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.

pestsdiseases-and-ailments-of-australian-plants Review: Pests & Diseases of Australian Plants

Pests, Diseases, Ailments and Allies of Australian Plants‘ by David Jones, Rodger Elliot and Sandra Jones is a must-have book for anyone gardening in Australia, whether you grow Australian plants or exotics. Within the first 14 pages, I had sticky-noted six really significant bits of information that I hadn’t known before which will help me grow any plant in my garden more successfully. Considering that I’ve been studying horticulture in one way of another for 23 years, that’s really something. Continue reading

The end of Open Gardens Australia

Open Gardens Australia Garden for National Arboretum, Canberra. Design Neil Hobbs

20,000 open gardens, 10,000 volunteers and over $6 million raised for charity, plus more for community garden grants, over a wonderful 27 years. From these Open Gardens Australia ‘big things’, a little thing will grow, with the National Arboretum in Canberra hosting a new commemorative garden as OGA closes. Continue reading

Image by GardenDrum.com Review: Garden stay at ‘Tabu’ B&B, Cairns

As a garden lover, when I’m travelling I always prefer a ‘garden stay’ where I’m surrounded by plants and garden, even if it’s just a few pots. Tabu B&B in northern Queensland is a beautiful pavilion room for 1-2 people surrounded by one of the best tropical gardens you’ll ever see. Definitely ★★★★★ Continue reading

The Beauty of Islam__10 The Beauty of Islam

The Beauty of Islam‘ garden by Al Barari at the 2015 Chelsea Flower Show was designed by Dubai-based landscape designer (and GardenDrum contributor) Kamelia bin Zaal. It was a first Chelsea garden for Kamelia, and won a Silver Gilt medal. Continue reading

Lee Hill Farm 5 copy USA’s 2015 best landscape designers

America’s Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) has announced its award winners for 2015. APLD’s award winning designers each year feature gardens and landscapes that are simply stunning, filled with clever problem solving, beautiful planting, well-chosen hardscape elements and both sustainable and decorative ideas that you can use in your own garden. Continue reading

USA honey bee colony loss rises

Bees on Angelica flowers. Image GardenDrum.com

USA – despite a surging national interest in honey bee health, new statistics from the Bee Informed Partnership and the Apiary Inspectors of America show that there was an increase in honey bee colony losses from April 2014 to April 2015, with nationally 42.1% of colonies lost. Continue reading

Image by GardenDrum.com 6 dumb ways to be injured in the garden

I have done all of these dumb things. I’ve hurt my back, cut my hand, dinged my head, scraped my shins and generally given myself a beating. For a vaguely sentient being, I surprise even myself at my ability to make stupid decisions that result in injury while I’m gardening. Fortunately they’ve never involved succumbing to tetanus as well, but I’m sure it’s only the good immunity I have from vaccination to thank for that. Continue reading

Image by GardenDrum.com MIFGS: tiny student gardens with big ideas

Student gardens at MIFGS (the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show) are always a highlight for me. Designed by institute and uni students, hopefully before the conventions of the landscape industry and client expectations stifle some of their creative juices, it’s always a pleasure to wander down the Avenue of Achievable Gardens. It’s also good to see Debco continuing to be a major sponsor of this area (along with NGIV and Lysaght) as these are our stars of the future. Continue reading

Image by GardenDrum.com How to build a CURVED gabion wall

RECTILINEAR” he said. “Maybe you haven’t noticed but the basic premise of a welded mesh gabion wall is that it’s made from rectilinear components”.
“Yes, but what if they were all curved?”, I persisted. “Wouldn’t that look amazing? All those chunky textures but in lovely circles and sinuous curves…..?” Continue reading