Arden Dearden

About Arden Dearden

Arden developed an interest in tropical plants in his late teens after finding a small nursery supplying aroids and other interesting and unusual plants on Latrobe Tce, Paddington Brisbane. That interest gradually grew and diversified. Information and species were limited so he felt the only way to learn more about the plants was to travel to the countries from which they come. So in 1992 he traveled to PNG. Since then he has traveled extensively in the tropical areas of the New and Old World with his partner Chris, exploring and searching for plants and observing the environments from which they originate. Arden owns Equatorial Exotics nursery in Cairns.

Joey palms – Johannesteijsmannia

This amazing genus of palms to my knowledge was first introduced into cultivation in Australia in the mid 1980s at the beginning of the palm craze that was to last 20 years. The publishing of Palms of Malaysia with its classic photo of Johannesteijsmannia magnifica and Johannesteijsmannia lanceolata side by side stoked the fires of desire amongst the palm enthusiasts for Joey palms (a shortening of the genus’s somewhat unpronounceable name.) Continue reading

Darwin Botanic Gardens in spring

Tropical Darwin Botanic Gardens sits close to the centre of this vibrant city in Northern Australia. The town itself has wonderful gardens established since the devastating Cyclone Tracey in 1974. The gardens are easily accessible and extend over many acres.

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Cairns Fathers Day Plant Show

The Cairns Fathers Day Plant Show is fast approaching, on Sunday the 1st of September 2013. Cairns has always had 3 plant shows. There has been a Mothers Day show, a Fathers Day show and a Show/Sale for Collectors held the first Sunday in December. The Cairns Fathers Day Plant Show started more than a decade ago and was initially run by the Friends of the Botanical Gardens. Continue reading