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​Sunday’s garden: Growing Heide

​Sunday’s garden: Growing Heide

A new book tells the story of one of Australia’s most culturally significant gardens – that at Heide, the home, for fifty years, of John and Sunday Reed.

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Bellavista

Bellavista

Holly Kerr Forsyth celebrates the landscape and people of country Australia in her new book ‘Country Gardens, Country Hospitality’. In this extract she introduces us to the garden of Anna and Don Carrazza, local food legends on the Murray.

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Book review: ​Correas: Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens

Book review: ​Correas: Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens

Correas are not well-known by most Australian gardeners. Maria Hitchcock’s book could change all that as correas offer everything from small trees to small groundcovers as well as guaranteed birdlife, which flocks to the nectar produced by the little bell or star-shaped flowers.

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Book review: ​Yates Garden Guide 43 edition

Book review: ​Yates Garden Guide 43 edition

The new edition of this historic garden guide gives a potted history of our lives in the garden as well as the usual invaluble and practical advice about how to grow a healthy garden.

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Book review: Capturing Flora

Book review: Capturing Flora

The West Australian beauty exploding from the cover of Capturing Flora is Eucalyptus macrocarpa. The illustration is by Walter Fitch for a 1947 edition of Curtis' Botanical Magazine. Fitch used as his model a plant that had been grown from seed by the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, William Hooker.

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Book review: Creating an Australia Garden

Book review: Creating an Australia Garden

There are thousands of native plants we’d do well to get to know, and broadcaster, plant breeder and Ross Garden tour leader Angus Stewart is just the man to make the introductions.

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Book review: Paul Bangay's Guide to Plants

Book review: Paul Bangay's Guide to Plants

This eye-catching companion to Paul Bangay’s Garden Design Handbook showcases Paul’s favourite flowers and foliage. 

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Book Review: The Garden of Ideas

Book Review: The Garden of Ideas

This enthralling book is a complete history of Australian garden design, detailing all the events and trends that have influenced gardens here since Europeans arrived. 

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Garden blogs we love

Garden blogs we love

I love to snuggle up with a book, but I’m also enjoying some great garden reading online. Have a look at these:

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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: 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: Penny Olsen, researcher and writer

Meet: Penny Olsen, researcher and writer

Penny Olsen spends most of her working life surrounded by the treasures of the National Library of Australia. It was there she came across a note that led to the beautiful ‘Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand Von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists’. We lured her out of the library for a chat.

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Meet: Saskia Havekes, florist

Meet: Saskia Havekes, florist

Saskia Havekes is the owner of Grandiflora. Her recent book, Grandiflora Celebrations is a behind-the-scenes look at 60 themed events, from weddings to fashion shows.

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Monty Don's 'Great Gardens of Italy'

Monty Don's 'Great Gardens of Italy'

There is a pile of gardening books on my bedside table that entices me to crawl into bed after a bath and a cool day in the garden. On top is my garden diary where I make notes of ideas, planting schemes and interesting quotes. 

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Philip Johnson's Garden, Olinda

Philip Johnson's Garden, Olinda

Landscape designer Philip Johnson’s passion is to connect people with nature. In this extract from his new book Connected: the sustainable landscapes of Philip Johnson, he explains how that connection is deepened and refined at his home in Olinda, and creates a billabong to die for!

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What's New This Summer: Plants to love and books to read

What's New This Summer: Plants to love and books to read

Waves of colour is the promise of the new spreading petunias from Floriana. ‘Wave Pink Passion’, ‘Wave Yellow’ and ‘Wave Silver’ make flower-filled, heat-tolerant mounding ground covers. Spreading up to 1m wide they’re also terrific in pots and hanging baskets. A sunny spot and well-drained soil are essential. Liquid feed fortnightly to enhance new growth.


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