportunity to gain inspiration and learn more about the creative process behind each garden.


The talented designer line-up for this year’s DesignFest includes popular previous participants: Trudy Crerar, Damian Wendelborn, Mark Read, Sue and Colin McLean, Trish Bartleet, Joanna Hamilton, Bryan McDonald, Barbara Garrett, Sally McLeay and Matt McIsaac.


The Auckland Garden DesignFest is also delighted to introduce the following newcomers: Paul Gallagher, Jason O’Toole, Keren McDonnell, Kerry Spiers, Zoë Carafice, Nick Robinson, Chris Ballantyne, and Glenys Yeoman.


The gardens selected for this year’s DesignFest offer an array of styles, shapes and sizes, with budgets to match. Choosing which ones to visit will not be easy but should please the most discerning of palettes.


Popular guided bus tours are once again available to ensure a more relaxed, enjoyable and informative experience.


CLICK HERE for more information and updates on the 2017 Auckland Garden DesignFest, or follow Auckland Garden DesignFest on Facebook or Instagram.

Plant Lovers Fair at Kariong, NSW

Plant Lovers Fair at Kariong, NSW


Kariong Mountains High School, Festival Drive, Kariong.

Central Coast, NSW


Opening times:

Saturday 23 September 8am to 4pm 

Sunday 24 September 9am-3pm




Our Exhibitors are always specially chosen to offer ‘something different’ – rare, unusual and collectable plants not commonly available in Garden Centres. This does not make these plants difficult to grow! You will always find a great selection of interesting species more familiar to you that will be hard to resist and we are very pleased to host all our Exhibitors at the 2017 Plant Lovers Fair, many of whom are returning in 2017 after proving so very popular in previous years.


Perennials, Herbaceous Plants and Bulbs – for Cool & Warm Climates

Edible plants – Herbs, Fruit and Vegetables

  • Delightfully Fresh Organics – NSW – Certified organic herb and vegetable seedlings and edible plants.

  • Fruit Salad Trees – NSW – A variety of fruit trees that grow up to 6 different types of fruit all on the one tree.

  • Greenpatch Organic Seeds – NSW – Certified organic vegetable and ornamental seeds, perennials, fruit trees and berry fruits.

  • Kariong Mountains High School – NSW – Selection of edible plants grown by the students.

Ornamental Shrubs, Trees and Australian Native Plants

Orchids, Bromeliads, Carnivorous Plants, Ferns, Bonsai, Cacti and Succulents

  • Australian Cactus and Succulent Supplies – NSW – Cacti and succulents

  • Australian Carnivorous Plant Society – NSW – Nepanthes, Venus Fly Trap, Saracenia and Drosera.

  • Bromeliads Australia – NSW – Bromeliad hybrids for sun and shade.

  • Coachwood Nursery – NSW – Succulents, perennials and other ornamental plants.

  • Harland’s Nursery – NSW – Warm and cool climate bulbs, cacti, and succulents.

  • Succulents Australia – NSW – Rare and unusual succulents.

  • Kawana Gardens Nursery – NSW – Orchids, hanging baskets and a large range of epiphytic jungle cacti, including Rhipsalis, Hatiora
    and Lepismium.

  • Ray Nesci Bonsai Nursery – NSW – Established bonsai plants, starter plants and accessories.

  • Bloomin’ Greenery – NSW – Begonias and other shade-loving plants.

  • Tinonee Orchids – NSW – Native and hybrid orchids, and orchid cultivation accessories.

  • Verdigris Fern Nursery – NSW – Native and exotic ferns.

Garden Accessories and Special Interest

Food and Beverages​

  • Cafe Moves – Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies.

  • Emmy’s Turkish Gozleme – Freshly prepared savoury and dessert gozleme and cold drinks.

  • Green Point Community Coffee Grind   –  Coffee, tea and refreshments.

  • Kariong Mountains High School Canteen – Sandwiches, pies, sausage rolls, wraps, nachos, banana bread, muffins, cold drinks coffee and Devonshire Tea.

  • Kariong Scouts – Sausage sandwiches, steak sandwiches and cold drinks.

  • Viet Yum – Traditional freshly prepared Vietnamese food, including spring rolls, summer rolls, papaya salad, and crispy wontons.


There is an ATM onsite


Guest Speakers and Demonstrations

Meet 2017 PLF Ambassador Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia TV


Workshop Demonstration Program

Learn from our expert Growers, who have specific, detailed knowledge about the plants that they grow and love. Attend the demonstration to find out more about the unique plants on offer at the Fair.
Go to the Demonstration Marquee; through the Entry Barrier to the right.

Bloomin’ Tulips, Tasmania

Bloomin’ Tulips! is a festival of sense stimulating events celebrating the flush of spring colour in the small coastal town of Wynyard on the north west coast of Tasmania. The event is themed Colours of Wynyard to celebrate the spring flowering of the tulips at Van Diemen Quality Bulb Farm on Table Cape.

During Bloomin’ Tulips you will marvel at the wonderland created by tulips in full bloom along our scenic coast. The Bloomin’ Tulips Festival itself will offer you the chance to enjoy local art, craft, and music to suit all tastes; experience some magic at our at the spectacular fireworks over the Inglis River on Saturday evening; sample the culinary delights of our fresh island produce or just become a local during your brief time with us!

Join the Bloomin’ Tulips Colour Run on the Saturday morning.

Volunteers form an integral part of the Festival’s success and a huge thak you must go to the Wynyard Fire Brigade, Somerset Rotary Club, Wynyard Lions Club, Rostrum and all the people that roll up their sleeves every year.

Program includes:

Saturday 14 October Festival Commences – 10.30am and concludes with FIREWORKS at 9pm

See Brochure for full details

Festival Information Marquee located near the fountain. Tulips for sale, raffle and fantastic prizes drawn on the day.


Kids activities

Live music

Displays: historical, machinery, wildlife, environmental groups, community and craft groups

Craft: More than 30 art and craft stalls: jewellery, embroidery, puzzles, crafts, garden gifts, leather & felt creations, designer glassware, quilting, gemstone and beaded jewellery plus so much more.

‘Eden Unearthed’ at Eden Gardens

Eden Unearthed, Sydney


Eden Gardens in Macquarie Park in Sydney is the venue for an exciting exhibition called Eden Unearthed, the largest collection of commissioned temporal artworks in Australia.

Eden Unearthed combines the talents of both established and developing artists to create works that respond to the site specifically, working with the garden to interpret it in a unique and exciting way.

A selection of our many exhibiting artists:

Leon Kluge – an award-winning landscape designer from South Africa/New Zealand, with his work ‘Hidden Truth‘, which explores how the roots that connected us with nature, the environment and a love for the world’s biodiversity are being torn away, exposing man’s lust for material wealth.

Ainslie Murray – with ‘Human Hostilities‘ which looks at the use of bird spikes on buildings as devices that we employ to control the way in which species interact with built forms in architecture and landscape architecture. It addresses the use of bird spikes as an act of ‘kindness’ within an overarching context of hostility, and explores the tensions between these ideas.


Emma Mattson, with ‘Moss Balls‘, an installation of a hanging sphere, created by smaller spheres. They will be balls of replicated moss created using thread and yarn.

Pamela Lee Brenner and Johannes Muljana with ‘Fly Away‘, a work similar in appearance to a dandelion seed head, where the “space” within it makes it appear to “float” whilst being invisibly tethered so that it does not blow away.

Leanne Thompson with ‘Sound Line for Compos Mentis‘ which plays with layers of meanings present in the word sound: from water that joins land forms to waves of vibration we can hear. However, the key concept ties an awareness of the intricate connections linking water cycle to functional ecosystem processes.

Margarita Sampson – ‘Homes for Better Living‘, a series of small sculptures extrapolates plant structures into architectural forms, referencing the graphic style of initial notebook sketches.

Veronica Richterova – ‘Cactus‘, a series of sculptures that reuse plastic bottles to creatively reinterpret naturalistic themes that also draw attention to the increasing production of plastic packaging, often unnecessary, all over the world.


‘Eden Unearthed’ at Eden Gardens

FREE entry

Open every day 31 August 2017 to 28 February 2018, from 9am to 5pm (excepting public holidays of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, and Australia Day)

Plenty of onsite parking

307 Lane Cove Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113
Phone: 02 9491 9900

For tickets to the special champagne and canapé launch of Eden Unearthed on Thursday 31 August 4.30-7.30pm, click HERE. All tickets $20

Canada Blooms

Canada Blooms – connecting people with nature


Canada Blooms in Toronto each March is the largest flower and garden show in Canada.

Garden designers will create gardens to theme of ‘Let’s Go To The Movies’, which will celebrate the grandeur of the silver screen, from the early days of silent classics though to toady’s blockbusters. Film noir, cartoon, thriller, romantic comedy or action drama – Let’s Go To The Movies will showcase gardens for all tastes, filled with rich colour and fragrance.

Previous years’ designers have included Vaughn Landscaping, Greer Design Group, Down2Earth, Melanie Reloka Landscape Design, Jackson Pond, Green Art Landscape Design, Ginkgo Design, Creative Garden Designs, and Bancheri Brothers.

Every day there are lots of inspiring speakers to hear, covering a wide range of topics such as garden design, cooking, birds, garden lighting, solving soil problems, gardening Q&A, growing plants from seed, keeping bees, container gardens, native plant gardening, and many more.

Come along to one of the many wonderful workshops on creating a pollinator garden, creating terrariums, creating a cut flower fairy gardens, or create and Easter centerpiece.

Canada Blooms also has every gardening product you need, with everything from wood ovens, sheds, garden lighting and conservatories to plants, seeds and garden design companies.

The Toronto Flower Show at Canada Blooms has entries from both amateurs and experts in floral art, photography and special horticulture exhibits.

Canada Blooms is open daily at 10am, closing times vary from 6pm to 9pm.
Enercare Center 100 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto.

Proceeds from Canada Blooms are used to support community projects that promote horticulture and nurture and enhance our landscapes.


See all the fun at Canada Blooms 2017

Bundanoon Garden Ramble

Bundanoon Garden Ramble 2016


Bundanoon NSW, the home to Garden Ramble, is the ‘Quintessential Southern Highlands Experience’ and the perfect village alternative to larger towns such as Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale…the perfect place to relax & unwind. With a population of just under 3000 our quaint village is the northern gateway to Morton National Park where you can walk for miles and take in the breathtaking scenery it has to offer.

Now in its 20th year, the Bundanoon Garden Ramble on 22 and 23 October 2016 once again promises to be an enjoyable event attracting visitors from all parts of the state and beyond.

Open from 9.30am to 4.30pm both days, 8 private gardens will showcase their diversity ranging from large country gardens down to small town blocks. There will be plenty to see and do, thanks to the dedicated garden owners who spend months prior to the weekend preparing their beautiful gardens in anticipation of the many visitors.

Refreshments will be available in some of the gardens and visitors can also lunch in one of the many town cafes. There will be a market in the hall where plants and gifts are available for purchase and the Bundanoon History Group will mount an exhibition in the old goods shed. A display of old farm machinery will be set up in the main street. A Gypsy Wagon made by the garden owner will display a collection of old linen and lace.


Open gardens in 2016

•  Spinning Hill Farm – 5 Evelyn Avenue

•  Jean Flora — 11 Evelyn Avenue

•  Idle a Wile – 2 Penrose Road

•  Bonnie Doon – 46 Greasons Road

•  81 Coalmines Road

•  Fern Creek – 2 Ferndale Road

•  Applegate Cottage – 3 William Street

•  Birdsong – 13 William Street


Southport Flower Show

Southport Flower Show


Victoria Park, Southport, UK


Visit beautiful seaside Southport for the biggest independent garden show in the UK, now in its 88th year.


Southport Flower Show Display Gardens:

The Southport Flower Show has loads of inspirational display gardens (17 gardens in 2016), featuring from classical design to the latest trends, and designed by local landscape designers and landscape companies.


Southport Flower Show Plant Societies

Get all the best expert advice from a wide range of plant societies, including regulars like the Cottage Garden Society, British Fuchsia Society, Alpine Garden Society, National Dahlia Society and the Hardy Plant Society North West Group.


Southport Flower Show Garden Roadshow

Hear your favourite local garden experts giving advice and answering questions.


Southport Flower Show Amateur Growers

Every year, the Southport Flower Show hosts the biggest Amateur Grower’s Competition in the UK, with entries displayed in our 100m long competition marquee. Enter your best efforts in a wide range of categories, from floral design to baking and preserves. There’s 22 different classes of individual flower and plants to enter, with a central theme announced for each year.


Southport Flower Show Grand Floral Marquee

See the best of the North West’s growers showing all the latest varieties in stunning floral displays


Southport Flower Show Ladies Day

Each year there is also a special event Ladies Day on the Friday of the show, with an all-inclusive ticket for show entry, lunch and entertainment.

Robertson Open Gardens

Robertson Open Gardens


Robertson garden owners will open seven private gardens for visitors. Set among rolling hills amidst the stunning country scenery, these beautiful gardens range from large country gardens to smaller town gardens and are guaranteed to inspire gardener visitors. Five of the gardens are large country gardens on the outskirts of Robertson, with three in the village. These gardens demonstrate all the beauty of gardening in the Southern Highlands. Wide open spaces with smaller intimate gardens, walks and wonderful displays of dramatic plantings, including parterres, knot gardens, pergolas with climbing roses and wisteria. Fabulous conifers combine with deciduous and evergreen trees to highlight the design elements of these interesting gardens.


All gardens are open 10am to 4pm on both days, and tickets are on sale at all gardens.

$5 each garden, or $20 for all gardens


Robertson Open Gardens 2017 includes:

This year there are five new gardens:

The Kaya is a 6 acre garden of a horticulturist and a botanical artist. It is an outstanding garden of exceptional design and wonderful plant combinations, with a gravelled parterre showcasing purple and grey foliage plants including arches of trimmed ‘Crimson Century’ maples and wisteria covered pergolas.


The Secret Garden is a large country garden with several garden rooms with both formal and more relaxed styles, featuring a fountain garden, a birch walk and large expanses of lush green lawn. There are banks of rhododendrons and azaleas, a cherry blosssom walk, a vegetable potager and a number of espaliered fruit trees.


Deirdre’s Garden is a smaller lovely formal garden planned by the previous owner, a horticulturist. Fir trees, magnolia and waratahs make a stunning first impression. A formal rose garden screened by a 2 metre high Pittosporum hedge includes several statues. Deciduous trees include cherry trees, magnolias and maples and in the native garden kangaroo paws and waratahs are sheltered by gums and native shrubs.


Dragon Farm is a splendid country garden with spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. From the top of the hill there is a fabulous view to the lake with a delightful Celtic knot garden featuring Buxus hedging surrounding white Meidiland roses on the side of the hill above the lake. Many species of deciduous trees grow throughout the garden including two large chestnut trees and a birch grove. Dotted throughout the garden wonderful statuary can be seen.


The Garden The framework of our garden was created in 1974 by the original owners of the block bought by them when the subdivision was first done.  It was apparently an empty block and they planted it fully with a wide variety of plants and trees. Rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas, roses, maples and a large number of conifers which were to serve as hedges.  When we bought the block in 2001 the garden was not just established but heavily overgrown as they had been unable to spend the time necessary to care for it.

The conifer hedges had not been hedged and in fact dwarfed most of the other plants.  The front hedge of cyrus pines were huge with little vegetation on them.  After a substantial cull we found that many of the plants that had been dwarfed had survived albeit they were in need of a lot of care.  We commenced with a new Camellia sasanqua hedge in the front with over 60 plants in 4 inch pots.  They looked more like a hair transplant but in the 13 years they have been in they have blossomed into a wonderful hedge.


And back again in 2017, two very popular Robertson gardens:


The Moorings is a 100 acre farm with a 4 acre garden surrounding a restored/ rebuilt 1870’s house. The present garden is basically a foliage garden with specific areas dedicated to conifers, azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons amidst three lawn areas. Many trees and shrubs are close clipped in a variety of shapes. A rose garden, a hydrangea garden, a vegetable garden, and a small orchard are also featured as well as a summer house and a small “lake”. Everywhere in the garden presents spectacular views of the countryside. Throughout the garden beautiful sculptures can be seen.


The Willows is a 5 acre property with extensive established gardens.  Mature trees include maples, crabapples, cherries, ginkgo and a Davidia under planted with camellias, azaleas, Pieris and Kalmia.  The rear garden contains a Japanese style conifer island, plus a mini arboretum of rare and unusual trees.  A large bonsai collection greenhouse with orchids, tuberous begonias and Streptocarpus.  There will be nursery stock for sale especially plants suitable for bonsai and a horticulturist will be on hand to answer your questions.


And there’s more!

There will be art work on display from our local artists, and stop and buy plants at the Robertson Garden Club’s large plant stall.


Over the weekend there are many attractions to be seen in Robertson. Browse the local galleries, antique shops and visit The Old Cheese Factory’s large collectable stalls. Have coffee at the local cafes and pop into Robertson Village Woodworks. Check out the local market on Sunday. Picnic among the beautiful waratahs at the Heritage Railway Station where the Fettlers Shed will have an art exhibition and the museum will be open. Visit Robertson’s Nature reserve where you can wander through remnants of Yarrawa brush and rainforest.


Chatsworth Flower Show

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 2017


RHS Chatsworth Flower Show location

Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The extensive grounds surrounding Chatsworth House were landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and also Joseph Paxton.

Chatsworth House
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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show dates and times:

Wednesday 6 June 2018 to Saturday 9 June opening times: 10am to 6.30pm

Sunday 10 June opening: 10am to 5pm.


Chatsworth Flower Show highlights

The Chatsworth Flower Show will celebrate gardens and garden design, especially new and innovative designers by bringing their ideas to the gardening public.

The show garden category called ‘FreeForm’ will encourage designers to stretch their imagination and create exciting conceptual gardens without conventional design constraints.

There is also a new competition for students and new and emerging designers called ‘Gardening in a Changing World’ which will highlight the new RHS ‘Science Strategy’. Winning designs will be developed as 3D models for display.

The Great Conservatory will recreate Paxton’s Great Conservatory which was in the grounds of Chatsworth from 1840 to its demolition in 1920. Nursery displays inside will feature everything from jungle to Mediterranean, and trees to bonsai.

Unlike most RHS shows, the Chatsworth Flower Show will be spread out around the beautiful Chatsworth grounds, taking advantage of the shape of the landscape and its wonderful views.

Chelsea Flower Show

Chelsea Flower Show


Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London SW3 4SL

The first two days of the Chelsea Flower Show are reserved for RHS members so if you’re planning a visit, it’s well-worth joining the RHS to widen your choice of days. And all tickets sell out very quickly! There are also reduced price late-afternoon entry tickets.


Chelsea Flower Show’s Show Gardens

See a wondrous selection of around 15 large landscape show gardens designed by the world’s best designers. Chelsea Flower Show regularly features such designers as Andy Sturgeon (Winner 2016 Best in Show), Cleve West, Jo Thomson, James Basson and Diarmuid Gavin.

Many of these gardens are designed to explain or highlight a cause or a charity, from animal welfare to the plight of those stranded in war-torn countries, to habitat lost and environmental degradation, and those suffering from debilitating diseases and coping with long-term disabilities.

From a design point of view Chelsea’s gardens are at the forefront of coming trends, whether it’s a new popular flower or a colour scheme, or greater themes like formal versus informal design, plant shaping and management, mass versus intermingled planting and gardens versus outdoor entertaining areas.

Chelsea’s show garden judging is very plant-centric so you can be sure to see some wonderful and innovative plantscapes using a wide range of ornamental and edible plants.


Chelsea Flower Show’s Artisan Garden

Chelsea’s smaller Artisan gardens are smaller display gardens but no less exciting. Popular regulars in this category include renown Japanese designer Kazuyuki Ishihara of the Kazuyuki Design Laboratory but many others are new-comers, looking for their first taste of Chelsea fame.


Chelsea Flower Show’s Fresh Gardens

The Fresh Garden category displays what are often conceptual and experimental gardens. It’s a great place to see our next generation of up-and-coming young designers.


The Great Pavilion Floral Marquee

Nobody can forget the wonder of first entering this immense marquee, filled with luscious displays of flowers. Every year the UK’s top nurseries vie for the top prizes. See spring bulbs and perennials, clematis, bonsai, elegant specimen trees, cacti and succulents, bromeliads, flowering shrubs, orchids, alpine plants and roses.


Garden products

Every year Chelsea features brand new products and art for you to discover for your garden, including furniture, sculpture, pavers, pavilions, garden wear and lots more.

Each year the RHS awards a Chelsea Garden Product of the Year.




Treecycle is a special exhibition that celebrates the 200th Birthday in 2016 of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney featuring timber from trees that were once growing in one of three botanic gardens.

Trees in the Sydney Garden and also the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and the Blue Mountain Botanic Garden Mount Tomah follow a dynamic cycle of planting, growth and decay. During normal garden maintenance and rejuvenation, trees are pruned, or felled and replaced leaving a legacy of beautiful and often unique timber.

Artisans have created a wide range of beautiful objects from these timbers, from decorative objects to functional items like clocks, furniture and even musical instruments.

Curated by Leon and Ginny Sadubin.


All works are for sale, some by silent auction on opening night of Thursday, 11 August 2016.

Location: Moore Room and Palm House, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Free entry, suitable for all ages.


Treecycle artisans:


Melissa Allen, David Muston, Howard Archbold, Takashi Nishiura, Russell Beardmore Tim Noone, Elise Cameron-Smith, Darren Oates, Colen Clenton, Garry Olson, Holly Cope, Ben Percy, Nick Coyle, Michael Purdy, Brian Dawson, Richard Raffan, Dale Dryen, Ginny Sadubin, Phoebe Everill, Leon Sadubin, Mikey Floyd, Bob Scott, Charlie Gillings, Anthony Springford, Minky Grant, David Springford, Alby Johnston, Hugh Springford, Hape Kiddle, Nick Statham, Gayl Leake, Peter Stibilj, Graham Mandelson, Isao Takezawa, Will Matthysen, Christian Timbs, Harry McInnis, David Upfill-Brown, Stuart Montague, John Van der Kolk, Isabelle Moore, Grant Vaughan, Aidan Morris, Warwick Wright, Thirston Morris

Malvern Autumn Show

Malvern Autumn Show 2016


Open 9am-6pm each day


Malvern Autumn Show main attractions

There will be plenty to do and experience for people of all ages at this year’s Malvern Autumn Show
As a show celebrating everything rural, there are plenty of attractions encompassing every type and element of country life and the land based industries.


Grow it in the Good Life Pavilion – There are few things more satisfying and rewarding than growing your own fruit and vegetables and you can be inspired by the feature gardens, talks in The Good Life Pavilion, the growing competitions and the produce available at the show. Hear celebrity gardeners, plus see the impressive UK National Giant Vegetable Competition and also a range of flowers that featured at RHS shows for sale.


Orchard Pavilion and Hopyard – all the help you need to grow your own fruit, make and brew drinks, plus preserving.


Harvest Pavilion – meet all the experts from more than 30 National Plant Societies and hear talks by plant experts on a wide range of topics including growing vegetables, carnivorous plants, succulents and growing tender plants.


RHS Flower Show – featuring a huge range of nurseries all vying for the coveted RHS Gold Medal. Includes new exhibitors like Wack’s Wicked Plants. See Reg Moule at The Potting Bench and visit the RHS team for all your gardening questions.


Vintage Village – head back in time for a bit of sentimentality and to recapture the past! Go ahead and while away some time in the Vintage Village, harking back to days gone by, with vintage vehicles from steam engines to lawn mowers, ride the vintage carousel, and also take the chance to look at historic skills and industries such as forestry and wood turning. There’s even a 1940s-50s dance hall!


Gourmet food and drink – The show’s expansive food and drink areas will tantalise your taste buds. From cheeses to pastries, there will be the best of local and regional produce on offer as well as incredible ingredients that are available to take home from the market. Visit the Westons Cider Garden, There will also be a range of demonstrations from knowledgeable experts and celebrity chefs like Mark Diacono, Tom Kerridge and Seren Evans Charrington.

Tropical Garden Fair Darwin

Tropical Garden Fair, Darwin


The Tropical Garden Fair in Darwin will feature:

•   celebrity landscape designer from Bali, Made Wijaya, in action over both days working on his new design project for the Garden

•   a huge plant market of luscious tropical plants

•   expert garden advice

•   floral displays

•   gourmet food and drink

•   live music

•   garden workshops

•   a garden-themed dress-up parade for kids at 11am on Saturday 13 August

•   Tea Party with Tinkerbell 11am Sunday 14 August




George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, 10am-4pm each day

Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


Each July, the grounds of the historic Tudor-built Hampton Court Palace in East Molesley, Surrey, become a showpiece of the latest in garden design and innovative landscaping.

Over 30 gardens in a range of sizes and categories: show gardens, summer gardens, water gardens and conceptual gardens feature lush planting, new products, and an abundance summer flowers.

Visit the majestic floral pavilion, enjoy a wide range of presentations and workshops, buy garden products and latest plant releases, and indulge your tastebuds at the Market Deli.

Local retailers along nearby Bridge Rd get into the Hampton Court spirit with wonderful garden and window displays.

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

RHS Flower Show Tatton Park


A show for all the family, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park brings you the best of high summer’s flowers, fabulous display gardens, loads of gardening products, plants and spectacular floral displays in the Floral Marquee.

If you want to see the latest in contemporary and conceptual garden design, you will be wowed with our new Evolution Gardens. Our popular Water Gardens return as does the perfect ideas hub for everyone with a small garden – the Back To Back garden category with its tiny 6m x 4m plots.

In 2017, for all those starting out in the industry, there’s the prestigious RHS Young Designer of the Year Competition, RHS Young Landscaper of the Year, RHS Young Plantsperson of the Year and the RHS Future Florist competition.


Other special features include:

•  Blooming Beds

•  Garden Hideaways

•  children’s activities

•  The Vineyard, dedicated to English wine

•  entertainment in the Bandstand


RHS Tatton Park Opening times

Thursday-Saturday – 10am to 6,30pm

Sunday – 10am – 5pm



Kangaroo Paw Picnic at Cranbourne Gardens

Kangaroo Paw Celebration


Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Cranbourne Friends are combining to present a wonderful opportunity for people to participate in a very special occasion in November 2016.

The iconic kangaroo paw and its relatives will be a celebrated in a number of activities. We may be familiar with kangaroo paws in our own and other gardens, but there is a whole lot more to this fascinating plant family.

The Australian Garden at Cranbourne will be enlivened by the planting of over 5000 kangaroo paws. The main plantings will be in the Cultivar Garden and the Northern Exhibition Garden precinct. Planting of gardens and containers of varying proportions will provide a stunning floral display.

Over November 2016, the Gallery at the Australian Garden Visitor Centre will have a Kangaroo Paw and relatives themed exhibition of artworks, crafts and floral art. Cranbourne Friends groups such as Botanical Illustrators, Botanical Basketmakers and Botanical Fabricators will be represented. During the month there will be a ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Pic Instagram Competition’ with winner announced on 27 November 2016.


Kangaroo Paw Picnic


Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016

Held over the weekend of Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November 2016 the Kangaroo Paw Picnic will provide a varied program of activities for everyone to enjoy.


Cranbourne Gardens

Cnr Ballarto Road and Botanic Drive (off South Gippsland Fwy), Cranbourne, 3977.

Open: 9am – 5pm. Entry to Cranbourne Gardens is free.
Please leave your dog (other than assistance dogs) and other pets at home to protect our local wildlife.


Some of the highlights include:

–   Guided Tours by Angus Stewart [Bookings are essential: ph (03) 5990 2200]
–   Launch of the beautiful Angus Stewart bred Anigozanthos ‘Landscape Violet’ at 11 am on the Saturday.
–   Special Growing Friends Plant sale of Kangaroo Paws & Cottonheads
–   Floral art demonstrations with Kangaroo Paws & Australian plants.
–   Live music by Dan Arnott & The Gardeners Blue Grass Band.
–   Everybody will have the opportunity to vote in the ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Competition’.
–   There will also be displays by Sponsors and Public Gardens in the Melbourne Region


The Horticultural Media Association Victoria is one of the sponsors of this important ‘Kangaroo Paw Celebration’.


Kangaroo Paw Symposium: Kangaroo Paws, Bloodroots, Cottonheads and More

Kangaroo Paw Celebration


Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Cranbourne Friends are combining to present a wonderful opportunity for people to participate in a very special occasion in November 2016.

The iconic kangaroo paw and its relatives will be a celebrated in a number of activities. We may be familiar with kangaroo paws in our own and other gardens, but there is a whole lot more to this fascinating plant family.

The Australian Garden at Cranbourne will be enlivened by the planting of over 5000 kangaroo paws. The main plantings will be in the Cultivar Garden and the Northern Exhibition Garden precinct. Planting of gardens and containers of varying proportions will provide a stunning floral display.

Over November 2016, the Gallery at the Australian Garden Visitor Centre will have a Kangaroo Paw and relatives themed exhibition of artworks, crafts and floral art. Cranbourne Friends groups such as Botanical Illustrators, Botanical Basketmakers and Botanical Fabricators will be represented. On the weekend of 19-20 November Cranbourne Gardens will host a Kangaroo Paw Picnic and during the month there will be a ‘Best Kangaroo Paw Pic Instagram Competition’ with the winner announced on 27 November 2016.



Three Day Symposium Event: Kangaroo Paws, Bloodroots, Cottonheads and More

24, 25 and 26 November 2016

As part of this month-long celebration there will be a special three-day symposium on this group of plants that are all in the family Haemodoraceae. This is thought to be a ‘First’ for Australia.

Members of this plant family include the iconic Kangaroo Paws, Anigozanthos and Macropidia; Bloodroots, Haemodorum; Cottonheads, Conostylis and other genera such as the more poorly known Blancoa, Phlebocarya and Tribonanthes

This Symposium is packed with interesting and inspiring topics to be presented by a range of very experienced people over three days and will cater for all levels of interest and expertise. It will be a ‘not to be missed event!


Speakers include

•    Prof Stephen Hopper (world authority on the Haemodoraceae Family)

•    Prof Kingsley Dixon from Curtin University

•    Dr Brett Summerell, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

•    Angus Stewart, kangaroo paw breeder and native plant expert

plus Digby Growns, Professor Michael Simpson, Bronwyn Ayre and Ellen Hickman, Craig Scott, Jim Fogarty, Loretta Childs, John Arnott, Neil Marriott, John Thompson, Rodger Elliot, Amy Akers, and Keith Oliver.



Day One: Thursday 24 November – Kangaroo Paw family Science Day

•   for those who want to gain a greater understanding of this intriguing plant family, and its botanical, zoological and horticultural aspects. It will be held in Domain House at the Melbourne Gardens


Day Two: Friday 25 November — Professional Day – Kangaroo Paw family breeding, design, cultivation and diseases

•   especially suitable for people working in Botanic Gardens, Parks & Gardens, Horticulture, Design and Construction. This day will be in the Tarnuk Room at the Cranbourne Gardens.


Day Three: Saturday 26 November — Home Gardeners’ Day – the Kangaroo Paw Family for home gardeners and native plant enthusiasts

•   a great day dealing with subjects that gardeners like! This day will also be at the Cranbourne Gardens.


Download the brochure for full Symposium details!

Melbourne Garden DesignFest

Melbourne Garden DesignFest 2016


Melbourne’s Garden DesignFest in 2016 offers the opportunity to visit more than 40 professionally designed gardens on two weekends during the spring peak of November:


Melbourne Garden DesignFest first weekend:

November 12 and 13, 2016 – city gardens throughout Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula


Melbourne Garden DesignFest second weekend:

November 19 and 20, 2016 – country gardens in Euroa, Ballarat, Bendigo, Macedon Ranges, West Gippsland and Geelong.


Spend an intoxicating weekend seeing gardens designed by such famous designers as Robert Boyle, Lisa Ellis, Rick Eckersley, Paul Bangay, Richard Bellemo, Eugene Gilligan, Jamie Clapham, Deborah Hambleton and many more.

The range of 2016 gardens has a range of both city/suburban gardens, and regional Victorian gardens. So that it’s possible to get to so many gardens over such a wide geographical area, the event is being held over two weekends, one for the gardens in and near Melbourne, and one for the regional gardens. You will find something for everyone, from small inner city gardens, to suburban gardens, to broad acre country gardens.

The garden designers will be in their gardens over the weekend to chat with visitors about the design principles, materials and plant choices they have applied to meet the particular characteristics of the site and the client’s brief.


The Melbourne DesignFest 2016 list of designers and their designed garden includes:


Gardens open 12-13 November 2016 – Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula


Lisa Ellis – 27 Carnarvon Road, Caulfield North

Robert Boyle – 15 Riverside Road, Ivanhoe

Jamie Clapham – 67 Albany Road, Toorak

Inge Jabara – 20 Melton Avenue, Carnegie

Paddy Milne – TBA

Mark Pedley – 210 Were Street, Brighton East

Diane Beddison – 62 Bryson Street, Canterbury

Sue Meli – 72 Dalton Street, Gisbourne

Stephen Read – 2 Euston Street, Malvern

Sandra McMahon – 73 Pascoe Avenue, Kilsyth

Paul Pritchard – 111 Rathmines Street, Fairfield

Betsy-Sue Clarke – 108 Sackville Street, Kew

Richard Bellemo – 4 Glan Avon Road, Hawthorn

Carolyn and Jobie Blackman – 272 Domain Road, South Yarra

Eckersley Garden Architecture – 21 Rochester Road, Canterbury

Andrew Murray and Julie Daniel – 15 Myrtle Grove, Blackburn

Mark Vanden Boom – 8 Trafalgar Street, Mont Albert

Eugene Gilligan – 14 Merriwee Crescent, Toorak

Tom Remfry – display garden at 4 Villa Mews, Vermont



Gardens open 12-13 November Mornington Peninsula


Eugene Gilligan – 24 Morell Street, Mornington

Ben McDonald – 187 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

Clive Abben – 33 Deakin Drive, Mount Martha, AND 7 Douglas Court, Rye

Steve Taylor – 14 Tallis Drive, Mornington

Eckerlsey Garden Architecture – 371 Musk Creek Road, Flinders



Gardens open 19-20 November 2016 – country Victoria


Paul Bangay – 267 Longwood Gobur Road, Creightons Creek

Roy Roberts – 8 Brewster Street, Woodend

David Musker – 125 Palmer Road, Jindivick

Deborah Hambleton – 33 Clowes Street, Malmsbury

Richard Bellemo – 357 Remembrance Drive, Cardigan

Kylie Rose Blake – 35 Pre-Emptive Road, Scarsdale

Robert Boyle – 142 Longwood Gobur Road, Longwood

Gail van Rooyen – 948 Top Road, Terip Terip

Eckersley Garden Architecture – 224 Longwood Mansfield Road, Creightons Creek

Christian Jenkins – 70 High Ridge Drive, Clifton Springs

Peter Shaw – 48 Harvey Street, Anglesea

Stephen Read – 221 Noble Street, Newtown

Lee Adams – 123 Neale Street, Flora Hill, AND 328 Nankervis Road, Mandurang


You can find all the details about each of the gardens and the designers, as well as more photos on the GardenDesignFest website

For those unfamiliar with Melbourne or who don’t want the worry of a long day’s drive there are Garden DesignFest guided bus tours to gardens on both weekends. The tour means you can fit in even more gardens and still have a relaxing day out. Our knowledgeable guides will provide background information on each of the gardens and its designer, and commentary and discussion about the gardens.

Garden DesignFest is organised and managed by Rotary volunteers and all of the funds received are donated to charity. Over the previous 6 DesignFest events we have raised almost $400,000 for charity. In 2016, we will be allocating proceeds to the three major charities: the Monash Children’s Hospital, Sporting Chance kids cancer foundation and also the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute’s research into Friedreich Ataxia.

Portland Fall Home and Garden Show

28th Annual Portland Fall Home & Garden Show®



Portland Expo Center
2060 N Marine Drive
Portland, Oregon


Dates and times:

October 6 – 9, 2016
Thursday: 11am – 8pm
Friday: 11am – 8pm
Saturday: 11am – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.


Farwest Portland

Farwest Portland 2017 Trade Show – Be Far From Ordinary


The BIGGEST green industry trade event in the US west with over 6000 attendees each year.

Farwest is designed to meet the needs of retailers, growers, plant breeders, landscape professionals , landscape designers, wholesale buyers, arborists, researchers and educators and allied horticultural suppliers.

•  Growers showcase

•  New Varieties Showcase

•  New Products Showcase

•  Seminars, classes and workshops

Plus a wide variety of nursery stock, decor, pots, landscape products, turf, gifts and accessories, soils and soil mixes, fertilizers, irrigation equipment, tools and computer equipment


Show hours:

Wednesday August 23: 12 noon to 5pm

Thursday August 24: 10am to 5pm

Friday August 25: 10am to 2pm



Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97232


Early bird registration until July 31, 2017.


ASA Lecture Series – Melbourne

ASA Lecture Series – Melbourne




Venue: Theatre, Lauriston Girls’ School, 38 Huntingtower Road, Armadale 3143.

For all lectures, places are limited and people wishing to attend are advised to book well in advance. Each day offers 2 lectures, allowing time for a Q&A session at the conclusion of each lecture.

Bookings: Please book online, or contact ASA on: (03) 9822 6899, Freecall 1800 645755 (outside Melbourne Metro) or email: info@asatours.com.au



Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

Ancient Kingdoms of Southern India – by Em. Prof Bernard Hoffert

Few buildings anywhere match the spectacle of the temple complexes of the South. Vast enclosures with narrow streets, directing the way to prayer, sadus offering blessings beneath giant gate-towers alive with carved and painted images, idols with throngs of worshippers winding through the temple maze to the sanctuary. South India has long been a bastion of Hinduism, triumphing over Buddhist and Jain teachings and expressing its gods and myths in vast temples covering as much as 150acres. But all faiths have left their legacy in temples and towns built by the great dynasties which supported them. South India records the history of faith and conquest in stone and art, across millenia and this is the story Ancient Kingdoms and Empires of Southern India tells.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Art and Charity in Venice – by Em. Prof Bernard Hoffert

The great Scuole, or charitable institutions of Venice, provided care for the needy and ill, looked after the interests of different crafts and professions, found jobs for foreign workers and supported communities from abroad. Their contribution underpinned the great financial success of the Republic and allowed merchants and artisans, excluded from government since the 13th century, to contribute to the development and status of the city. In doing so they commissioned the great artists of the day to decorate and embellish their meeting halls and churches; Tintoretto, Bellini, Carpaccio, Tiepolo, Lazzarini, Mansueti and others all created masterpieces to express their influence and deeds. This lecture focuses on the contribution of the Scuole and their art with particular attention to the Scuola Grande de San Rocco and its masterpieces by Tintoretto.



Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm – by Dr Christopher Gribbon

– The Tale of Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia –

The Roman Emperor Diocletian (ruled AD 284-305) brought the Empire back from the brink of collapse, introduced financial and administrative reforms and oversaw one of the largest persecutions of Christians. But after two decades in the top job, he’d had enough. So he built himself a retirement home fit for an emperor – an immense palace, at a beautiful spot on the Adriatic coast, with monumental architecture in the latest style.

Three hundred years later, most of the Roman Empire had fallen to invaders. Refugees from the “barbarians” sought shelter in what had been Diocletian’s palace. Within the palace buildings, they created a thriving new town, which became the important port of Split (now in Croatia) and was subsequently fought over by Byzantines, Venetians and Hungarians, among others.
Join Dr Christopher Gribbin as he explores this fascinating site, where much of Diocletian’s palace is still preserved, side-by-side with mediaeval homes, churches and palaces.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm – by Em. Prof Frank Sear

– Mosaics of Norman Sicily –

After Palermo was conquered by Robert Guiscard and his brother Roger de Hauteville in 1072 it became a royal capital which flourished under successive Norman kings as a centre of enlightenment and toleration. Many of the most beautiful monuments of the city and its surroundings date from this period, when architectural and decorative elements from eastern and western cultures were adopted and combined. In particular glorious, glittering mosaics were used to adorn churches, chapels and royal apartments. This lecture will explore the extraordinary and rich mosaic decoration of Norman Sicily found at Monreale, Cefalu and in Palermo.



Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm – by Iain Shearer

– Persepolis: Imperial power, colour, decoration and sculpture –

“All the World’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players…” William Shakespeare ‘As You Like it’ Act II Scene VII
An aphorism that Darius the Great instinctively understood 2000 years before Shakespeare wrote a truth that is today but a misunderstood newspaper cliche. After seizing the Achaemenid throne and largest land empire of the ancient world in 521 BC, under somewhat murky circumstances, the new King of Kings began construction of an imperial capital befitting the glory of the Chosen of Ahura Mazda. This lecture will examine the inherent theatricality of Darius’s palace-city of Persepolis – added to by all his successors until the site’s destruction in 329 BC at the hands of Alexander the Great. The glorious utilisation of sculpture, colour and luxury at Persepolis was designed to convey the Achaemenid’s own sense of themselves as saviours of the world and this lecture will bring some of their unseen splendour back to vivid life.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm – by Dr Alex McKay

– Kyrgyzstan: The Silk Road between the Pamirs and the Tien Shan –

While Kyrgyzstan is one of the most mountainous countries on earth, its fertile valleys were an important part of the ancient Silk Road. The Fergana valley was especially renowned in early China for its “Heavenly Horses” and since gaining its independence from the USSR in 1991, Kyrgyzstan has become central Asia’s only democracy. Learn about the history, culture and natural beauty of this spectacular land.



Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

Gardens, Art & Fall Foliage in the USA – by John Patrick

This talk explores the blending of gardens with art that is such a characteristic element of garden design. Modernist designers in the years immediately after the Second World War contributed strongly to this tradition, none more so than the famed fabric designer Jack Lennor Larsen who in his garden in the Hamptons displays an ever changing and always exciting collection of sculpture. Past participants have been thrilled to see that Jack’s garden approach extends into his house where ceramics by leading twentieth century ceramicists including Lucie Rie and Hans Coper are part of the house’s remarkable decoration. Russell Wright’s Manitoga was revolutionary in its day and today shows a collection of his domestic wares. Outside the old quarry that his home is perched against is the setting for experimental contemporary art displays. Wright and Larsen may not be familiar names to all but the Rockefeller name brings immediate recognition. Nelson Rockefeller loved sculpture more than almost any other art. His collection transformed the garden at Kykuit acting as an exemplar for inclusion of sculpture in a garden setting.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Drawing on Japanese influences in Garden Design – by Jim Fogarty

The earliest recorded Japanese gardens were created for recreation and aesthetic pleasure and are mentioned briefly in the first chronicle of Japanese history, published in 720 AD. However it is the more widely known gardens of Buddhist temples, designed for contemplation and meditation, that have captured the minds of gardeners the world over. In this presentation we will explore the core garden design principals of entrance & enclosure, the principals of Feng Shui & the Zen ideology of viewing a garden and the psychology of designing for flow and movement through a garden. Importantly we will explore the potential of how you can adapt these nuances into your own garden design.



Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

The Mysteries of Paris: An urban landscape of dream and desire – by Prof. Chris McAuliffe

While Paris is famed as the City of Light, many artists and writers have preferred to explore its darker corners. For romantics, surrealists and radical bohemians, Paris is a city of mysteries, dreams and uncanny experiences. In the mid-nineteenth century, the poet and critic Charles Baudelaire wrote of the flâneur, the urban drifter spying on the rough drama of street life. By the 1930s, surrealists wandered arcades and backstreets in the hope that chance encounters might reveal the le merveilleux quotidien — strange and marvellous irruptions of the unconscious in daily life. After World War II, this Freudian poetics of the streets was recast as ‘psychogeography’ by the Situationist movement. No longer merely an architectural or geographical space, Paris was mapped as a landscape of psychic intensities and navigated by playful, drifting bohemians. In all of this, artists and poets sought the secret life of Paris; its forgotten quarters, its nocturnal life, its irrational and unpredictable character. This lecture will explore Paris’ subconscious, guided by some of the city’s most challenging artists.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

An Englishman’s home is a Welsh castle – by Richard Heathcote

This talk explores the uses that castles served both for suppressing the Welsh and in dominating the landscape as the homes of various nobility through the ages. You will hear about Powys, Prince Charles’ favourite castle where he has his own bedroom, and Caernavon where he was crowned Prince of Wales. Penryn, on the other hand, was the home of the Kings of the slate industry who exported to the world and with proceeds built a modern castle for their home. Gwydir reveals its owner’s romantic restoration journey from a ruined heap to lovingly restored medieval castle.



Lecture 1 | 1.00 – 1.50pm

Bulgaria: Treasure house of the Balkans – by Iain Shearer

Bulgaria’s 20th century was both bleak and bloody and this has obscured a western understanding of the glorious culture that emanated from this centre of civilisation for 2 over millennia. One of the wealthiest of Roman provinces and a heartland of the later Byzantines, both Latin and Greek-speaking imperial powers absorbed the earlier culture of Thrace and Greek colonies that respectively occupied the mountainous interior and Black Sea coast. This lecture will link the early history of Bulgaria through the rise of Orthodox Christian medieval kingdoms, to the modern era, revealing a cornucopia of cultural treasures.

Lecture 2 | 2.20 – 3.10pm

Algeria and the M’zab Valley: Pearl of the Maghreb – by Iain Shearer

A hidden valley-sanctuary for a persecuted sect located in the deep Sahara of central Algeria, the M’Zab valley holds 5 fortress towns that until the beginning of the 20th century were entirely closed to outsiders: Islamic Algerians and French Christians alike. Today, the “Moazabites” are a dynamic minority community with a reputation for hard work and strict religious and social custom. This lecture will locate the history of the M’Zab people within the extraordinary mosaic of Algerian history: Numidian Berber kings and one of the wealthiest of all Roman provinces; home of Church Father St Augustine and a dynamic Christian past; Vandals and the end of Imperium; a great Byzantine stronghold of Justinian; jewel of Islamic dynasties, Ottomans, and Barbarossa the Corsair; to Colonial French rule, Albert Camus, and Independence.

Crookwell Garden Festival

Crookwell Garden Festival 2016


The 2016 Crookwell Garden Festival will be held over the weekend of Saturday, 5th and Sunday 6th of November, 2016.

At this time of year visitors can enjoy roses blooming as well as the beauty of flowering trees and cold-climate plants all set within the wonderful rolling green hills of the Upper Lachlan Shire in NSW, only 45km north-west of Goulburn and an hour from Canberra.

As with our highly successful inaugural Crookwell Garden Festival held last year, we will have a good variety of gardens open for viewing by visitors, both within the township of Crookwell and in the nearby countryside.

A popular feature of last year’s Festival was the Garden Lover’s Market, and we’ll be running it again on Saturday, 5th November at St. Bartholomew’s church hall and grounds in Denison Street, Crookwell.

As with the 2015 Crookwell Garden Festival, 25% of proceeds from the 2016 Festival will go towards a local charity.

Details of the gardens are available on the gardens page of our website: Crookwell Gardens Festival

Given the popularity of the 2015 Festival, we suggest intending visitors for 2016 book their accommodation well in advance. Visit the Upper Lachlan Shire website for your options: Visit Uppper Lachlan Shire

China Luoyang Peony Cultural Festival 中国洛阳牡丹文化节

Many consider the peony to be the most beautiful flower in the world – even ahead of the rose. Luoyang, in Henan Province in northern China (about 400km east of Xi’an) is considered to be the place in China where the best peonies grow. The history of Luoyang’s association with the peony date back to the Sui and Tang dynasties, covering the years from 618 to 907 CE.

The China Luoyang Peony Cultural Festival (中国洛阳牡丹文化节) began in 1983 and has become one of China’s most important national festivals, attracting hundreds of thousands of local Chinese tourists as well many international tourists wanting to delight in all things peony.

While at Luoyang, you can see peonies in a wide range of colours from white through to the deepest purple as well as many different sizes and forms, including singles, doubles, bi-colours and even huge blooms up to 20cm+ (8 inches) in diameter!

Luoyang has a number of large parks and botanical gardens dedicated to growing this beautiful flowering plant that open for the peony festival, including Wangcheng Park, the China National Flower Garden, the National Peony Garden, Luoyang International Peony Garden, Shenzou Peony Garden and the Sui and Tang Ruins Dynasties Botanical Garden.

To satisfy the large number of visitors, most are open from first light (6am) until at least 7pm (19:00). Peony blooms should be at their peak during the middle two weeks of April.

You can access Luoyang by high speed train from Beijing which takes 4 to 4.5 hours, or from Xi’an (home of the terracotta warriors), a 2 hour train trip.


Chelsea Fringe – the alternative garden festival

Chelsea Fringe


Chelsea Fringe begin on Saturday 20 May and runs until 4 June 2017, at a host of different venues and settings across England and Scotland plus events in various locations around the world.

Building on the success of the previous Chelsea Fringe festivals, it will feature a wonderful mixture of public spectacles, horticultural happenings and community celebrations.

The Fringe is all about harnessing and spreading some of the excitement and energy that fizzes around gardens and gardening. The idea is to give people the freedom and opportunity to express themselves through the medium of plants and gardens, to open up possibilities and to allow full participation.

Entirely independent of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show (though acting with its support), the Fringe explodes out of the showground geographically, demographically and conceptually. Its events encompass everything from grassroots community garden projects to avant-garde art installations. Our open-access principle means that just about anything goes – as long as it’s interesting and legal, and on the subject of gardens, flowers, veg-growing or landscape.

Leura Gardens Festival 2017

Leura Gardens Festival


Think Spring … Think Leura

The 2017 Leura Gardens Festival will be held from Saturday 30 September – Sunday 8 October inclusive.

Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily.

The 2017 Leura Gardens Festival will feature 11 beautiful spring gardens for the price of $25 per person to visit all gardens, or $8 per individual garden. There are two new gardens to the festival, four are returning after a break including visitor favourites The Braes and Ewanrigg, and also on show are many wonderful old favourites which draw visitors back year after year.

The full list of gardens will be available on our website

There is a Festival bus available from Leura Station from 9.30 am until the close of gardens. This follows a set route and stops at all gardens throughout the day. On the two weekends of the Festival (30 September-1-2 October and 7-8 October) which are the busiest times, two buses will be running to ensure our visitors can comfortably access all gardens. These buses will be evenly spread to minimise time delays. The cost of an all day bus ticket is $5 per person during the week days of the Festival and $10 per person during the weekends.

Gardens are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm daily.


Festival des Architectures Vives

Festival des Architectures Vives (the Lively Architecture)


To face today’s economic mutations and technical, technological and societal changes, it is not enough to adapt – today we must innovate.


The Festival des Architectures Vives is an architectural path for the general public, who can discover or rediscover the historical landmarks of the city of Montpellier since 2006 and the city of La Grande Motte since 2013. The event invites visitors to go in contact this rich heritage by offering installations scattered around the city. In Montpellier, it takes place in the historic town and offers a path connecting mansions and courtyards, mostly private, that are usually not visible to visitors.

Then in La Grande Motte, the festival invites the visitor to discover a revisited contemporary architectural heritage, and sometimes rewritten by young architects. Thus, the city of La Grande Motte and specifically the architecture of Jean Balladur, recognized as the “Heritage of the twentieth century” is put into perspective by these ephemeral works.

Each installation created by architects teams allows to highlight the work of a younger generation which is inventing, experimenting and exploring new design of our environment fields. Thus, the festival offers them the opportunity to make a submission through an installation in the heart of the prestigious and remarkable setting offered courses and mansions and to confront qualitative urban spaces open to the great landscape in La Grande Motte. Each one opens a dialogue between heritage and contemporary architecture installations.

Since 2006, the FAV is organized annually by the association Champ Libre, chaired by Jacques Brion and Elodie NOURRIGAT, architects in Montpellier.

The access is completely free and open to all.


Condobolin Garden Festival NSW

Condobolin Garden Festival  2-3 April 2016


All gardens are open 10am-4pm both days

Visit the Wiradjuri Study Centre between 10 and 4pm to browse the many garden stalls selling a range of garden products, including plants, pots, garden ornaments and garden art.

Guest speakers:
Paul Kirkpatrick, of Estate Gardening in Jamberoo
Sally Bourne, of Sally Bourne Landscapes
Vas Roberts of Narromine Iris Farm
John Small on beekeeping.

Saturday evening on 2 April – ‘Music Under the Gums’ with Trouble With Johnny featuring Ces and Rocky. Time: 7pm (Separate ticket $20pp). BYO picnic rug/chair/picnic and drinks. At the home of Lorraine & Cary L’estrange, The Gums, Kiacatoo Road, Condobolin


“It’s all about the view”
A Dry Land Garden.
We started this garden 10 years ago. It is on almost 5 acres of rock on the side of Ressie hill. Nothing grew here but iron bark and black wattle, the ground had been pushed up and used for oat hulls and machinery. We saw none of that though, only the massive 360 view of gorgeous country side. Our river block wish list didn’t have a chance against this view.
We went into a massive battle with the rock, droughts, sever water restrictions and a scarred landscape armed only with ignorance and rookie enthusiasm to create a landscape that would do justice to the view. Years of trying to recreate the lovely river block garden of our dreams ended in disaster. The block not so gently reminded us it started out with iron banks and black wattle for a very good reason. It is DRY LAND….Crushed granite now replaces the struggling turf lawns, sculptural agraves and cactus replaced verdant bushed and pots contain citrus and cottage plants and the orchard now has olive trees. Gabion walls replace timber fence (white ants). It is a work in progress and will always be as everything changes, the climate, our ideas and needs.
Come and see what we’ve accomplished so far and take inspiration from a dry land garden we’ve created to complement the view.

GARDEN 2: The Wiradjuri Study Centre
Styled to depict the Australian bush, the raised gardens have native rock and driftwood from the Lachlan River. The gardens compliment the unique circular mud-brick study centre building. The building has a core material of locally made compressed earth brick, local cypress timber and various sustainability components.
The centre offers a local hub for training, development and employment, cultural appreciation, cultural awareness and heritage issues, a keeping place and a space to yarn up.

GARDEN 3: DI & IAN KELK ‘Bindarra’, Lachlan Valley Way
Located on the South Forbes Road, Bindarra was purchased in 1999 with the garden non-existant. Over the past sixteen years, they have added ponds, arches, hedges, over 40 roses and trees. This garden relies on bore water.

GARDEN 4: DONNA & GARY NAGLE at 48 McGregor Street
Moving back to Condobolin and building a new house in 2012 has provided us with a blank canvas and enabled me to take my love of decorating outdoors.
I spend countless hours looking at images online and garden magazines. I see something that appeals to me and then work out how to put my own touch to it.
The front yard was done first. We approached a local landscape designer, Cary L’Estrange, to assist us in the planning stage of the garden. We visited a few gardens and worked out what we did and did not like. Cary then designed the layout. The gardens, watering system, plants and turf all came together in July 2012.
We waited a while before beginning the back yard, so we could get a feel for it and work out how we could utilize the various spaces. This was not easy as the more we grow as people, the more the garden and yard evolve.
Just recently we built a cat run for two reasons – to keep the cats safe whilst outdoors and to prevent them from digging up the plants. This means I am now able to plant bulbs, which in turn means the garden continues to develop.
I have always heard about garden rooms and I have tried to follow this by keeping the dog/work yard separate, having an entertainment area and a smaller intimate area on the deck.
I have a number of small areas around the house and yard to accommodate the ever changing weather. A nice sunny spot for a winter’s morning and a cool corner to escape the summer heat.
Trees were planted along the back fence to provide the autumn colour I love so much and the bulbs that will flower next spring.
Our garden is more about working for and with our lifestyle than just being pretty.

GARDEN 5: KAYE & PADDY MCCUMSTIE at 71 Officers Parade
We moved to this house 35 years ago, after a lifetime living on a property, battling extended droughts. When we brought this home we had no immediate neighbours and part of the appeal was that we could run the horses at the back of the block. After a short time of living here we realised just how much water was being wasted trying to keep the lawn green. The thought of constantly pouring on such a precious resource, purely for aesthetic purposes, went against every fibre of our beings. Basically we live on a sand hill, so the volume of water needed to maintain some semblance of a lawn went against very thing we had been battling in the recent past.
The garden at the time was just a very simple, if not bland garden. Some young trees and a few oyster plants on the corners of the house, and way too much lawn. So we slowly began reducing the lawn area.
Twenty years ago we dug the remaining lawn out and paved the backyard to within an inch of its life. We worked on small areas of garden to soften the effect of the pavers, we also knew that this is where we would spend our retirement and wanted to reduce any trip hazards or not have too big a garden to maintain.
Then the front garden was completed. Keeping in mind that ours is a simple house to look at from the road. The flame tree is the focal point, front and centre of the house, so we used that as a feature to work from when developing the landscape for the front yard.
Ours is not large or grand garden by any stretch, but it is a great example of minimising water use. And in an area such as ours we feel it vital that we keep the use of precious resources to an absolute minimum.

GARDEN 6: LEANNE & JOHN ANDERSON at 34 Rogers Street
For years John & Leanne Anderson would drive to town past a vacant block boasting incredible water views of the Goobang Creek and dream of owning such an oasis. Thirteen years on, not only are the Andersons the proud owners of the block but they have also created a garden that visitors now dream of. With majestic red river gums and sleepy willows curving along the creek, the Andersons have ensured all aspects of the garden complement the tranquil vista.
To achieve this, the garden landscape features several graduating levels, punctuated with rocks, logs and free form garden beds. The garden beds boast host many of Leanne’s favourites, such as crepe myrtles, diosma, lavender, agapanthus, geraniums and roses. Far from being precious about colour and tone, the Andersons garden beds are a riot of reds and pinks, blues and green and everything in between. To balance the undulating borders of the garden beds, the Andersons have created a formal garden, featuring a gravel circular path and a horseshoe of Seduction and Iceburg roses
Jacarandas, Chinese Elm and Manchurian Pear provide the place to cool off from the Condobolin heat, while an ornamental grape covered pergola is the ideal location for long lazy lunches.
The Andersons inherited an established tree line on the western side while a new oleander hedge on the eastern side secludes the garden from the neighbours.
The red gravelly soil is great for drainage, but tough for digging, which means that creating a new garden bed requires ‘man power’. The Andersons are adamant that while they mulch and remain water wise, they prefer not to baby the garden, which has meant some trial and error.
The Anderson’s dream garden is now becoming a popular wedding location. It seems it is not only the Andersons who have fallen love with the block beside the Goobang, but many others wishing to make their dreams come true.

Lanyon Plant Fair, ACT

Lanyon Plant Fair


Purchase the best of the best plants directly from the growers, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, garden art, sculpture and top quality garden tools. It’s an enticing destination for new and experienced gardeners alike.

The Lanyon Plant Fair is in the beautiful grounds of historic Lanyon Homestead, established in the 1840s. Stroll through the carefully preserved pleasure gardens with their flowing perennial beds, spectacular roses and a vegetable garden containing many heirloom varieties.

Throughout the weekend there will be free talks by garden specialists as well as a free children’s program, garden tours and visitors will also be able to visit the house.

The 2016 Lanyon Plant Fair is presented by a partnership between the Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc.and the ACT Government.

Event Details:
Address: Lanyon Homestead, Tharwa Drive, southern Canberra, ACT
Directions: From Canberra head south along Tuggeranong Parkway/Drakeford Drive. Turn right onto Tharwa Drive, follow signs to Lanyon Homestead on the southern outskirts of Canberra.

Auckland Garden DesignFest

The third Auckland Garden DesignFest will again showcase leading and award-winning garden designers.

Among the highlights in this year’s line-up are three completely different gardens by Robin Shafer – an extensive formal garden in response to a classical Georgian house in St Heliers, a resort-style garden and swimming pool complementing a magnificent new home overlooking the Hauraki Gulf, and an elegant garden designed in response to one of Herne Bay’s most beautiful corner villas.

Another top designer, Trudy Crerar, is also presenting three contrasting gardens – a Moorish garden designed to seduce the senses for a small courtyard in one of Auckland’s most historic streets, a sympathetic garden designed to unravel the best of the original features of a 1930’s deco house in Herne Bay, and unlike any of its neighbours, an established garden full of New Zealand native plants that manages to be thoroughly at home in Parnell.

Bryan McDonald, one of New Zealand’s most experienced designers,came up with an outdoor gallery theme with a structured planting style for a courtyard garden which mirrors and exaggerates the architectural lines of a 90’s townhouse in Remuera.

Trish Bartleet is back with a tropical Balinese-like garden and cleverly designed pool in response to the clients’ hopes of a garden that would complement some remaining palms behind their new architecturally-designed house.

Sue & Colin McLean have two contrasting gardens – an enticing contemporary courtyard in Takapuna on the North Shore and a beautifully sympathetic garden revealing the unspoilt magic of a waterfront property on the edge of Meola Reef in Pt Chevalier.

Multiple world-wide award winning designer Xanthe White has collaborated with the owner of a wonderful house in Mt Eden to create an elegant and playful garden, full of colour and folly, while retaining a generous connection with the neighbourhood.

Jo Hamilton has created a ‘naturalistic journey’ for the owners of a much-loved transitional villa in Herne Bay through the garden via two circular ‘mirror’ lawns balanced by fruitful planting to a new self-contained studio at the back.

Mark Read and Richard Neville of Natural Habitats have transformed a tricky, tight site in Remuera into a magical space with a resort-like atmosphere, where children love to feed the tame eels in the creek running through the back of the property.

Radio and televsion personality Tony Murrell has two contrasting gardens in Remuera – a formal, rose-filled haven much loved by the owners and an empathetic, inviting garden for a totally revamped old villa.

Plant designer, Barbara Garrett, has used all her experience and skill with a garden on the edge of Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill, to enhance the feeling that these iconic Auckland landscapes extend from the property itself.

Nigel Cameron has added his own sculptural features to a garden in Castor Bay on the North Shore to give it a unique personal link to the owners’ love of boats and the property’s magnificent sea view.

In Milford, again on the North shore, Karen Wealleans has worked with the owner over several years to develop an enticing and totally liveable outdoor garden courtyard space, full of an interesting mix of plants.

Murray Reid’s own garden in St Mary’s Bay is a perfect example of a response to downsizing as it preserves all the elements of a traditional backyard but in a smaller plot, with a seamless transition from the indoor to outdoor spaces.

Phillip Millar’s garden in Parnell is a ‘His and Hers’ garden demonstrating how this can be achieved in a small space, with his beloved tropical planting balanced by an abundance of flowers and vegetables in pots for her.

The Landscape Show, Florida

The Landscape Show, Florida


The Landscape Show is one of the USA’s leading landscape and nursery trade shows.

• Dozens of Educational Programs
• Industry CEUs
• Peer-to-peer Exchange
• FNGLA Landscape Award Winners
• Opportunties to Connect
• Learn to Grow Your Business

Held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando:

9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819


Australian Landscape Conference, Melbourne

Australian Landscape Conference 2015 Program


Saturday 19 September

Welcome: Warwick Forge, Conference Director

Opening: Professor Tim Entwisle
Avoiding the Predictable: migration of plants, objects and cultures: Martin Rein-Cano
Designing with Nature: Phillip Johnson
Morning Tea
Places for Dreaming: Xavier Perrot
Rapporteur: Morning speakers with Peter Watts
Lessons from the Landscape: inspiration from local materials, artisans and the natural systems: James Basson
Landscape Networks in Bogota, Colombia: Diana Wiesner
Afternoon Tea
Symbiosis: Designing for new uses in historic Mediterranean Landscapes: Thomas Doxiadis
Rapporteur: Afternoon Speakers with Peter Watts
Close of Plenary Session
Barge transfer to Speakers’ Dinner departs Southgate Floating Landing at 5.45pm sharp!
Speakers’ Dinner Royal South Yarra Lawn Tennis Club, Williams Road North, South Yarra


Sunday 20 September

21st Century Community Projects: Diana Wiesner
Designing through poverty: creatively changing the cost/benefit of landscape projects: Thomas Doxiadis
Morning Tea
Warner’s Nurseries, Major Sponsor
Generative Planting Design: James Basson
Rapporteur: Morning speakers with Peter Watts
Time Spirit and Place: Viesturs Cielens
The Crystalline Garden: Xavier Perrot
Afternoon Tea
Authenticity in Landscape Design: Vorbild + Nachbild (Images and after images): Martin Rein-Cano
Rapporteur: Conference speakers with Peter
Conference closure


Garden Tour – Friday 18 Sept 2015

Our tour takes us to the spectacular Dandenong Ranges National Park to visit unique gardens which nestle amongst lush fern gullies and towering mountain ash – tallest hardwoods known to man and endemic to Victoria and Tasmania. Cloudehill, Burnham Beeches and Philip Johnson’s private garden are complemented by outstanding suburban gardens by Andrew Laidlaw and Robert Boyle. Book early as numbers are limited.

(The tour is confined to delegates).

* PHIL JOHNSON’S OLINDA GARDEN This award winning Australian garden nestles into the mountainside, so that garden and natural landscape become one – a perfect bush sanctuary with billabong, boardwalks and bathing outdoors.

* CLOUDEHILL, JEREMY FRANCIS Rated one of the world’s most beautiful gardens, with 25 garden spaces including herbaceous borders, breathtaking bulb meadow, forest glades, rare and endangered species, a new potager and much more. In situ sculpture, Diggers Nursery, restaurant and gift shop on site.

* BURNHAM BEECHES, SHERBROOKE One of Australia’s truly iconic gardens, and a well kept secret. Stroll the magnificent grounds, boasting produce gar­dens, emu enclosure, 500­tree truffiere, and The Piggery Cafe. Take in the majesty of the 1930’s Art Moderne mansion, being resurrected and reimagined under the loving vision of acclaimed chef­restrateur, Shannon Bennett. A rare oppor­tunity to step back to a time of glamour, Empire and romance.

* HAWTHORN GARDEN, ANDREW LAIDLAW A vibrant, plant driven garden combining stylish practical spaces for modern family life. This nurturing retreat with its children’s space responds superbly to its brief for an atypical Hawthorn garden.

* IVANHOE GARDEN, ROBERT BOYLE LANDSCAPE DESIGN Blending formal and informal elements, this beauti­ful garden gently transcends a sloping site via a series of integrated spaces, exuberant planting and meandering pathways to a natural style billabong merging with the Yarra River at its feet.

DATE Fri 18 Sept 2015 TIME 8.15 – ­5.30pm (TBC) INCLUDES Vue de Monde boxed lunch, coach, guide, entry fees and garden notes. Dep/Ret Melbourne Convention Centre COST $165
BOOK Via registration form or website

CONTACT Jenny Wade t: 0409 000 089 or e: jennywade@bigpond.com Bookings subject to availability. Tour may be varied or cancelled if circumstances change. A 75% refund is available for cancellations prior to 1 Sept 2015. No refunds after that date.


Post Conference workshops Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 September


90 minute sessions presented by leading experts on design and horticulture including three by international speakers. They enable interactive discussions and learning experiences and are limited to 30 people.

Workshops are open to non-delegates.

DATE: Monday and Tuesday 21 and 22 Sept 2015

TIME: 8.45am-5pm daily (See Workshop Program below for session times)

VENUE: Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne, Yarra Boulevard, Burnley

COST: $75 per workshop

BOOK: Via registration form or website

CONTACT: jennywade@bigpond.com or 0409 000 089

ALC WORKSHOP PROGRAM: Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd September 2015

James Basson, France – 9am – 10.30am
Creative Design Solutions – Thinking Outside the Box (Monday only)
Challenging Spaces – Dynamic Solutions (Tuesday only)

Amander Flaherty, Light on Landscape – 9am – 10.30am (Monday and Tuesday)
Garden Illumination

Martin Rein-Cano, Athens – 11am – 12.30pm (Monday only)
Streets as Public Spaces: Including the Significance of Trees & Planting Concepts

Scott Leung/Myles Broad, Eckersley Garden Architecture 11am – 12.30pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Draping Architecture with Greenery

Rodger & Gwen Elliot, Australian Plants & Gardens Specialists
11am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3pm (Tuesday only)
Habitat Gardens with Australian Plants

Diana Wiesner, Colombia, 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Monday only)
Greening our Cities

Erik van Zuilekom, Fytogreen – 1.30pm – 3.00pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Vertical Garden Design – Practical Considerations for Ecological Planting on the Vertical

Tim Sansom, The Diggers Club – 3.30pm – 5.00pm (Monday and Tuesday)
“What’s Old is New” focusing on heirloom vegetables, annual flowers and perennials for Australian gardens

Robert Boyle, Robert Boyle Landscape Design – 3.30pm – 5.00pm (Monday and Tuesday)
Water in the Australian Landscape




spoga+gafa is the world’s leading garden trade fair. From 3rd to 5th September, in Cologne, Germany, over 2,000 exhibitors from around 60 countries will be presenting their innovations for the green oasis to almost 40,000 international trade visitors. Every aspect of gardening and outdoor living, garden equipment, sports & games, camping & leisure, garden creation and care, plants and flowers, biochemistry & soil machines, tools and accessories and much more will be on display.

spoga+gafa is a fair open to trade visitors only. You will need to register and present your trade credentials for admittance. You can register online HERE

Held in the spacious halls of the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, it’s easy to get there by car, train or air, and book nearby hotels for your stay.

Exhibitors come to spoga+gafa from around the world to exhibit the latest in garden and outdoor living and leisure products.

Opening hours: Sunday and Monday from 9am to 6pm; Tuesday from 9am to 5pm

Special features include:

Boulevard of Ideas

The IVG Garden Party

The Plant Park


Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
Telefon +49 221 821-3998
Telefax +49 221 821-3999



Plant Fair at Lanyon, ACT

Plant Fair at Lanyon


Purchase the best of the best plants directly from the growers, with everything from bulbs to trees, natives to exotics, garden art, sculpture and top quality garden tools. It’s an enticing destination for new and experienced gardeners alike.

The Plant Fair at Lanyon is in the beautiful grounds of historic Lanyon Homestead, established in the 1840s. Stroll through the carefully preserved pleasure gardens with their flowing perennial beds, spectacular roses and a vegetable garden containing many heirloom varieties.

Throughout the weekend there will be free talks by garden specialists as well as a free children’s program, garden tours and visitors will also be able to visit the house.

Event Details:
Address: Tharwa Dve, Tharwa
Directions: From Canberra head south along Tuggeranong Parkway/Drakeford Drive. Turn right onto Tharwa Dve, follow signs to Lanyon Homestead in Tharwa, ACT

BBC Gardeners’ World Live

BBC Gardeners’ World Live 2017


What’s on at BBC Gardener’s World Live in 2017:

Meet the experts:

Alan TitchmarshAlan Titchmarsh was born and brought up on the edge of Ilkley Moor.  He left school at fifteen and became an apprentice gardener in the local nursery, following this with full-time training at horticultural college and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.



carol_kleinCarol Klein is one of the most familiar gardening experts working in the media today, most famous for her role as regular presenter of Gardener’s World. Her natural, down-to-earth approach has made her popular and trusted figure. As well as covering all the wonderful shows from Chelsea and Tatton to Hampton Court, Carol has fronted many series, including Grow Your Own Veg and Open Gardens.


joe_swiftJoe Swift is a professional garden designer and co-founder of Modular, a garden design and build brand.. Joe has been a regular presenter on Gardeners’ World for 14 years now. He has also presented Open Gardens, Small Town Gardens and coverage of the RHS Flower Shows at Chelsea, Hampton Court and Tatton Park. In 2012 Joe won a Gold Medal for his first Chelsea garden.


monty_donMonty Don is a renowned gardening writer and television presenter and one of the UK’s favourite and most respected gardeners.He is a prolific journalist and was the Observer’s gardening editor from 1994 until 2006 and now writes a regular column for the Daily Mail and BBC Gardeners’ World Magazine. He has written over 20 books including the best selling Fork to Fork, The Jewel Garden (with Sarah Don) and The Complete Gardener.


adam frostAdam Frost, seven-time Chelsea gold medallist, started his career building Geoff Hamilton’s gardens for the BBC at Barnsdale. In 2013, he helped set up the Homebase Garden Academy and in 2014 became an RHS Ambassador to raise the profile of horticulture and encourage secondary schools to embrace gardening. Recently, he wrote and published his own book ‘Real Gardens’ which tells the journey of his award winning Chelsea gardens.


BBC Gardeners’ World Theatre: a packed schedule of live and entertaining talks from top gardeners and well known experts from Gardeners’ World TV programme and popular gardening experts. Reserve your seats for just £2 in addition to show entry tickets.

Show Gardens: A central focus of the show, these gardens reflect current trends and design ideas covering a diverse range of themes. Displaying excellence in horticulture and design, Show Gardens provide theatre and inspiration and are always a firm visitor favourite.

New for 2017 is the Beautiful Border Competition showcasing designs, ideas, plants and creative features.


Floral Marquee: BBC Gardeners’ World Live is proud to host one of the largest floral marquees in the country. A haven of colour and scent, the RHS Floral Marquee is the ultimate destination for all gardeners and plant lovers. From orchids to lilies, dianthus to alliums, it is a spectacular sight packed with award winning nurseries and displays.
Rose Festival with experts, displays and hundreds of varieties on sale.
VegTrug Stage – demos and expert advice for growing edibles at home

Gardeners’ Interview Stage – see al your favourite gardening experts in conversation with Jim Buttress


Gardeners’ Zones: Grow&Eat, Essentials, Wildlife, Know-how, Life&Style, Marketplace


Brisbane International Garden Show

We are pleased to announce the launch of a brand new gardening event for Queensland.

Brisbane International Garden Show will be held over 4 days at Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine on 8-9-10-11 October 2015.

This event will showcase the unique Queensland gardening style and will bring together landscape gardening displays for both large and smaller gardens, gardening experts delivering talks and workshops and of course dozens of nurseries and gardening products displaying all the best of spring gardening plants and products.

Brisbane International Garden Show will be organised by the same team that organise the very successful and long running Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour in July.

It is our intention to continue to stage the Queensland Garden Expo at Nambour in July in very much the same way as we have done in the past and run a second event that will, whilst having many of the same aims and elements as Queensland Garden Expo, also be a quite different and a stand-alone event.

2015 promises to be a great year for gardeners with two fantastic gardening events. We will keep you updated about both events throughout the year and hope that you can join us.

Queensland Garden Expo

Queensland Garden Expo


Nambour Showgrounds, South-East Queensland (one hour drive north of Brisbane)


Queensland Garden Expo is a ‘must see’ in 2016 for green thumbs and novice gardeners alike. Held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 8th to 10th July, this three day expo is Queensland’s premier gardening event attracting 35,000 + visitors from all over Australia and New Zealand. Some of Australia’s leading Gardening experts take part in three days of lectures, demonstrations and workshops.

Hear some of Australia’s best known subtropical gardening experts, like Annette McFarlane, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Phil Dudman, Noel Burdette, Arno King and Angus Stewart.

See plants, plants and more plants with over 50 nurseries represented and over 350 exhibitors. There is a full program of free lectures and demonstrations on eight “live” stages every day covering a vast array of gardening topics. Head to the ‘Gardeners and Gourmets’ stage for some great tips on growing your own produce and turning it into delicious gourmet meals. The ‘Giant Kitchen Garden’ features a totally organic food court with a fully planted sustainable garden constructed onsite. Get free help with gardening problems and plant identification from the onsite Plant Clinic and be inspired by the fantastic arrangements in the Floral Design Competition.

Come spend the weekend visiting the Queensland Garden Expo and exploring our naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast region – return home relaxed and inspired!


Friday – 8th July 2016
Gates open 8am
Close 5pm

Saturday – 9th July 2016
Gates open 8am
Close 5pm

Sunday – 10th July 2016
Gates open 8am
Close 4pm

London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend

London’s Open Garden Squares Weekend


London’s Parks and Gardens Trust, in association with the National Trust, present Open Garden Squares Weekend 2018.

The event, which originally created access to private squares in central London, now embraces a wide range of little known and hidden green spaces across the capital.

Around 200 gardens take part in Open Garden Squares Weekend each year. There is a real variety – from the traditional private squares to contemporary roof gardens, not to mention skips, prisons, museums, schools and allotments.

We have a mix of gardens that are private, those that are not normally open at weekends and some that are open, but are hidden gems that you might not know about. Gardens that are normally open provide activities ranging from puppet shows to walks and exhibitions by friends groups. They will usually have active, dedicated community groups passionate about their local area, their garden and community.

Gardens are selected for their historical significance, design interest, community significance, horticultural interest or environmental importance.

You can enjoy a wide range of activities, including guided walks and tours, cycle rides, music, refreshments, plants sales, garden fêtes, and family activities.

Profits from ticket sales are shared between participating sites and help to support the work of the London Parks & Gardens Trust. Gardens may raise money and/or awareness for their own causes.

In recent years we have been very grateful for support from the National Trust, Transport for London, Hamptons, Time OutHunting plc and the Metropolitan Public Gardens Association.