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. There are many trees here that are not represented in collections or gardens elsewhere in Australia and it is filled with gems that survive in this rather harsh dry tropical environment, with its intense heat and high humidity.
Visiting in October we were there for some spring flowers. Continue reading
I’ve always loved the juxtaposition of an Illawarra flame tree, with its brilliant red, bell flowers, and the lacy purple of the jacaranda. I had always wanted to have these two trees in my garden and when we moved to this house more than 10 years ago we realised it offered the perfect opportunity. The garden was thick with jacarandas and there was a tree-shaped space next to one of them. Continue reading
Burnley College in Melbourne has long been the home of horticultural training in Victoria. Now part of the University of Melbourne’s School of Land and Environment, its old administration building is now a 500 square metre green roof laboratory designed by HASSELL Landscape architects. Continue reading
I recently visited a stunning garden entirely populated by Australian plants. The thing that struck me most was the difference that regular pruning had made to the display. Whether it was a hedge or a feature flowering specimen the results were absolutely spectacular. So how do you get to the spectacular specimens seen here? Continue reading
When I was invited to the inaugural South Australian Crime and Garden Writers’ Festival at the Adelaide Botanic gardens, creatively titled ‘The Body in the Garden’, and I wondered how the two genre would blend. Crime scene tape and chalked outlines of fallen bodies are sprinkled around the Botanic Gardens in a clever marketing ploy. Continue reading
It was pouring with rain the day I got to see Musk Cottage as part of the Australian Landscape Conference tour. But it was such a wonderful garden, I couldn’t let that stop me sharing the photos with you – so please excuse the shiny paving and rain slanting across several of the shots. Since 2006 Musk Cottage has been the weekender garden of Rick Eckersley, of e-ga (Eckersley Garden Architecture). Continue reading
There’s gold in them thar leaves! Scientists have discovered that eucalypts growing over large but deep gold deposits take up gold with their water, making them an indicator for new underground gold mines. Continue reading
Plant paparazzi – we like to think that taking a photograph is safe, compared to the damage done by those terrible, awful people who collect rare plants from the wild. But is it? Continue reading