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  • GardenDrum Adam Woodhams aphids on sow thistle

    New research at the University of Missouri has found that plants’ know’ what’s attacking them and vary their defences accordingly.… read more

  • The Food Forest MIFGS 2015

    GardenDrum author Phillip Withers has won a Silver Award and the highly-prized Honda Sustainability Award at the 2015 Melbourne garden show (MIFGS) for his ‘Food Forest’.… read more

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    Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is the 2015 International Garden of the Year, awarded by the International Garden Tourism Network.… read more

  • Scotland’s allotment holders say the future of allotments is under threat from new government legislation designed to cut waiting times.… read more

  • Orchids of South Africa - a field guide

    A new book on South African orchids describes over 450 species including those from Lesotho and Swaziland. Orchids of South Africa – a field guide‘ is the first publication of its kind in over 30 years.… read more

  • Armillaria mellea - Stu's Images

    Armillaria mellea – Stu’s Images

    The RHS in the UK has identified 2014’s Top 10 Diseases of concern to gardeners – led by honey fungus and box blight, but there are some worrying new diseases being found too.… read more

  • Titan Arum ready to flower in Melbourne

    HUGE Titan Arum ready to flower in Melbourne. Photo Tim Entwisle

    Melbourne RBG’s Titan Arum collection continues to deliver the goods with another 2.36m tall stinky ‘corpse flower’ assault due to unfurl over the next couple of days.… read more

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    Exciting garden projects and community garden events are lined up for the fabulous Chelsea Fringe 2015 – the alternative garden festival. From new e-books to Sussex beehives and a floral extravaganza in Henley on Thames, there’s dozens of exciting places to visit and things to do 16 May – 17 June.… read more

  • Wes Fleming OAM

    Well-known Australian nurseryman and horticulturist Wes Fleming has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to the horticulture industry and landscape architecture.… read more

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  • PikiWiki_Israel_29317_Methuselah_date_palm_from_Massada_ruines_in_kibbu

    ‘Methuselah’, the Judean date palm germinated 10 years ago from 2000 year old seed, has proven that age is no barrier to fatherhood, with his pollen producing a healthy cross-species date palm. … read more

  • NGS The Yellow Book 2015

    The UK’s National Garden Scheme as released its famed ‘Yellow Book‘ for 2015, filled with wonderful gardens to visit over the coming season.… read more

  • Photo Clive Nichols

    Photo Clive Nichols

    MyGardenSchool has new photography masterclasses starting on April 4 and also May 2, 2015. Join expert photographer Clive Nichols for four weeks of plant and flower photography tutorials so you can learn how to take photographs like a pro!… read more

  • Stop the Chop - Before and After tree clearing

    The devastation of Sydney’s tree canopy lumbers on with hundreds of trees being felled every month because of flawed State laws. The tree clearing is supposed to mitigate bushfire risk but is usually more about not wanting leaf litter mess, misplaced fear, and creating views. The property above removed 10 trees and adjoining properties removed a further 15 trees.… read more

  • Photo PollyDot

    Photo PollyDot

    Bees are off to boot camp at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where they undergo beehaviour training in strawberry pollination.… read more

  • Iris ‘Prince Eugène’ - Cayeux Iris

    Iris ‘Prince Eugène’ – Cayeux Iris

    The Chelsea Flower Show 2015 has announced the new plant releases that will be at the show: stunning new iris; a swag of roses; a bright white lavender; pretty primula; speckled Streptocarpus; luscious clematis; and a deep purple lupin.… read more

  • Beautiful Barleria micans

    Beautiful Barleria micans

    Landscape designers – are you tired of specifying the same-old same-old plants? And maybe not having them thrive in Sydney’s humid, ‘cool’ subtropical climate? Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney’s Growing Friends has a plant sale event aimed at trade customers with an exciting range of plants you probably don’t yet know. Wednesday 11 March, 2.30-4pm.… read more

  • Dead greenwall Perth

    Vertical gardens are usually wonderful when first installed but many of them come a cropper after a year or so – or even a few months, like this one in Perth city.… read more

  • Lightemotion in Quebec. Photo Patrick mevel photographe Via v2com

    Quebec’s snowy winter is being enlivened by colourful lampshades running down Cartier Avenue.… read more

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