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  • Hidden Design Festival, Sydney is on 10-11 March 2018. Ticket sales are already open! Don’t miss this opportunity to see 11 designer gardens open for this one-off public viewing.

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  • Photograph by Gérard Rondeau

    The Arts and Nature Center of Chaumont-sur-Loire in France will devote its 2017-18 winter exhibition to some stunning photography.

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  • Ian and Judy Wintle have been opening their famous ‘Giving Garden‘ in Brisbane each year for 15 years, raising $60,000 for charity. But 18 and 19 November 2017 will be your very last chance to see it, or visit again.

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    The spiral staircase in the Temperate House. Photo: RBG Kew

    Kew Gardens’ biggest ever renovation project is nearing completion, with the Temperate House – the world’s largest Victorian glasshouse – set to re-open in May next year.

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  • Elswick in Bloom. Photo: RHS / Mark Waugh

    A Lancashire village has been crowned Champion of Champions in the RHS Britain in Bloom Competition.

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  • Did you know your home could be making you sick? A study in Australia reports that volatile organic compounds are up to 10 times higher indoors than outdoors, and that plants are effective in reducing them. 

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  • A unique wetland restoration project in Geelong has won Landscaping Victoria’s ‘Landscape of the Year’ award.

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  • Zinnia ‘Zany Rose Picotee’. Photo: RHS/Joanna Kossak

    Candy-coloured Zinnia ‘Zany Rose Picotee’ has won the RHS People’s Choice Awards, with red and pink flowers dominating the 2017 list.

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  • The White House will open its gardens to visitors later this month, including the Michelle Obama-created kitchen garden.

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  • Carolyn Young

    Artisans in the Gardens has over 2,000 pieces of sculpture, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass and jewellery created by artists and craftspeople for you to marvel at, and buy to take home.

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  • The New York EcoQuest Challenge for November 2017 is to Investigate Invasives, part of the NYC EcoFlora Project that is tasking citizens to take and share photos of the monthly target plant or animal.

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  • Floral arch of marigolds. Photo: Khaosod English

    Millions of flowers in elaborate displays pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol. The ‘Flowers for Dad’ exhibition was part of the last farewell to the much loved Father of Thailand.

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  • The International Garden Festival in Québec, Canada is calling for proposals to create new temporary gardens for the 2018 exhibition.

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  • Christmas at Kew – an after-dark landscape lit up by over one million twinkling lights, with a brand new trail winding through the Gardens. It sounds spectacularly sparkly.

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  • Makuta Amenity smartphone application

    A smartphone app that can estimate the taste of vegies and fruit by taking a photo of them? Where else but Japan!

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  • Continue your support for the EcoQuest Challenge. The target for October 2017 is Fraxinus and Fungi.

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  • Photo RHS/Luke MacGregor

    Using vegies they’ve grown, UK kids will cook up a storm for the RHS Big Soup Share – a week of events marking ten years of the Campaign for School Gardening.

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  • Joseph Banks’ Florilegium is a collection of botanical engravings, possibly the best ever, from which selected prints are now published in a book of the same name, with expert commentaries and additional texts.

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  • National Gardening Week in Australia kicks off on 8 October and GardenDrum blogger Arno King will be speaking at the Brisbane Botanic Garden Mt Coot-tha – just one of the events happening around the country.

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  • Cistus creticus in the Phrygana scrubland. Photo by Aphrodite Kants.

    Researchers have discovered a link between floral colour and scent in a Mediterranean scrubland.

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