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  • The Australian nursery industry has lost one of its most knowledgeable and passionate plantsman with the death of Marcus Harvey of Hill View Rare Plants in Tasmania on 1 December 2016.

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  • Joseph Hooker, 19th century botanical emperor, tireless traveller and ‘King of Kew’ is the subject of a new exhibition at Kew Gardens from March to September 2017, featuring botanical illustration, specimens, art and Hooker’s own personal possessions.

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  • South Africa is facing its worst drought since 1904, with many rivers running dry, water shortages spreading and temperatures already reaching into the low 40 degrees C. And there’s no end in sight.

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  • View over the Mekong River from Pha Tad Ke, Laos. Photo Peter Morrell

    View over the Mekong River from Pha Tad Ke, Laos. Photo Peter Morrell

    Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, the world’s newest botanical garden, has opened in Luang Prabang in Laos. With its wonderful jungle and Mekong River setting, nearby mountain and beautiful tropical plant displays, a visit to Pha Tad Ke should be on everyone’s south-east Asian itinerary.

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  • Landscape of the Year - Formation Landscapes

    Landscape of the Year – Formation Landscapes

    Formation Landscapes emerged as the big winner from last Saturday’s Landscaping Victoria 2016 Awards, taking home five awards including Landscape of the Year.

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  • Melania and BillBill Clinton and Melania Trump have presumably shown their hands as non-gardeners – all clean fingernails and no secateur calluses – as US seed giant Burpee has announced a US$2.5 million gift to keep the famous White House Kitchen Garden going after the Obamas leave.

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  • AUSTRALIS‘, an international horticultural expo in 2020 on Queensland’s Gold Coast has won provisional approval from AIPH, the international body governing international horticultural exhibitions.

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  • HMP Wymott Memorial Garden

    HMP Wymott Memorial Garden

    HMP Wymott, a Category C prison near Leyland, Lancashire UK, has won the coveted RHS Windlesham Trophy for Best Prison Garden from 5 high-quality finalists.

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  • Bill Mollison. Photo Nicolás Boullosa

    Bill Mollison. Photo Nicolás Boullosa

    Bill Mollison, know around the world as the ‘Father of Permaculture’ has died, aged 88.

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  • hundreds-of-was-famous-red-wreath-flowers-line-the-road-near-mullewaIf you want to see red wreath wildflowers in Western Australia, then you’d better go right now! Garden tour guide Helen Young reports that 2016 is shaping up as the best display many can remember.

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  • Dream Gardens, a new 8 part Australian series on ABCTV hosted by landscape designer Michael McCoy premiers on February 9, 2017.

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  • CAN GARDENING SAVE THE WORLD? Yes, indeed it can, as Sophie Thomson explains in this inspiring and invigorating TEDx talk.

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  • Dinner Time DOOM! The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah in NSW is celebrating all things carnivorous in January with great holiday fun for kids 7-12 years.

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  • OGA spade by Geoff Farquhar Still

    The much-loved, now missed but not forgotten organisation Open Gardens Australia (which folded in 2015) is being remembered in a new garden, the OGA Celebration Garden on the Events Terrace at the National Arboretum in Canberra. It’s been a long time coming but the new garden is finally taking shape.

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  • If you enjoy talking to people and learning about nature, now is your chance to become a volunteer guide at Canberra’s National Arboretum.

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  • AROZONA succulent nailsHow do you have succulent nails? Roz Borg of AROZONA demonstrates one of the most innovative and fun plant uses I’ve seen. Watch the full ‘how to’ video…>

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  • Growing vegetables at homeIs urban food security possible if we all grow our own food at home? No, it’s definitely not.

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  • Europe's largest retail garden centreWhere is the largest retail garden centre in Europe? You might guess northern Italy, or southern France or The Netherlands but the surprising answer is, it’s Imperial Garden, 23km from Moscow.

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  • Native Orchids of Southern Sydney by Margaret BradhurstNative Orchids of Southern Sydney‘ is a wonderful new book from Sydney native orchid expert Margaret Bradhurst.

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  • Aussie Bird Count logoCalling all BIRD NERDS – go out for the count! The Great Aussie Bird Count is on again, so listen, look and go online to add your tally.

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