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
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.
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