Catherine Stewart

About Catherine Stewart

Award-winning garden journalist, blogger and photographer; writer for garden magazines and co-author of ‘Waterwise Gardening’; landscape designer turned landscape design judge; selector for Open Gardens Australia; compulsive networker and lover of generally putting fingers in lots of pies. Particularly mud pies. Creator, curator and editor of GardenDrum. Sydney, NSW.

Helen Young and Catherine Stewart talk all about organic matter OMG! Organic Matter Guidance

Helen Young and I talked all about organic matter at the recent Australian Garden Show Sydney. For those who didn’t get to see/hear us, (and those who were too enthralled to take notes) here’s a text version of our talk. It’s a long blog post (we talked for about 30 minutes) but that’s what it takes for even an introduction to this essential gardening topic as we cover the why, what, which, when, how, of organic matter in the garden, and some important cautions about using too much or when you shouldn’t use it at all. Continue reading

AGSS 2014 Best in Show Inspiration Gardens: Sydney show 2014

The eight Inspiration Gardens at the recent Australian Garden Show Sydney showcased lots of ideas for small to medium sized gardens, both in the way they used space and levels but also in materials, colours, textures and planting combinations. I liked them all in different ways. Some were spacious and serene, others energetic and colourful and the others settled in somewhere between. Continue reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Review: 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney

The 2014 Australian Garden Show Sydney (AGSS) was a good show. Perhaps I’m partisan as I judged, gave talks, and several GardenDrum authors built display gardens. But putting that aside, I think it was a good show with lots of sound fundamentals, although it’s still got things it should change, or fix, to move to the next level. Continue reading

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Singapore Garden Festival Gold winners

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

AILDM-Awards-2014-Winner-Category-3-Residential-over150000-Secret-Gardens Australian landscape design awards 2014

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

Dora teaches your kids rubbish – about gardening

Magic Grow Dust

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