Australian Garden Show – Sydney 2014

It’s been a busy month or so leading up to the Australian Garden Show Sydney (AGSS), with 3 designers located in the Landscape Design Studio at Gardenworld making the journey to Sydney to complete 3 individual gardens for the Australian Garden Show Sydney. Brent Reid and Kim Earl from Candeo Design and Phillip Withers of …

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Happy Wanderer – Hardenbergia violacea

By Bonnie-Marie Hibbs Looking fantastic at the moment is an Australian native plant called Hardenbergia violacea, or commonly known as the ‘Happy Wanderer’ vine. It is one of my favourite climbers, mainly due to the impressive flower chains it produces at this time of year. With winter being cold and a little gloomy it is …

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New cutting tools from Dramm.

By James Wall We have just received our first shipment of value priced cutting tools from Dramm. I have always admired the Dramm watering wands for their quality and usefulness when watering plants, so I was excited to give these new cutters a go. Dramm strives to produce products that save time and energy while providing …

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Worldwide shortage of kale seed.


Just read a story on the ABC website about kale. It has been so popular, that the seed suppliers are running out of seed. Since kale was declared a ‘superfood’, its sales have been phenomenal. Read the story on the ABC website here.  

Just a nice little garden.

By James Wall My sister and her family have just sold their house, and I have always liked what they have done with their front garden. Of course they had a little bit of help with landscape design from Carolyn and Joby Blackman of Vivid Design, the people that also did the gold winning Gardener’s …

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Growing Dwarf Citrus in Pots Part Two

By Dennis Ting If you missed part one, CLICK HERE In the Part 1 of Growing Dwarf Potted Citrus I outlined how to select a tree, a pot, potting mix and plant up your young tree. I have spent the last 12 months observing my own trees and they have had to cope with extreme conditions …

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Growing Tropical and Sub-Tropical Fruit in Melbourne

Growing Tropical and Sub-Tropical Fruit in Melbourne reported by Dennis Ting In the Garden Centre we sometimes get in some of the more tropical and exotic fruiting plants like mangoes, custard apples, tropical guavas, avocadoes and coffee. Many customers ask me if it is possible to grow these in suburban Melbourne and have any chance …

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Blueberry Burst – extra large fruit.

Blueberry Burst has been bred in Australia. It has large fruit size and is high yielding. It is early in season to flower and early to fruit. What we really like about it is that it is an evergreen, so won’t drop it’s leaves. It is said that the fruit can be as large as a one …

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Watercress – king of the superfoods ?

Nasturtium officinale is the botanical name for watercress. Watercress is one of the oldest known leafy greens eaten by humans. It is a perennial plant native to Europe and Asia. It is semi aquatic and often grown in hydroponic systems. Others recommend growing it in ponds, with fresh water constantly flowing through. I find it …

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Gardening with soul – the movie

Love, faith…and compost. This movie started today at the Classic Cinemas in Elsternwick. It is sure to be a gardeners favourite and an inspiration to anyone under the age of 90. If Sister Loyola can do all this in chilly New Zealand, there is no excuse for us younger Melbourne winter gardeners. This lively, beautifully …

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