Linda Green

About Linda Green

Linda is a landscape designer and horticulturist living in Fremantle, Western Australia. In 1988 she established Hidcote Landscapes and she still finds starting a new garden design a thrilling prospect. She loves visiting inspiring gardens overseas and exploring the bush closer to home. For more information visit www.hidcote.com.au.

Roses to rival Flemington

I often work on Melbourne Cup day, stopping a few minutes before the actual race is run so that I can watch it on TV. This year though I had two good reasons to have most of the day off. Firstly, I was invited to lunch in a beautiful garden and secondly, the lunch was a fund raiser for a good cause. The garden is on a rural property, Orange Grove, nestled in the hills to the east of Perth and the owners Lynne and Denis McLeod not only hosted the lunch but also lovingly created the gardens which surround the house. Continue reading

Kalamunda Wildflower Park

There aren’t too many places in the world where you can see over 50 species of wildflowers in flower during the course of a 2hr bush walk. One of these places is the south west of Western Australia where I am lucky enough to live. The area is an international biodiversity hot spot covering 300,000 square kilometres and although some spots within this area are “hotter” than others you don’t have to travel very far to get an idea of the botanical diversity we have on our “doorstep”. Continue reading

Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay

When I last visited Singapore two years ago, the Gardens by the Bay which opened in June this year was just a building site but now it has been transformed into a botanical wonderland. It is tempting to think of the Gardens as a type of Disneyland but this would dismiss the serious aspects of the project which include extending the Garden City theme of Singapore and providing education on environmental issues. Continue reading

Vertical gardens & greenwalls

Ever since I heard Patrick Blanc’s presentation on vertical gardens at the Australian Landscape Conference held in Melbourne in 2007 I have had a narrow view of what constitutes a vertical garden but the wide variety of vertical garden styles on display at the Singapore Garden Festival (Singapore GF) has caused me have a rethink. Continue reading

Canary Island bellflower

It’s easy to forget that you have a Canary Island bellflower in your garden until Jack-and-the-Beanstalk like, a new shoot appears and quickly rockets up to 1m in height within days. That’s exactly what happened in my garden.

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Perth Landscape Expo

Last week I spent a few very worthwhile hours attending the second Landscape Expo to be held in Perth. It seemed to have much more of a buzz than the first one that was held two years ago. The Landscape Expo is a trade fair that is held over two days for those involved in the landscaping industry. I am always amazed at the number of people now employed in the Continue reading

Bushwalk from Sullivan Rock to Mt Cooke

I recently went bushwalking in the Monadnock National Park, named for the huge granite rocks that have resisted erosion and now stand isolated and proud of the surrounding land. The walk was a 16km round trip between two of these outcrops – Sullivan Rock and Mt Cooke. The route we took is part of the Bibbulmun Track, a walk of nearly 1000km from the hills near Perth to Albany on the south coast. Our starting point for the walk was the Sullivan Rock car park, about 40km south east of Perth on the Albany Hwy. Continue reading

International Garden Festival at Chateau de Chaumont

The International Garden Festival (IGF) held at the Chateau de Chaumont in the Loire Valley in France should be on the ‘bucket list’ of anyone who is interested in gardens and in particular in garden and landscape design. The festival is held over nearly 6 months from late April to mid October and showcases 20 or more designed gardens. Continue reading

Native trees around Walpole, WA

I have just returned from a trip to Walpole on the south coast, which happened to coincide with the flowering of two iconic Western Australian trees – the red flowering gum, Corymbia ficifolia, and the WA Christmas tree, Nuytsia floribunda. Both are spectacular when in bloom. The red flowering gum has flowers in the red spectrum including vermillion, crimson or cream and shades in between, while the Christmas tree has striking yellowy-orange blossom. Continue reading

Stephanotis floribunda

The south-west of Western Australia experienced a wetter and cooler spring than normal but in the first week of December, suddenly summer was upon us with a few days with temperatures in the high 30s. This was the cue for the Stephanotis seedpods which I had laid on the ground about a year ago to burst open. Continue reading