I thought that for my first blog on the GardenDrum it would be a good idea to let you all know what has been going on in my life since ABC’s Gardening Australia and the magazine no longer wanted me. In later blogs I intend concentrating on showcasing interesting and rare plants.
I have gone back to concentrating on my nursery ‘Dicksonia Rare Plants’ at Mt. Macedon in Victoria, which may be a surprise to those of you that watched the show and didn’t know I had a nursery background. In fact I grew up with a family nursery in which I worked from the age of 10 when my dad opened a retail and wholesale business in 1966. I began collecting rare and unusual plants from the pocket money my father gave me and in 1980 opened my own nursery specialising in rare plants, which are my true passion.
Since Gardening Australia I have picked up a job writing for a New Zealand magazine called the ‘Weekend Gardener’ and am doing similar pieces for them that I used to do for Gardening Australia magazine. So check it out if you can.
With spare time on my hands I have also started writing another book, which will be on the development of my own garden ‘Tugurium’ as well as putting into words my history, practices, principles and philosophies.
I am also working hard in my garden, which for those who didn’t know was the set for all my work on the T.V. program. The next opening of Tugurium will be on the 22nd and 23rd of June for Open Gardens Australia so why not come a see me. It will be fun to do a mid winter opening.
Community radio with Melbourne’s 3CR keeps me busy every second Sunday, a gig I’ve been doing for something in excess of 25 years, so if you are outside the range of the program why not link into 3CR via your computer and download the podcasts. It is one and three quarter hours of advert free full on gardening and at the risk of seeming immodest is the best gardening talk back out there. With some of the country’s best specialist growers as panellists your questions can always be answered. For those in the range of the station it is 855 on the A.M. dial.
I used to consider myself fairly computer illiterate but have recently published my own website, which will feature a new plant about once a week. You can catch up with the site at stephenryan.com.au or even check me out on Twitter (@StephenGRyan). I am also doing lots of talks for horticultural societies and garden clubs so if you belong to one you may like to consider getting in touch via my website to have me come and speak to your group.
[Congratulations to Vireya, who has won a signed copy of Stephen’s fabulous book Dicksonia Rare Plants Manual, in the Feb 18 draw.]