The wildflowers of the Snowy Mountains are truly one of Australia’s great botanical treasures. During mid-summer the high plains around Mt. Kosciuszko Continue reading “Snowy Mountains wildflowers”
A few years ago, whilst researching Polyscias (commonly called Aralia) cultivars for a magazine article, I came across mention of their discovery and introduction by William Guilfoyle during his voyage on the HMS Challenger in 1868. I was surprised to learn this was the same W R Guilfoyle (1840 – 1912) who later became the famous curator at the Melbourne Botanic Garden. Continue reading “Guilfoyle and his warm climate plants”
One of the horticultural oddities of the last century is the floral clock. Most of us have encountered them from time to time during our travels, often sighted on gentle slopes in manicured public gardens at tourist destinations. Apart from a moment’s thought at the sophistication of the technology and the intricate plantings used by the designers, most of these outdoor landscapes are soon forgotten. Continue reading “Garden oddities – floral clocks”
Mayfield, a huge, private, cool-climate garden near Oberon in the NSW Central Tablelands has been described as “marvellous” and its public Water Garden a “masterpiece” and “magical“. I first saw greater Mayfield in 2010 and wasn’t that keen but thought it just needed maturation time. Continue reading “Review: Why I don’t like Mayfield Water Garden”
Scarecrows, chooks, chocolate cake and jam – they’re all part of the fun and festivities of the Leura Harvest Festival held recently in the Blue Mountains. The festival ads said there would be outstanding produce, fine fare and innovative sustainability initiatives, and its tireless creator Barry Jarrott just happens to be a professional gardener. It all boded well for an interesting and feast-filled time. Continue reading “Leura Harvest Festival, Blue Mountains, NSW”
Over 40 Exhibitors offering plants for collectors as well as ornamental and food gardens plus quality garden products; an interesting & informative FREE Speakers Program on both days; refreshments and ATM facilities. At Kariong Mountains High School, Central Coast, NSW, an easy 1 hour drive from Sydney.
Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016; 9am-4pm both days
The Home and Garden Show in Bowral, NSW, has over 150 exhibitors. Anything you could possibly need, want or desire will be there… loads to love, see, buy, do and learn! The perfect opportunity to enquire, order and purchase loads of new products, plants, innovations and ideas for your Home & Garden. Enjoy free demonstrations and presentations across 4 stages including Gardening experts, home improvement, interior design and food and wine aficionados. Bowral is in the beautiful NSW Southern Highlands, an easy 1.5 to 2 hour drive by motorway south-west of Sydney.
Talk at Australian Plants Society Central Coast Group, Saturday 13 August at 2pm.
In October 2015 Kevin Stokes went on a wildflower tour to WA which took him north from Perth and Kings Park to Geraldton and on to Kalbarri National Park before returning to Perth. His talk will loosely follow that trip and display the richness of the WA Flora in a photographic essay. As a bonus Kevin will touch on how to grow some of the WA plants on the East Coast.
Kevin has had a deep interest in most aspects of the Australian Flora over the last 40 years and has been associated with the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens near Raymond Terrace for its 30 year history.
$2 entry includes talk, a raffle ticket and afternoon tea plus a garden-grown Australian NATIVE flower and foliage display. ALL WELCOME!
‘Making Connections – Plants and People’. Cultivate is the peak body for horticultural therapy in NSW. This inaugural one day professional conference highlights the interaction between plants and people and the resulting therapeutic benefits experienced by our interconnectedness. Our aim is to increase this understanding and move towards standard training and practice in Australian professional services in therapeutic horticulture with an emphasis on evidence based practice.
Key note speakers: Anna Baker Cresswell, HighGround UK, on the horticultural therapy for the military ‘Gardening Leave’ and the Defence Rehabilitation Centre and Dr Theresa Scott, presenting research on the benefits of gardening for older adults.
Full delegate price $185, concessions and Cultivate members $150. Book now!
An exhibition at the State Library of NSW in Sydney curated by garden historian Richard Aitken. Features 150 rare, beautiful and often quirky objects from the Library’s collection, spanning 5 centuries, that present the ideas and influences that have shaped the way we make, use, imagine and enjoy our gardens.
State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney
Exhibition Galleries, open 9am-5pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; 9am-8pm Thurs, 10am-5pm Sat and Sun.
Curated by the renown Howard Tanner, this collection of photographs captures the essence of contemporary landscape design across New South Wales. Featuring private gardens from Berry to Glen Innes, and Sydney public gardens and roof gardens, these inspiring images highlight current trends in landscape design, including cloud pruning, use of Australian plants and spectacular sculpture.
A companion Exhibition to Planting Dreams: Shaping Australian Gardens
Exhibition Galleries: Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri 9am-5pm; Thurs, 9am to 8pm; Sat and Sun 10am-5pm.
Enjoy 8 private gardens open over the weekend of 8 -9 October in Robertson in the scenic Southern Highlands of NSW, an easy 1:45 hour drive from Sydney. Gardens range from smaller town gardens to large country gardens and feature beautiful spring flowering trees, azaleas, perennials and bulbs, sculpture, vistas, as well as ponds and lakes in both formal and informal gardens. There are also large productive vegetable gardens. $5 single garden, $20 all gardens.
See a huge range of eclectic work by dozens of artists and artisans from around Australia. Art, sculpture, furniture, decorative work and jewellery in media such as ceramics, glass, art, paper, mosaic, metalwork, woven works, timber, LED, found and reused objects and more. All works are for sale. Lion Gate Lodge, (enter from Mrs Macquaries Road), Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NSW, 10am-4pm daily. Free entry.
Art in Eden Gardens – a unique exhibition of 29 artworks by both established and emerging artists, featuring sculpture, installations, interactive sound and light, photography, wearable art, political and social statements and magical realism. All are site specific within the many display gardens of the Eden Gardens complex. Come and see gardens through the eyes of an artist.
Free entry, open daily 9am to 5pm, catalogue $7 (supporting Youth of the Streets).
Eden Gardens: 307 Lane Cove Road Macquarie Park, Sydney
The Goulburn Rose Festival features thousands of named roses on display including the ‘City of Goulburn’ Rose. The rose is a flower that sits comfortably with Goulburn’s heritage buildings, broad streets, spacious parks and majestic trees. The theme for 2017 is ‘The Enchanted Garden‘. $5 entry, children under 16 free
Learn the art of container gardening (gardening in pots) with nursery owner and garden designer Daniel Rosenbaum, using a range of succulent plants and landscaping features, in a set of garden pots. Learn fundamental gardening techniques including; transplanting, plant propagation, re-potting, pruning and garden design principals. Learn how a collection of pot plants can expand to green an entire apartment balcony, attracting birds and providing an oasis for the nature spirt in you.
$225.00, concession $185.00. Cost covers all materials including containers, plants and growing mix. Cultivate NSW, Ryde College of TAFE, enter via Parks Street Ryde. On site parking.
Independent garden centres across Australia will be holding Garden Releaf Day 2017 on Sunday March 19. Amongst other things there will be loads of fun, COLOUR themed activities and focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives. Garden centres will be exploding with beautiful plants and informative displays.
Established in 2014 by Garden Centres Australia (GCA) Garden Releaf is an innovative program to help people understand the benefits that; spending time in a garden, being surrounded by living plants and enjoying healthy fresh produce can have on a person’s health and wellbeing. The program aims to provide the community with ideas and inspiration, information and events through its supporting Independent Garden Centres about how they can get involved with immersing themselves in plants and gardens; whether they are apartment dwellers, city block residents or on the land. The Garden Releaf program also focuses on raising money to support selected charities, such as beyondblue
Check out the program at your local independent nursery HERE
Visit 3 horticulture industry private NSW Central Coastal gardens; be inspired by designer gardens and buy interesting plants for your home garden – all on the one day!
“Sea-Changer” garden by garden designer Peter Nixon, 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach
“Paradox” garden by plantsman Ray Henderson, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley – sun bromeliad sales and advice
“Living Edge” garden & nursery David Fripp & Blake Jolley 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge – rare plant sales and advice
ENTRY: $5 at each of the 3 gardens, cash only, children free & no dogs
EXTRAS – hard to find designer plant sales at all 3 gardens for your garden or client’s
Come and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Cottage Garden Club!
Guest speakers: Garry Reid on South African bulbs; Sonja Cameron on plant and perennials’ Michael McCoy, presenter on Dream Gardens talking about ‘One Thing’ – a design idea to take home from some of the world’s greatest gardens.
The days starts with plant stalls and garden products for sale in and around the hall, with guest speakers at 10am, then a lunch break before the afternoon speaker.
Sausage sizzle and birthday cupcakes galore, and wear something floral to add to the day’s fun.
Don’t miss this exhibition of superb botanical art and illustration featuring work from Australia’s best and also international botanical artists. 2017’s Botanica theme draws its inspiration from the multiple ways we need, love and should appreciate plants – medicines, oxygen, poisons, fragrances, in celebrations and so much more.
Open 10am-4pm daily at the Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
The 3rd City is the future city, a postulation to be mapped, tested and debated. The 2017 International Festival of Landscape Architecture welcomes you into the 3rd City, to explore its dimensions and imagine its landscape potential. The 3rd City will take us beyond post-industrial urbanisation to ask what is necessary and what is possible for future cities, their people, their ecologies, their territories and spaces. Join us in Sydney for a two day journey through the 3rd City, where a mix of keynote speakers and short presentations will challenge us to engage with the diverse facets of the emergent 3rd City.
This year’s line-up showcases a lively and engaging range of speakers, with the Festival Creative Directorate committed to delivering a program that challenges us to engage with the diverse facets of the emergent 3rd City. Speakers include:
Dr Pierre Bélanger, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Prof Hillary Brown, City College of New York
Prof Jeff Hou, University of Washington
Mia Lehrer, MIA LEHRER + ASSOCIATES
Prof Nina-Marie Lister, PLANDFORM
Jan van der Grift, Bureau Plano
Adam Beck, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand
Dr Julian Bolleter, Australian Urban Design Research Centre
Prof Rob Roggema, University of Technology Sydney
Melissa Cate Christ, transverse studio
Roderick Simpson, Greater Sydney Commission
Prof James Weirick, UNSW Built Environment
Anne-Marie Pisani, Parks Victoria
Jon Hazelwood, HASSELL
Fiona Robbé, Architects of Arcadia
Tim O’Loan, AECOM
Dr Libby Gallagher, Gallagher Studio
Prof Margaret Somerville, University of Western Sydney
Aunty Jacinta Tobin, Darug Elder
Leanne Tobin, Darug Aboriginal artist and teacher
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October 2017
Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay, Sydney
Early bird tickets close on 30 June!
Save up to $200 by reserving your Conference pass before 30 June. Plus all conference passes now include a complimentary ticket to the Festival Party! > BOOK NOW
Final speakers, full Festival Conference program and an exciting schedule of Festival Fringe events to be announced shortly.
National Tree Day is when we celebrate our lifelong relationship with trees. Nature elevates the human spirit. It ignites passion, inspiration, creativity and purpose. And it’s the driving force behind why more than a quarter of a million people participate in National Tree Day each year.
There’s no better time to bare your heart and soil than National Tree Day. We want everyone to know the inspiration that nature can bring.
Find a National Tree Day event near you HERE
Enjoy 7 private gardens open over the weekend of 7-8 October in Robertson in the scenic Southern Highlands of NSW, an easy 1:45 hour drive from Sydney. 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.
Pollination is the new floral display at The Calyx opening on Friday, 15 September 2017 at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Curated by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney’s horticultural team, the display will feature a collection of plants and flowers that showcase the role colour plays in natures magnificent act of pollination – the colour of love!
Large topiary Blue-banded Bees will be a highlight, along with the expansive and impressive “green” wall featuring a pollination themed display of words, plants and flowers. Elements will be grouped together by colour to reflect pollinator attraction, with the types of flowers on display changing throughout the ten-month display period as seasons and availability change.
A new program of events will include tours (day and night), creative workshops, science and educational events, and family fun with ‘Butterflies up Close’, a butterfly enclosure on The Calyx Island, where children can enter and be surrounded by butterflies and find out what their role is in pollination.
Entry to Pollination is free, with gold coin donations going to the Foundation and Friends of the Garden to support the Garden’s scientific, conservation and education works. Click here for further details.
Over 40 Exhibitors offering plants for collectors as well as ornamental and food gardens plus quality garden products, refreshments and ATM facilities. Meet PLF 2017 Ambassador Costa Georgiadis of Gardening Australia TV and hear talks by plant experts. All at Kariong Mountains High School, Central Coast, NSW, an easy 1 hour drive from Sydney.
Visit the brand new Sydney Garden Show, on at the Rosehill Gardens Racecourse at Rosehill on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (15 to 17 September 2017). A host of well-known experts and personalities: Michael McCoy, Toni Salter, Costa Georgiadis, Phil Dudman, Judy Horton and Paul Plant will be speaking at the ‘Garden Inspiration Theatre’ and holding ‘Ask it, Solve it’ panel sessions to answer your questions.
There will be lots to see, and buy – plants, tools, equipment, and garden related products. With the weather forecast looking fine, kick-start your spring gardening activities with a day out at the show!
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; Ainslie Murray; Emma Mattson; Pamela Lee Brenner with Johannes Muljana; Leanne Thompson; Margarita Sampson and Veronica Richterova
Hidden Design Festival 2018 reveals the usually private gardens and outdoor spaces behind the gates, walls, passageways and hedges that showcase the talents of some of our leading landscape designers. Members of the public are invited to buy a ticket that gives them access to all of the gardens. Most of these gardens have never before been opened to the public and are unlikely to be open again.
Gardens will be open in various locations around Sydney.