By James Wall. It was with admiration for the level of participation in the creation of  what was standing before me. There were five days until the Garden Show started and lots of people were involved in getting it ready. These included the lads from Avoca Landscape Construction who were halfway through the mock bridge …

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Student gardens at the 2015 Melbourne Flower Show

Green Haven - Andrew Genovese - Melbourne Polytechnic

By James Wall. Avenue Of Achievable Gardens. You can always find a little bit of inspiration in the student gardens and this year the standard was set very high. Never have I seen so much creation, new school thinking and good use of plants. One day some of these horticultural and design students will be …

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Hanging baskets at the 2015 Melbourne Flower Show

Once again the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) held their hanging basket competition at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden show. This event is not really about winning, it’s more about participation and creativity. Gardeners start with a basket which they pick up at their local nursery. Gardenworld alone had some 30 entrants. They each have …

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Gardenworld at 2015 Melbourne Flower Show

By James Wall We are proud to once again be involved in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show which starts today and goes until Sunday. Here are some of the things Gardenworld have been up to: Candeo Design – The Bronzed Brolga Brent Reid – Candeo Design. Brent runs his company out of the …

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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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