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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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  • Made WijayaMade Wijaya, whose name is synonymous with Balinese and tropical garden design, died suddenly on 29 August during a visit to Sydney.

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  • Your Garden coverSuch sad news – Your Garden magazine, one of Australia’s best and longest-running garden magazines will disappear after the current Spring 2016 issue.

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snippets

  • 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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  • Botanic and rare Plants Fair MelbourneBotanic and Rare Plant Fair at the Melbourne Botanic Garden is on this weekend 22-23 October 2016, with masses of fabulous plants to buy, panel discussions, behind-the-scenes tours and more.

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  • 'The Cloud' by SHJ Works

    ‘The Cloud’ by SHJ Works

    THE CLOUD‘ a beautiful new installation by SHJ Works with an asymmetrical, organic shape and pale beauty when lit internally at night, has floated into a social housing estate in Copenhagen.

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  • Chalara dieback on ash tree Photo Jonas Barandun

    Chalara dieback on ash tree Photo Jonas Barandun

    Chalara dieback, an incurable killer of ash trees continues its quick march across the UK. Only first detected in 2012, there are now infected trees right across England and Wales and also into northern Scotland. 

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  • Worst front landscaping ever?I suppose there will be some who’ll say they’ve seen far worse. But this new front ‘garden‘ (to use the term very loosely) really is the pits.

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  • Aleppo's Last GardenerIn Aleppo, Syria, bombed almost daily by various armies, a man and his young son grew plants and flowers against impossible odds. But it couldn’t last.

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