A unique garden in Camberwell.

By James Wall. This morning we were thrilled to visit an open garden in Camberwell, an inner suburb of Melbourne. I think the houses are Edwardian in the area and most of them seem beautifully restored. This house’s owner, Natalie had also created a beautiful garden. The design was inspired by English garden designer Dan …

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Friday night at the Garden Club

By James Wall. You don’t often get to talk on a Friday night at a garden club. But tonight was the Waverley Garden Club’s monthly meeting. With over 100 keen members, I was looking forward to the visit. Upon entering the competition area, there were only the judges and stewards to be seen. No-one else …

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Tiny Titan – the plant that was huge.

“TINY” – THE TITAN ARUM BOTANICAL NAME - Amorphophallus titanum. It was a week or so before christmas that the plant appeared at Gardenworld. It turned out that a staff member from Collector’s corner, Marco, had bought the tuber quite a few years ago and then sold it to his boss Jeno who had grown it …

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Champion plants of the Carniverous form.

Last weekend Collector’s Corner @ Gardenworld held the annual show for the Victorian Carniverous Plants Society.Apologies for at this stage not naming the growers of these two champion plants. The Grand Champion was Heliamphora folliculata (murosipan) pictured above. Heliamphora folliculata is a species of Marsh Pitcher Plant endemic to the Aparaman group of tepuis in …

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A landscaper’s garden.

By James Wall. After doing a couple of deliveries this morning, I realised that I was right near one of the gardens in this years Garden Designfest – a bi-annual event held by the Rotary Club to raise money for charity. The idea of the event is for Landscape Designers to showcase particular gardens that …

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How to make a Succulent Tin Container

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs. Our garden sheds and garages are a classic hiding spot for all those old items that we forget we even have. There have been countless of times I have gone through and cleaned out my shed and thrown away items that could have been repurposed in the garden. I look back on …

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The great bougainvillea wall of Brisbane

By James Wall. Upon a recent trip to Brisbane, we found this amazing wall with espaliered bougainvillea growing along wires. The differing angles of the steel, and the fact that the wall was curved, created a sensual, groovy, and artistic display of vertical gardening. It was located on the Southbank, a place on the river …

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Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs. Family: LAMIACEAE Scientific name: Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’ Common Name: Limelight. Salvia mexicana ‘Limelight’ is a current favourite in my garden. It is an evergreen perennial (a plant that will live more than two years) that will reach a maximum height of 1.5 meters and have a spread of 1.2 meters. If you are a collector of Salvias or just …

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A Melbourne Nursery in June

The days are at their shortest and finally there is winter chill in the air. Not much gardening gets done after work at the moment. It just gets dark too quickly. The weekend is now the time to get out amongst the plants. Up early and go for a morning walk because that’s when you …

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A Garden Club in May

By James Wall. Last night I was privileged to visit the Springvale Garden Club’s monthly meeting.  If you don’t think much is going on in the garden in May, then have a look at the plethora of entries that the judge had to sift through last night. Not only was the number of categories impressive, …

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