Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden opens

View over the Mekong River from Pha Tad Ke, Laos. Photo Peter Morrell

View over the Mekong River from Pha Tad Ke, Laos. Photo Peter Morrell

Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden, the world’s newest botanical garden, has opened in Luang Prabang in Laos. With its wonderful jungle and Mekong River setting, nearby mountain and beautiful tropical plant displays, a visit to Pha Tad Ke should be on everyone’s south-east Asian itinerary. Continue reading

Two Madrid garden masterpieces

In Spain’s capital, two impressive garden works caught my eye and considerably enhanced my ‘art experience’. In a city justifiably renowned for three great art museums, these outdoor living works offer their own distinctive appeal and artistry. Continue reading

Review: Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Rare Plant Fair 2016

Spring in Melbourne this year has been dramatic and changeable to say the least. This past weekend, despite the erratic and blustery conditions, the passionate plant aficionados were all a twitter as they turned up to the RBG. It was the occasion of the first Botanic and Rare Plant Fair at the RBG (Melbourne). This has been set up as a collaboration between the usually highly anticipated Friends of RBG Plants Sale (normally held twice annually), Diggers Seeds and the RBG. Continue reading

Have I got a deal for you!

A phone rings. It is answered.

Hello.
G’day Trev. You are ‘the’ Trevor Nottle aren’t you Trev?
Yes.
Well Trev, have I got a deal for you. Can you meet me at the airport coffee bar so I can tell you about it?
Who are you?
Sorry, Trev, mate, should have said. I’m Tom from Gotta Go Travel but every one calls me Gabby because I talk so much. Just call me Gabby Trev. Yeah, I’ll be coming through Adelaide next Thursday morning could we meet I have an idea to discuss with you.

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