Bumper harvest from the summer that was.

Tomato San Marzano

By James Wall As summer concludes, there is an element of fondness for the good things in life that the season has brought before us. There are lots of memories. Spaghetti sauce with home grown tomatoes – not out of a can. Jars of chutney. A little bit of chilli added to the dish once …

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Velociraptor carves out a home at Gardenworld

By James Wall Brandon Kroon is not your average young man. Although he is an artist, his paint brush is a chainsaw. Although he creates beautiful sculptures from wood, it is not obtained without the noise and drama of a Stihl chainsaw. We have just loaded his latest carving on to the Gardenworld truck and …

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The heathlands of Anglesea

It was a nature walk in search of the Rufous Bristlebird, an inconspicuous bird, but with a loud melodic call. The path took me towards Point Addis, a landmark some eight kilometres east of Anglesea, a little town on Victoria’s west coast. The sign called it heathlands and raved about its masses of spring wildflowers …

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Touch of Class plants for 2015

By James Wall At this time of the year, some of our growers show some of the new plants that are in the system. One such company is Touch of Class plants, located about an hour out of Melbourne, in Tynong. They propagate plants and sell them to growers all over Australia. Nurseries like ourselves …

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A modern Highett garden.

By James Wall Was lucky enough to visit two gardens in the 2014 Garden Design Fest and this garden in a Melbourne suburb called Highett was one of them. It was designed by Stephen Read. I found it to be a very refreshing garden and it reinforced some old ideas and introduced some new. The …

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A coastal Mt Eliza garden.

By Milli Wall. Yesterday I visited a beautiful open garden in Mount Eliza called Earimil Gardens, a privately owned and independently displayed coastal garden rambling over 3 hectares located on a steep cliff block. Many mature trees protect the gardens exposed position and provide shade in a mostly sun drenched space. Admire sweeping views of …

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We Love Indoor Plants

By James Wall We love indoor plants, or any sort of plant that can in any way be grown inside a house, for both pleasure, and to clean air.  One of our more creative staff members, Greg, has just planted out 10 classic indoor plants in 10 classic pots. 

Growing Successful Tomato Plants

By James Wall Growing tomatoes is a bit of a phenomenon in spring and summer. Growers are busy staking, tying, feeding, watering and pruning their plants.  Staking is best done early on so as not to damage established root systems. Plastic or wire cages can be bought, or you can use trusty old wooden tomato stakes …

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Pansy flowers perfect as a garnish.

If the food in The Gardenworld Cafe was not already delicious by itself, today it was beautifully garnished by our chefs. They have used freshly picked pansies – plants from the viola family. Pansy flowers are actually edible and are sometimes seen in salads,along with other edible flowers such as nasturtiums and calendula. This time …

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Nasturtium the urban rambler.

By James Wall Yes the nasturtium is a bit of a rambler, or a roamer. I like to think of it as a plant  that likes a bit of a wander. It is a fast growing annual plant that comes from Peru and Ecuador in South America. It has large round leaves and red to orange …

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