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Keep in touch with what we're doing, there's always something going on. Our team has been busy gathering interesting, helpful and exciting stories for you to enjoy. Seasonal inspiration from our garden to yours.

Garden festival planner: Chelsea Flower show

Garden festival planner: Chelsea Flower show

Chelsea is the prize bloom of the world's garden shows, and the reputation is well-deserved. Here Robin Powell shares her observations on what has been another breath-taking Chelsea Flower Show.

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How to: cook spinach pie

How to: cook spinach pie

In Greece local cooks prefer to make their spanokopita (spinach pie) with the mix of wild greens known as horta.

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Star of the season: Agastache

Star of the season: Agastache

These easy-care, minty-fresh flowery fillers offer reliable and long-lasting summer colour.

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Star of the season: Dwarf Banksia

Star of the season: Dwarf Banksia

Dwarf Banksias prove that no space doesn’t mean no impact.
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Potted: Kangaroo Paw

Potted: Kangaroo Paw

These furry, iconic Australian flowers are a great addition to a potted garden, especially the smaller varieties.

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Meet Kath Gadd

Meet Kath Gadd

Kath Gadd’s company is Mallee Design, a garden design business that uses only Australian plants, and does a neat sideline in beautiful, spun copper birdbaths.

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Great Aussie ideas

Great Aussie ideas

One of the great delights of leading tours for Ross Garden Tours around Australia and the world is picking up great ideas. Here are a few from this year's travels.

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A love of colour

A love of colour

Heather Cant is known locally as the Rose Lady. Find out why in this extract from ‘Beyond the Garden Gate: private gardens of the Southern Highlands’.

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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. Robin Powell walked though the garden with her.

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La Vie En Rose

La Vie En Rose

The charms of French country living inspired Marian Somes to create her own version at her beautiful garden Picardy in the Gippsland hills. How did she do it? Here she shares four underlying elements of the French country garden.

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Libby’s Armenian Nutmeg Cake

Libby’s Armenian Nutmeg Cake

Simple and delicious, Libby's Armenian Nutmeg cake, with a nice cup of tea, is the perfect treat after a hard spring morning's garden.

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The new rose garden

The new rose garden

Roses mix it up at Wisley, blooming brilliantly with a range of other flowering plants.

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We love: A Dollop of Clotted Cream

We love: A Dollop of Clotted Cream

Opening pale pink then fading to soft coffee cream ‘Cafe au Lait’ is a celebrity-status dahlia. The multi-petalled blooms are up to 25 cm across and there may be 40 on a plant at once, so strong support is essential.

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Star of the season: Jacaranda

Star of the season: Jacaranda

The purple veil that floats over Sydney in November is an international star – but not one most of us can bring home.

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Know your: Hedging plants

Know your: Hedging plants

Inspired to get hedging? Choosing the right plant for your hedging plan is critical. Look for a height range and maintenance regime that suits your needs, as well as plants that will do well given the soil and position you can offer. Here are a handful of the hedging plants we think should be on your shortlist.

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Kitchen Garden: Spring Planting

Kitchen Garden: Spring Planting

It’s time to pull out winter crops to make room for summer’s great produce. Here Linda Ross shares her know-how and experience about what to plant now to keep a family of four enjoying delicious home-grown food all through summer.

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How to: use edible flowers

How to: use edible flowers

Eating flowers sounds exotic but in fact we do it all the time. Some are disguised, like saffron, which is the dried stigma of the crocus flower; others are obvious, like the gold flowers of zucchini.

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How to: use your pea harvest

How to: use your pea harvest

Peas are one of those crops that can make the home gardener feel smugly self-satisfied because they taste so good fresh from the garden.

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A lesson in clipped hedges

A lesson in clipped hedges

A hedge is many things. It can define areas of the garden; shield you from the curiosity of passersby; block ugly intrusions into your view; protect your privacy; offer favourite plants a green backdrop against which to dazzle; or simply give your garden a nestling sense of enclosure and cosy comfort. Here Graham Ross answers the most-asked questions on hedge cultivation and care.

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Blooms and Brushstrokes

Blooms and Brushstrokes

In their floral history of Australian art, mother and daughter team Peneloep and Tansy Curtin uncover the stories behind some of our favourite floral artworks.

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Thinking Gardens

Thinking Gardens

Betty Maloney was a pioneer of bush gardening whose advice on finding serenity in the garden is as relevant now as it was half a century ago.

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Spring Jobs: October

Spring Jobs: October

Prune rhododendrons when they finish flowering to maintain shape. Plants grown too tall will respond well to a hard prune. Follow with a feed formulated for acid-loving rhodos, and mulch with cow manure.

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Zinnia (Sow now)

Zinnia (Sow now)

Zinnias are the happiest of summer’s flowering annuals and come in vibrant colours of cerise, terracotta, gold, and lipstick-pink.

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Delicious asparagus 3 ways

Delicious asparagus 3 ways

Asparagus is so fresh right now and Robin Powell has 3 ways to make the most of a fresh harvest.

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Meet Ros Loftus

Meet Ros Loftus

Riversdale is a National Trust property in Goulburn where volunteers have battled drought, rabbits and running bamboo to recreate a beautiful, much-loved garden.

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Roses

Roses

Winter is rose-planting time, and to help you make the most of these much-loved flowers, we’ve put together all the information you need. Armed with some growing advice you'll be picking armfuls in no time at all.

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The List: Our top 6 bush pinks

The List: Our top 6 bush pinks

Pretty pinks are a huge feature in the spring time native garden. Here are Nola Parry's best pinks for the season.

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Mulberries: 3 ways

Mulberries: 3 ways

Mulberries flooding in to the kitchen? Here are some quick and tasty ways to use them.

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Mulberry growing

Mulberry growing

No summer goes by in the Ross family household without mulberry jam, mulberry pie, and swirled mulberry icecream. Fancy the menu? Take Linda’s tips on growing the hero ingredient.

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Mulberry pudding

Mulberry pudding

This classic pudding is a simply delicious taste of summer. This is the kind of recipe that reminds us how inventive the cooks of previous generations were in turning leftovers into dinner or dessert, especially bread.

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