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George Forrest: the plant world's Indiana Jones

George Forrest: the plant world's Indiana Jones

When we pick up a few plants at the local garden centre, we rarely give a thought to the brave adventurers who risked their lives to collect the plants from the wild hundreds of years ago.

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Meet Chris Cuddy

Meet Chris Cuddy

Perenialle Plants is a mail-order nursery for tough plants, but you can also drop in. Don’t miss the chance if you are in the Canowindra area. As well as the plants, there’s an inspiring garden and lovely little shop full of artisan-made house and garden desirables.

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Meet Claire Bickle

Meet Claire Bickle

Meet Claire Bickle, Garden Clinic's newest expert. Claire Bickle writes, talks and lives horticulture and sustainability. An expert on subtropical gardening, she’s also a self-confessed ‘poultry tragic’ and the Garden Clinic go-to for advice on backyard birds. Claire will be running a Jump Into Spring Class at this years Brisbane International Garden Show. Book now and come join in the fun.


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Meet Justine Smith, Rhipsalis grower

Meet Justine Smith, Rhipsalis grower

Justine Smith’s beautifully grown rhipsalis flew off the tables at Collectors’ Plant Fair this year. Don’t worry if you missed out - she’s now supplying Flower Power with these hairy hanging delights under the Jungle Cactus label.


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Meet Kevin Collins, banksia collector

Meet Kevin Collins, banksia collector

Kevin Collins and his wife Kathy grow the world’s only complete collection of banksias in their garden at Mount Barker, Western Australia.


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Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin Tulip Tops gardeners

Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin Tulip Tops gardeners

Meet Pat and Bill Rhodin, Tulip Tops gardeners. They work hard all year to make this garden's spring display something memorable

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Meet Robert Price

Meet Robert Price

Meet: Bob Price, founder and curator, Mexico’s Vallarta Botanical Gardens. Bob Price plan was to conserve Mexico’s unique flora and birdlife and the Vallarta Botanical Gardens he founded to help achieve that were recently included on the list of Top Ten Public Gardens in America you should visit.

 


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Meet the Lindesay gardeners

Meet the Lindesay gardeners

Every Thursday morning a group of garden lovers gathers in the beautiful grounds of Lindesay in Darling Point and gets to work. Here Robin Powell talks to the group about their passionate connection to this historic house and garden


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Meet: ​Richard Anderson, horticulturist and plant collector

Meet: ​Richard Anderson, horticulturist and plant collector

Robin talks to Richard about discovering new plants and propagating them to bring them market.

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Meet: Alex Elliott-Howery

Meet: Alex Elliott-Howery

Meet Alex Elliott-Howery, pickler and community builder.To say that Alex Elliott-Howery and her husband James Grant have a café doesn’t begin to tell the story. Cornersmith is not just a café, but a pickling and preserving business and school, and a trading hub for the produce gardeners of Marrickville.


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Meet: Angus Stewart

Meet: Angus Stewart

Meet Angus Stewart. Plant breeder, gardener and new resident of the Apple Isle. He is also our favourite native wildflower enthusiast.

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Meet: Anita Rayner

Meet: Anita Rayner

Meet Anita Rayner, Head gardener, Sydney Living Museums. The gardens at Vaucluse House are one of Sydney’s historic horticultural treasures. Anita Rayner fell in love with them at first sight; now she runs them.

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Meet: Anne Ruston, rose garden owner

Meet: Anne Ruston, rose garden owner

Anne Ruston is a South Australian senator, but for rose lovers the really important job she holds is as owner of Ruston Roses, a horticultural icon in South Australia, established by her uncle David. We take a wander though the garden with her.

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Meet: Annie Hughes, botanical artist

Meet: Annie Hughes, botanical artist

Fascinated by the colours and textures of seeds and fruits, Annie Hughes talks about her paintings.

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Meet: Bethany Linz

Meet: Bethany Linz

Meet Bethany Linz. Wallpaper and textile designer. Bringing the garden inside develops a whole new meaning with Bethany Linz’ botanically inspired wallpapers.


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Meet: Beverly Allen, botanical artist

Meet: Beverly Allen, botanical artist

Beverly's background is in graphic design and illustration, however her discovery of Shirley Sherwood’s beautiful book ‘Contemporary Botanical Artists’ turned her to plants!

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Meet: Bob Cherry, our favourite modern-day-plant-hunter

Meet: Bob Cherry, our favourite modern-day-plant-hunter

After 40 years developing plants and showing them off in the beautiful gardens at Paradise Plants at Gosford on the Central Coast of NSW, plant hunter and developer Bob Cherry is selling up and moving on. Graham Ross spoke with him about his work.

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Meet: Brendan Moar, show garden creator

Meet: Brendan Moar, show garden creator

You really can't help but be a big fan of the work of landscape architect and television presenter Brendan Moar - he's adorable. Seeing one of his gardens come to life on his Lifestyle channel shows is a treat; seeing one live at the Singapore Garden Festival is even better.

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Meet: Caitlin Sawyer

Meet: Caitlin Sawyer

Meet Caitlin Sawyer, Young Horticulturist of the Year in 2015, and winner of the BBM Sir John Pagan Horticulture Travel Scholarship for 2014/15. 

 

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Meet: Charlotte Thodey, painter

Meet: Charlotte Thodey, painter

We talk to Charlotte about her work and her exhibition at Chateau de Villandry.

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Meet: Clarence Slockee, Aboriginal Education Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Meet: Clarence Slockee, Aboriginal Education Officer at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Clarence came to Sydney to study music and dance; his interest in the bush and the relationships between animals, plants and people led him to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Meet: Criss Canning, still life painter

Criss Canning is one of Australia’s foremost painters of still life. Her meticulous and harmonious compositions impart a sense of serenity, while the colour palate is rich and sensuous. Most of her paintings feature plants from the garden at Burnside and Sandra asked her about the link between the garden and her art.

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Meet: Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast, curator of Latitude 23

Meet: Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast, curator of Latitude 23

Meet Dr Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast and curator of 'Latitude 23' at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

 

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Meet: David Jones, plantsman, researcher and writer

Meet: David Jones, plantsman, researcher and writer

Libby Cameron talks to David Jones about his love of orchids and his book, 'Starting Out with Orchids'.

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Meet: David Kennedy

Meet: David Kennedy

David Kennedy’s Katoomba garden Clover Hill is a showcase of rare cool climate gems. With no room left, the avid plant collector and nurseryman has started a new garden over the mountains.


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Meet: David Lawry, director, Avenues of Honour

Meet: David Lawry, director, Avenues of Honour

David Lawry has a simple, grand idea – that the life of every Australian killed in combat is commemorated in a living tree. We spoke with him about bringing the vision to life. 

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Meet: Doug Puride, urban beekeeper

Meet: Doug Puride, urban beekeeper

We talk to the busy-bee-owner of Urban Honey in Sydney.

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Meet: Dr Alistair Hay, brugmansia expert

Meet: Dr Alistair Hay, brugmansia expert

The huge scented flowers of the brugmansia are show-stoppers. For Dr Alistair Hay, formerly a senior research scientist and director of public programs at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, they have also been life-changers. He tells Robin Powell how it happened.

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Meet: Elaine Musgrave, botanical artist

Meet: Elaine Musgrave, botanical artist

Elaine Musgrave works from a renovated stable in the wonderful garden created by her husband Les at Wildes Meadow in the Southern Highlands. Here we talk to her about her work.

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Meet: Elizabeth Rundle, peony-lover

Meet: Elizabeth Rundle, peony-lover

Peonies seduced Elizabeth Rundle when she was just 16. She’s been a fan ever since, growing and selling tree peonies through a mail-order nursery, first in Canberra and now in Ballarat. Here she shares her story.

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Meet: Erin Martin, horticulturist, The Grounds of Alexandria cafe

Meet: Erin Martin, horticulturist, The Grounds of Alexandria cafe

Erin can be found among the raised garden beds, most days, at The Grounds of Alexandria, corner of Huntley and Bourke streets, Alexandria, Sydney. It's not only the best place to grab a coffee, or sweet pastries, or lunch; you can walk around a productive, super-charming, snack track!

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Meet: Finbarr O’Leary, horticulturist and rose trialler for Swanes nursery

Meet: Finbarr O’Leary, horticulturist and rose trialler for Swanes nursery

Swane's Nursery CEO Finbarr O'Leary talks about the effort required to bring new roses to market.

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Meet: Gaby Porter, sculptor

Meet: Gaby Porter, sculptor

Sculptor Gaby Porter has spent the past 15 years transforming a pocket of Illawarra remnant rainforest into a sculpture garden. Using sandstone, bronze, concrete, ceramic and even sticks, Gaby creates site-specific works that relate to the garden around them. Here the Garden Clinic spoke with her about her work.

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Meet: Geoff Duggan, landscape planning officer, The Australian Botanic Garden

Meet: Geoff Duggan, landscape planning officer, The Australian Botanic Garden

A discussion with Geoff Duggan about his work creating native daisy meadows at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan.

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Meet: Geoffrey Head, Nielsen Park bush regenerator

Meet: Geoffrey Head, Nielsen Park bush regenerator

Geoffrey Head has spent the last 12 years tending to the Eastern Suburbs jewel-in-the-crown Nielsen Park. Today we catch up with him.

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Meet: George Low, David Jones Sydney flower show designer

Meet: George Low, David Jones Sydney flower show designer

George talks about 20 years working with the iconic David Jones flower show in Sydney.

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Meet: Gil Teague, bookseller

Meet: Gil Teague, bookseller

Gil Teague’s Florilegium has published some of our best garden writers, including Peter Valder, Margaret Hibbert, Michael McCoy and Alistair Hay, but we know it best as Australia’s only specialist garden bookshop.


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Meet: Graeme Parr: wisteria expert

Meet: Graeme Parr: wisteria expert

Oh hello big dose of flower envy. We'd do any thing for wisteria! Graeme has been growing wisteria for the nursery trade for 20 years. Here he shares his top tips for growing great flowering wisteria.

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Meet: Holly Kerr Forsyth, garden writer, friend and philospher

Meet: Holly Kerr Forsyth, garden writer, friend and philospher

We pop into Holly's garden, stay for tea and fall a little bit in love.

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Meet: Indira Naidoo, passionate balcony gardener

Meet: Indira Naidoo, passionate balcony gardener

Former ABC and SBS newsreader Indira Naidoo followed her passion for food all the way to a balcony garden - and a book, ‘The Edible Balcony’. We spoke with her about the value of gardening skills, and how she hopes to inspire visitors to the Australian Garden Show Sydney to turn their gardens into places for play.

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Meet: Ivy Singh, gentle warrior

Meet: Ivy Singh, gentle warrior

We recently enjoyed the very different Singapore experience of Bollywood Veggies, a ten-acre organic farm owned by Ivy Singh-Lim. Ivy is refreshingly outspoken – just check our her signage! – and named her farm for her Indian heritage and her love of singing and dancing. Linda Ross shared banana bread with the woman who calls herself Poison Ivy!

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Meet: Jeanne Villani, keen gardener and member of the Garden History Society

Meet: Jeanne Villani, keen gardener and member of the Garden History Society

Jeanne talks about her love for her tropical garden.

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Meet: Jenny Kee, artist

Meet: Jenny Kee, artist

Jenny Kee has always drawn inspiration from the Australian landscape. Her opal designs have been used by Chanel, her koala knits worn by Princess Di and her costumes were part of the parade at the Opening Ceremony of Sydney’s Olympic Games. Linda Ross met her to talk about her latest inspiration, the waratah.

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Meet: Jodie McGregor, florist

Libby talks to Jodie about her favourite flowers and her plans for her new garden.

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Meet: John Christie, General Manager, Cruden Farm

Meet: John Christie, General Manager, Cruden Farm

Cruden Farm is the wonderful garden of the late (and much-loved) Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. Sandra Ross spoke with John Christie about steering the garden into the future.

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Meet: John Siemon, project manager, PlantBank

PlantBank is a seed bank and scientific facility with a priority to conserve and understand plants, and take that knowledge to the community. The facility covers 3000 square metres, that’s the size of 2.5 Olympic swimming pools. Frozen seeds are kept in underground thermally efficient vaults.

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Meet: Justin Russell, market gardener

Meet: Justin Russell, market gardener

Justin Russell was a keen gardener and a writer about gardening until last November, when he and wife Kylie plunged into full-time market gardening. It's been a tough road, with severe drought.

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Meet: Karen Hall, garden creator

Meet: Karen Hall, garden creator

Wychwood is the magical garden created by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper. Though they are moving on, the magic of the garden has been captured in Karen’s words and Peter’s photographs, packaged in a handsome new book.

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Meet: Kerry Mitchell, plantaholic

Meet: Kerry Mitchell, plantaholic

Kerry Mitchell says she can’t resist a good flower and she now partly funds her passion by selling plants from her garden. Robin Powell caught up with her as she was preparing for the Collectors’ Plant Fair.

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Meet: Liz Gledhill, owner of Waverley Nursery and Garden Design

Liz's nursery specialises in hardy shrubs, perennials and ornamental grasses. Libby catches up with her.

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