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  • OGA felled tree

    Australia’s much-loved open gardens not-for-profit, Open Gardens Australia is to close down in 2015 after operating for 27 years. OGA’s Board decision has shocked some, while leaving others nodding their heads sadly, but wisely.… read more

  • Vancouver community gardens that have flourished along a disused rail corridor for more than 10 years have been destroyed by CP Rail, despite the City of Vancouver opposing the clearing and the fight going all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.… read more

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    Could gardening talkback radio be racist? A British academic says yes, indeed it can.… read more

  • Photo Infrogmation of New Orleans

    Photo Infrogmation of New Orleans

    The porch, that covered area between a house and the street or garden, is making a big comeback in American house design.… read more

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    Following the huge (and sell-out) success of ‘hidden‘ Sydney’s first Festival of Outdoor Design which opened 21 designer gardens, courtyards and outdoor spaces to ticket holders for just one weekend, AILDM and Open Gardens Australia have announced that a 2nd ‘hidden’ will be held in early 2015.… read more

  • drought

    California : “We are facing the worst drought impact that we or our grandparents have ever seen and, more important, we have no idea when it will end.… read more

  • Barn swallow. Photo Malene Thyssen

    Barn swallow. Photo Malene Thyssen

    A new study in the journal Nature connects neonicotinoids (and imidacloprid in particular) to a serious decline in insectivorous bird numbers in The Netherlands.… read more

  • Lucinda FlemerLucinda Flemer, founder of the extraordinary Kingsbrae Garden in New Brunswick, has been awarded one of Canada’s top honours, Member of the Order of Canada. Ms Flemer made a garden that everyone said was impossible…..except her.… read more

  • Essence of Australia garden

    News from Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – the ‘Essence of Australia‘ garden designed by Jim Fogarty for RBG Melbourne has been awarded GOLD and BEST IN SHOW.… read more

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  • English spinach

    Renewable energy from spinach photosynthesis. Now that sounds like a good deal. But how will it work?… read more

  • Ken Unsworth: Harlequin's Shuttle

    Ken Unsworth: Harlequin’s Shuttle

    Worldwide call to artists and sculptors! Scenic World in the NSW Blue Mountains, is looking for international works for its April-May 2015 season, with submissions by 20 October 2014. Works are exhibited in a unique, Jurassic-like rainforest environment on the valley floor.… read more

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    Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

    New research shows that plants and their parasites communicate by sharing an extraordinary amount of genetic material, which could lead to a new way to fight parasitic weeds.… read more

  • bushfire fighters

    After devastating wildfires in Victoria, Australia in 2009, a state-wide target of hazard reduction burning 5% of bushland each year was introduced. But a new study shows that in semi-arid zones, this once-every-20-year burn cycle will have serious consequences for many animals and birds.… read more

  • Magic Grow Dust

    Have you young kids you’d like to teach about gardening? Here’s a tip – DON’T entertain them with this catchy little game from Dora the Explorer where a seed + water + something called ‘magic grow dust‘ (sounds like something you bought by the gram in the 1970s) makes them sprout instantly into a fully grown (and harvestable) plant. Is this the gardening message we want to pass on?… read more

  • Castel Gandolfo from Albano Laziale

    Castel Gandolfo, the Pope’s summer home near Rome is now open to the public by guided tour as Pope Francis has chosen for a second summer not to go there. So what’s it like?… read more

  • OGA Guidebook 2014-15 season

    Plan ahead! The new Open Gardens Australia Guide for the 2014-15 season is now available either through mail order from OGA ($19 incl postage) or at your local newsagent or bookshop. There 100s of gardens to visit, including many new for this year.

  • Who leaves $100 million to a garden library?… read more

  • quantomais ExpoGate Photo Francesco Gusella

    quantomais Photo Francesco Gusella

    A cornfield has sprung up in the heart of Milan, opposite the Sforza Castle. Why?… read more

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