Poaching is putting increasing pressure not just on animals but on plants too. In northern India, illegal harvesting of wild orchids destined for the Chinese herbal medicine trade is decimating local populations.
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
The dreaded and dangerous fire ant is headed for Australia’s Lockyer Valley, source of much of Queensland’s fresh produce, and it’s also a worry in south-western Sydney. Continue reading
Is your garden mulching habit destroying essential bee-nesting habitat? Many native bee species around the world make their nests in the ground. Have you buried some alive? Continue reading
The speaker lineup for the Australian Landscape Conference in Melbourne 18-22 September 2015 has been announced and there are many high profile international and local designers to enjoy. Continue reading
It’s so easy to miss a quirky flower or fruit in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. There is just too much going on. You have to always be on the look out for a fleck of colour here or a odd bauble way up there. Back in early February I discovered this Corkscrew Tree on twitter. It was flowering beside a major path near the Canna Bed, but it wasn’t until I tracked back from a tweet to MelbourneDaily that I realised it was in my own (work) backyard. Continue reading
Each year, the Sculpture at Scenic World competition and exhibition at Katoomba, NSW produces yet more wonderful sculptures and installations. From the challenging to the simply beautiful, it’s a go-to for sculpture lovers. Continue reading
Ah, the luscious taste of strawberries straight from the garden – YUM! Unless they have a millipede inside: then it’s definitely BLECCCHHH! Millipedes aren’t toxic but they produce a highly irritant fluid when handled – or chewed! – that’s so foul-tasting and -smelling that many chickens won’t touch them, although apparently ducks will. Unfortunately, any duck that eats your millipedes will also eat everything else in your vegie garden! Continue reading
With gardens getting smaller and smaller all the time, I am finding that there is increasing interest in climbing plants. These versatile plants can adapt to limited spaces, and are particularly well suited to horizontally-challenged gardeners. Anyone with a fence has an ideal opportunity to fill that vertical space with a climbing plant of some sort. Continue reading
Russell Page is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest garden designers. So much so, that there’s new exhibition dedicated to him at the London Garden Museum – The Education of a Gardener: The Life and Work of Russell Page. But just across The Pond, why is the only surviving Russell Page garden in NYC going to be destroyed by its owner, the Frick Collection? Continue reading
“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
Do you understand what fracking is? I know it’s short for hydraulic fracturing and it’s to do with gas extraction, but since I’ve watched this 5 minute video, I understand the process much more clearly, plus both the potential negative….and short-term positives.