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  • Best Landscape Architecture GH3 June Callwood Park Toronto Canada June Callwood Park wins A-Z Award
    by GardenDrum

    Best Landscape Architecture GH3 June Callwood Park Toronto Canada

    I believe in kindness‘ – how a ‘soundprint’ of these words inspired the June Callwood Park designed by gh3 in Toronto and won A-Z magazine’s award for Best Landscape Architecture.

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  • Open Gardens Australia Garden for National Arboretum, Canberra. Design Neil Hobbs The end of Open Gardens Australia
    by Catherine Stewart

    Open Gardens Australia Garden for National Arboretum, Canberra. Design Neil Hobbs

    20,000 open gardens, 10,000 volunteers and over $6 million raised for charity, plus more for community garden grants, over a wonderful 27 years. From these Open Gardens Australia ‘big things’, a little thing will grow, with the National Arboretum in Canberra hosting a new commemorative garden as OGA closes.

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  • France bans ‘self-service’ sale of glyphosate herbicides
    by GardenDrum

    France has banned ‘self-service’ sales of glyphosate-based herbicides (including Roundup), based on a UN agency’s recommendation that it could be carcinogenic, and Germany’s big ‘Baumarket DIY’ chain will remove all glyphosate products from its shelves by end September 2015.

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  • Sprinklers water lawns in arid zone gardens California drought prompts tough new landscaping rules
    by GardenDrum

    Sprinklers water lawns in arid zone gardens

    Thirsty green lawns will be a thing of the past under drought-stricken California’s new draft landscaping laws. The Department of Water Resources wants to cut residential water use by 30% as about half of the state’s urban water use is on residential landscapes.

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  • Oak tree in Orissaare Estonia European Tree of the Year
    by GardenDrum

    Oak tree in Orissaare Estonia

    A Czech initiative has grown into the European Tree of the Year contest, with individual trees entered for their unique contribution to European cultural heritage. The 2015 European Tree of the Year is a magnificent oak in the middle a football field in Orissaare, Estonia.

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  • Ravenala madagascariensis seeds Photo Jeffdelonge Plant hunters negotiate Nagoya Protocol
    by GardenDrum
    Ravenala madagascariensis seeds Photo Jeffdelonge

    Ravenala madagascariensis seeds Photo Jeffdelonge

    Plant hunting for new treasures from around the world is an old tradition but new requirements under the international Convention on Biological Diversity’s Nagoya Protocol mean that plant hunters who breed new cultivars from those plants will need to share future profits with the country of origin.

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  • Compost bins in a community garden Community gardens not so communal
    by GardenDrum

    Compost bins in a community garden

    New research on community gardens by Esther Veen in The Netherlands has found that while we’ve assumed that community gardens will increase social cohesion, they don’t in fact lead to better relationships between local residents.

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  • Million Pollinator Garden Challenge USA Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
    by GardenDrum

    Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

    USA – The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge aims to turn around the alarming decline of essential pollinators like honey bees by supporting President Obama’s call to “promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators”. The Challenge hopes to sign up 1 million American gardens.

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  • OGA Horizontal Logo_High Res_Dark Open Gardens Australia closes June 2015
    by GardenDrum

    OGA Horizontal Logo_High Res_Dark

    Open Gardens Australia has finished its final season of gardening openings, leading to its closure at the end of June 2015. Big crowds at many gardens over the past few months showed that there are still many people keen to visit open gardens.

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  • Grow Wise Bee Smart logo GROW WISE BEE SMART
    by GardenDrum

    Grow Wise Bee Smart logo

    GROW WISE BEE SMART, is a new AmericanHort website devoted to bee knowledge and health, and how to ‘bee part of the solution‘ to turn around declining bee populations. Interestingly, it defends the use of neonicotinoid pesticides.

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  • Nemo's Garden, Italy Can you grow plants underwater?
    by GardenDrum

    Nemo's Garden, Italy

    Where can you find stable temperatures, light and humidity, and create a high CO2 environment that’s perfect for growing plants? UNDERWATER? Yes, Nemo’s Garden in Noli, Italy, is already doing it.

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  • Julia Roberts Photo IFOAM Julia Roberts becomes a celebrity ‘soilebrity’
    by GardenDrum

    Julia Roberts Photo IFOAM

    By the time you’ve read this, 9,378 m² of fertile soil has been destroyed. Actress Julia Roberts has lent her celebrity status to help promote the UN-backed ‘Save Our Soils’, a campaign against farmland degradation.

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  • Natural swimming pool filtered by vertical garden Design Urbanarbolismo5 Vertical garden swimming pool filtration system
    by GardenDrum

    Natural swimming pool filtered by vertical garden Design Urbanarbolismo5

    Urbanarbolismo has a new cutting edge project – how to have a natural swimming pool water using a VERTICAL garden to filter and purify the water. 

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  • weeds-319185_640 Weed=bad? Native=Good? Or not always?
    by GardenDrum

    weeds-319185_640

    Weed = BAD. Native plant = GOOD! Or is that definition way too simplistic in the 21st century? Should we leave some weeds in natural landscapes well alone?

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  • Bishops Palace Garden Festival New garden show at the Bishop’s Palace in Wells, Somerset
    by GardenDrum

    Bishops Palace Garden Festival

    This coming weekend 20-24 June 2015 is the inaugural Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival in Wells, Somerset. Unusually not run by the RHS, the festival will feature Alan Titchmarsh, Bob Flowerdew, Christine Walkden and Stephen Lacey, plus workshops, talks, rare plants and gardening products throughout the Palace’s 14 acre garden.

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  • QGE 2015 Queensland Garden Expo July 2015
    by GardenDrum

    QGE 2015

    The Queensland Garden Expo in Nambour is on 10-12 July. With over 100 talks, demonstrations and workshops from Australia’s top subtropical gardening experts plus 360 exhibitors, it’s an ideal show for gardeners from central Queensland through coastal NSW to Sydney.

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  • Lisa Orgler knitting garden Themed garden design – Lisa Orgler
    by Catherine Stewart

    Lisa Orgler knitting garden

    Have you ever seen a knitting garden? Garden designer Lisa Orgler has one of the best graphic styles you’ll see. Her ability to make garden elements jump off a drawn plan in seeming 3D is amazing, and all without a whiff of CAD software. Her latest venture is themed garden design, including this extraordinary knitting garden.

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  • Royal FLORIA Putrajaya 2015
    by GardenDrum

    Royal FLORIA Putrajaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is in full swing until June 7, with display gardens, flower exhibits, and orchids galore.

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