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  • Two new species of rare parasitic orchids have been discovered in the Yanbaru forests of Japan, providing some fascinating insights into the diversity of this hugely varied family.

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  • Immersion

    The Festival des Architectures Vives 2017 is set to wow visitors yet again, with this year’s theme of ‘Emotion‘ resulting in a number designs that excite and delight as well as challenge and innovate.

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  • Marrickville Public School in Sydney’s inner west has broken ground on their new garden, the winning entry in the My Park Rules competition.

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  • Tim Entwisle of Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Talking Plants and GardenDrum now has a fabulous text and images version of his popular ABC Radio ‘Blueprint for Living‘ segment on garden topics on the ABC News website.

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  • Five new gardens championing the benefits of immersing yourself in the sights, sounds, tastes, smells and textures of gardens have been announced for this year’s Chelsea Flower Show.

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  • CarexTours has announced a special 20% discount on its 2017 Chelsea Tour but be quick! The offer only lasts until April 20.

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  • ‘Sea-changer’ **

    Planty Fierce’: three NSW Central Coast gardens open Saturday 29 April 2017. See the gorgeous home gardens of landscape designer Peter Nixon; bromeliad specialist Ray Henderson and rare plantsmen and nursery owners David Fripp and Blake Jolley.

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  • The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ has been scientifically proven to be good for you, with some specific effects between essential oils and human physiology being highlighted for the first time.  

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  • CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW GIVE AWAY:
    In a move that’s set to excite green thumbs across Britain, a show garden at the 2017 Chelsea Flower Show will be gifted to one lucky community group.  

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  • Last year nature showed her sense of irony in the most spectacular fashion when Death Valley erupted into a show-stopping orgy of life, but this year it’s happening in Anza-Borrego State Park, not far from San Diego in southern California.

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snippets

  • All the Dirt is a great new podcast series from Western Australian media professionals Deryn Thorpe and Steve Wood.

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  • Keeping track of flowering times in your garden over the year has been made easy, thanks to Lisa Orgler, lecturer and horticulturist at Iowa State University.

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  • Photo by Lynn Betts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

    A new research paper published in the journal Weed Science has found that herbicide residues persist in spray packs even after thorough washing out, with implications for home gardeners’ cultural practices.

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  • It was with a sigh of relief that gardeners and nutritionists heard the news that the new First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, planned to keep the White House Vegetable Garden that was a roaring success under Michelle Obama’s tillage.

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  • The cherry blossom is in full swing in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond garden in Brooklyn Botanic Garden with a spectacular range of different cherries to enjoy.

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  • Josh Byrne, in conjunction with the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute and the Low Carbon Living CRC, recently launched a new online design series, Density by Design, delving headlong into how good design is changing the concept of the great Australian dream.

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  • Do plants think, feel and communicate?  Increasingly the experts are saying that yes, they do in their own special way.

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  • Hear Arno King, subtropical plant guru at this weekend’s Ipswich Garden and Plant Expo in Queensland, 11-12 March 2017.

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  • UK gardeners, your pests and disease knowledge is needed! The RHS is using an online survey to extend its knowledge of how garden pests and diseases affect gardeners throughout the UK.

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  • Online retailing giant Amazon is now selling live plants throughout the USA. Will that be A Good Thing for the world-wide beleaguered horticulture industry? And what does it mean for the types of plants that will be grown in the future, their growers, and the retail nursery industry?

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