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  • Very sad news that another of Australia’s premium gardening magazines,  subTropical Gardening  has been forced to close after 12 years of award-winning publication.

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  • The new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in Derbyshire, UK, from 7-11 June  2017, is looking very big with Wedgwood as offical headline partner and an exciting new FreeForm category of show garden.

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  • Vale Brazilian architect Haruyoshi Ono who has died aged 73. Haru worked extensively with Roberto Burle Marx and was also well-known for his use of mosaics.

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  • Solenostemon Campfire has been voted RHS favourite summer bedding plant by visitors to RHS Garden Wisley.

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  • Long pepper plant (Piper longum). Photo by Delince

    Scientists at Dallas UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered what’s in long pepper (Piper longum) that can fight cancers, and it’s called Piperlongumine or PL.

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  • Fairy circle in Namibia. Photo Thorsten Becker

    Namibia’s mysterious ‘Fairy Circles’ where small circular areas are completely devoid of vegetation might finally be explained by new research revealing a symbiotic relationship between termites and plants.

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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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  • Flowers fight les pipis sauvage – France, like many European countries has a big public urination problem. But the flower-filled streetside Uritrottoir composting toilet could be the answer!

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  • Fancy doing a horticulturally-oriented PhD? Hawkesbury Institute of the Environment (part of Western Sydney University) has a PhD scholarship on offer for 2017 under the new Green Cities Initiative: Urban Planting For A Sustainable Future initiative.

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  • Can giving flowers create INSTANT HAPPINESS? Watch this video – it will make you happy too!!

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  • What are the best herb and vegetable crops to grow in vertical gardens? According to US company Bright AgroTech, it’s those with a short growing period, preferably 6 weeks or less.

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  • Park in Bristol, UK. Photo Elliott Brown via Flickr

    A Poverty of Landscapes by Laura Solano on Land8 (an excellent blog about all things landscape architecture and design) examines the unequal access of society’s ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ to good quality, green urban spaces.

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  • Sweet Pea Princess Elizabeth

    In the southern hemisphere, St Patrick’s Day March 17 is the traditional day for sowing sweet pea seeds, and the available range just keeps expanding.

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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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