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John Raynor’s 2 acre garden, Brookdale Farm at Emerald is a burst of tingles and surprises. Most of the garden plants are structured around form and texture, low maintenance and no irrigation. He has a scientific approach to design using the right plant in the right place. He advocates dividing and massing (for spectacular effect and to save money). His edible garden includes espaliered fruit trees and imaginative approaches to old ideas. This is a rare treat to learn about…Find out more »
Weeds, Plants and People traces the fascinating history of many common plants that we now treat as weeds. From the thistles and thorns that appear in the Bible, to the seeds eaten by Stone Age people, and the grasses and flowers brought to Australia by European settlers, the story of the relationship between people and weeds is a complex and intriguing one. Here it is told in a lively and engaging way for readers with or without botanical knowledge. Anybody…Find out more »
There’s so much information on the web about plants - how do we sort the useful from the less useful? And much of the information comes from the northern hemisphere, especially England and the USA, where climate and soils are very different from those in Australia. What is wrong with the statement does well in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil? What is wrong with the word hardy? Jill will discuss these controversial points while showing you the Burnley Plant Guide,…Find out more »