The Singapore Garden Festival is in full swing and there are some amazing gardens to see. This biennial festival is big, with about 300,000 visitors (roughly twice that of the Chelsea Flower Show) showing the huge popularity of gardening in tropical Asia, even in places where most people can only dream of having their own garden. Continue reading
New research shows that plants and their parasites communicate by sharing an extraordinary amount of genetic material, which could lead to a new way to fight parasitic weeds. Continue reading
AILDM, the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers, has announced its annual awards for residential and commercial landscape design, plantscape and landscape management. AILDM always puts together a great awards night with impressive projects on display, inspiring discussion, and plenty of laughter. Continue reading
Have you young kids you’d like to teach about gardening? Here’s a tip – DON’T entertain them with this catchy little game from Dora the Explorer where a seed + water + something called ‘magic grow dust‘ (sounds like something you bought by the gram in the 1970s) makes them sprout instantly into a fully grown (and harvestable) plant. Is this the gardening message we want to pass on? Continue reading
Brendan Moar has been a poster boy of Australian landscape design since his TV series ‘Dry Spell Gardening‘. But he’s a lot more than that - this poster has serious talent. Continue reading
I love this stuff. I love the way it challenges what you think a garden should be and also from what it should be made. Plastic tape, red safety cones, charred poles, or thousands of orange flowers assaulting the eyeballs – any of these can make a garden, and often a surprisingly inviting or even beautiful one.
At last week’s Hampton Court Palace Flower Show in the UK, another Australian-designed garden triumphed with Gold and a ‘Best in Show’. Continue reading
A new study in the journal Nature connects neonicotinoids (and imidacloprid in particular) to a serious decline in insectivorous bird numbers in The Netherlands. Continue reading