Persimmon – an attractive tree to grow.

By Dennis Ting. Why are persimmon trees so attractive? For a start they have glossy green leaves in summer followed by colourful fruit and then beautiful autumn foliage colours of yellows reds and purple hues. They are fairly low maintenance in terms of pests and diseases. Furthermore they can fruit early in three years or …

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Kitagawa Village “Monet’s Garden” Japan.

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs. I have been very fortunate over the years to explore many gardens throughout Japan. This was my seventh time to Japan and you would think after this many visits that I would have seen it all. But the wonderful thing about the gardens, parks and landscapes in Japan is that they are …

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I found my thrills on Blueberry Hill.

By James Wall. Yes, it was back up the hills on our annual sojourn, to pick up some blueberry plants. This year we are picking up only 101 advanced Brigitta’s in 30cm pots. They would fill the bottom of the truck and some of them are about waist height, so stacking them on trolleys was …

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Sydney, true urban jungle.

By James Wall. Being a Melbourne boy, I am always besotted with the climate in Sydney. Sure, it might be a bit muggy in summer; but in Winter, it’s a veritable greenhouse for growing plants. Yes, while Melbourne is shivering at 14C for a usual daily max, Sydney regularly cracks 20C in July. Because of …

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Top 10 “Must Have” Camellia varieties.


By Kevin Mankey with James Wall. Ok, after much debate, here are our top 10 favourite camellias. Actually we couldn’t decide out of 12 ! This wonderful range of plants only get better with age. They are easy to grow, low allergenic and simply rewarding plants. Camellia’s also provide that splash of colour during the …

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Phillip Withers creates The 2017 ‘Best In Show’

By James Wall. A story about a gold medal Show Garden that Gardenworld sourced many of the plants for. On a cold Wednesday morning we were queuing outside the historical Exhibition Buildings when I bumped into a rather forlorn looking Phillip Withers. Like most designers doing a show garden, the last few nights had been …

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Autumn Rose Spectacular in full bloom.

Story & Photography by: Bonnie-Marie Hibbs. If you happened to stop by Gardenworld over the weekend you may have noticed the abundance of bright coloured blooms that the Rose Society of Victoria had on display. Displayed were some of the society’s best performing roses for flower form, colour and fragrance. The brightly coloured blooms were …

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“Wild At Heart” wins 1st prize in Boutique Garden Competition

Emmaline Bowman is one of the new generation of Landscape Designers. A woman brought up in the Gippsland countryside, Emmaline practices what she preaches. Her belief in using native plants was seen first hand in this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden  Show where she won first prize in the Boutique Garden Competition. Now her …

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Behind the scenes at the 2017 Flower Show

Phillip Withers - I See Wild 2017

We just thought we would have a peek over the fence at this years Melbourne Flower Show. Gardenworld has been proud to supply plants to Phillip Withers show garden show and a boutique garden by Emmaline Bowman. And of course our good friends Brent Reid from Candeo Design and Semken Landscaping are also there. We …

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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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