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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Best second year apprentice award goes to Heidi Brooks

Proprietor James Wall, Heidi Brooks and General Manager Jason Hilborn at the awards night.

Recently,  Swinburne University of Technology held their Apprenticeship Awards Ceremony. Our own Heidi Brooks was nominated for Best 2nd Year Apprentice of the Year 2015 Nursery Award. ……..And we are pleased to announce she won ! Heidi has shown consistent aptitude and a willingness to learn. She has had big shoes to fill with 2 previous …

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Paul Bangay’s Stonefields

By Tim White. Having booked tickets to see Paul Bangay’s “Stonefields” garden in support of Stephanie Alexander’s Kitchen Garden Foundation (a not-for-profit charity that delivers food education to Australian children) a couple of months ago, we were looking forward to seeing this magnificent garden and hoping the weather would be kind to us. Fortunately we …

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The coolest cubby house in the street.

By James Wall. What do you get when some of Australia’s finest architects and construction companies get together and build cubby houses. You get the coolest cubby houses in the street. If you’re obsessed with keeping up with the Jones’, you can out-do them buy getting one of these. But history says they won’t come …

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