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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Are you a new gardener? This is for you; tips for autumn planting success.

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Permaculture on a plate

Permaculture on a plate

A stunning kitchen garden on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula is creating a different experience for its guests with a true estate-to-plate experience, writes Montalto’s produce manager, Julie Bennett.

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Dutch Baroque Beauty

Dutch Baroque Beauty

Experience one of Netherland’s most captivating palatial grounds, Het Loo, the former retreat of William of Orange during the Dutch Golden Age.

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Finding the Right Shade

Finding the Right Shade

Are you neglecting the shady parts of your garden? Horticulturist Roger Fox shares how to to make them shine

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Patch Perfect

Patch Perfect

Growing your own food is one of the most rewarding and healthy things you can do. Read More
Redfern Oasis

Redfern Oasis

Creating a lush urban jungle in a small space sounds like a challenge, but garden designer and writer Richard  Unsworth embraced the opportunity.

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Squeeze The Day

Squeeze The Day

A pinch of sour and a dash of sweet, calamondin is a versatile and easy-to-grow member of the citrus family.

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Small space: big ideas

Small space: big ideas

Courtyard and balcony gardens are less forgiving than suburban gardens. A big garden can ramble a bit, drawing you past a bit of a dead patch with the lure of the something great glimpsed just around the corner. But in a small garden everything is on show, all the time.

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The Art of Gardening: Chanticleer, Pennsylvania

The Art of Gardening: Chanticleer, Pennsylvania

Hailed as the most romantic, imaginative and exciting public garden in America, Chanticleer is a study of texture and form, where foliage trumps flower, where the gardeners lead the design, and where even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning. Read More
Britain's got talent!

Britain's got talent!

Immerse yourself in the floral extravaganza of springtime in the UK. Horticulturist and Ross Tour leader, Colin Barlow takes us for an armchair stroll through one of his favourite destinations.

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Frensham - A relaxed Country Garden

Frensham - A relaxed Country Garden

Located on the outskirts of Christchurch, ‘Frensham’ is considered one of New Zealand's finest gardens.

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Spring bling

Spring bling

Bulbs are fleeting; annuals flame and die but shrubs can last for decades. Accomplished garden writer and Ross Tour leader, Paul Urquhart shares five of the best. 
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Japanese Garden Design Ideas

Japanese Garden Design Ideas

Japanese garden design offers some great ideas to gardeners. With a bit of imagination we can incorporate aspects and approaches that enhance our gardens without turning them Japanese

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Five of the best: wisteria gardens

Five of the best: wisteria gardens

Here’s our pick of the best places in the world to be thrilled by the fragrance, form and sheer delight of wisteria.

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Winterwood: One Man's Wonderland

Winterwood: One Man's Wonderland

Bushfire, snow, and wild weather hasn’t deterred this plantsman from creating a botanical masterpiece.

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Connoisseur's Delight

Connoisseur's Delight

Despite its name, Windyridge sits comfortably in its terraced slope in the pretty historic village of Mount Wilson, just two hours from Sydney. With peonies, rhododendrons, waratahs, a dramatic waterfall and lake, it’s a showcase of magnificent cool climate plants.

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Chantecler

Chantecler

Surrounded by dramatic snow-covered mountains and nestled into a sheltered Wakatipu Basin in Central Otago, near Queenstown in southern New Zealand, you’ll find Mike Henry’s garden, Chantecler.

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Net Gains

Net Gains

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La vie en rose

La vie en rose

Delight in the magic of Walter and Kay Duncan’s dreamy landscape, The Heritage Garden, in Clare Valley, South Australia.

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Our forever garden

Our forever garden

When two gardeners settle into a home and garden there could be fireworks. In our case, it’s been a joyful 35-year journey, which we hope will last forever. Read More
Festival of Flowers

Festival of Flowers

After 40 glorious spring ‘Cherry Blossom’ and autumn tours to Japan, I realised there was so much more than this ephermal favourite. Wisteria, iris, azalea, and peony are all celebrated with bespoke festivals.

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Historic Gem

Historic Gem

Anlaby Station, the oldest sheep station in South Australia, 85km north of Adelaide, is being given a well-deserved new lease on life.

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Meet: Phillip Johnson

Meet: Phillip Johnson

The first and only Australian to win both a Gold Medal and Best in Show at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show. And best of all, his 2013 award-winning garden is finally coming home. 

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Out of this World

Out of this World

They say all good things must come to an end. Oh but, what an end it is. It’s the final installment of Michael McCoy’s four-part travel series; he’s saved the best for last.

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A garden for all seasons

A garden for all seasons

In the Southern Highlands NSW, horticulturist and plantsman Les Musgrave, cleverly plays with nature’s shapes, textures, and colours to create a garden with year-round interest. Read More
​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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3 Ways to Jazz up your Front Garden

3 Ways to Jazz up your Front Garden

‘There’s nothing half so pleasant as coming home again’ wrote the American poet Margaret Elizabeth Sangster more than a century ago. Here are some great ideas for that perfect welcome home.

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7 great ideas from Holland's Floriade

7 great ideas from Holland's Floriade

Once a decade the horticultural industry of Holland celebrates with a grand expo called Floriade. Each massive event is held in a different place and in 2012 it was carved out of a forest near Venlo, close to the Dutch border with Germany. Ideas? Well it had a few!

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Art in the Garden

Art in the Garden

Even the driveway is part of the art in Scotland’s inspiring private sculpture park, Jupiter Artland.

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Arylies

Arylies

Over a lifetime Bev McConnell has created one of the world’s great gardens – and it’s just outside Auckland.

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Australia's Best Rose Gardens

Australia's Best Rose Gardens

Need to know where to find the best rose gardens in Australia? We've done the hard yards for you, and here they are.

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Autumn in Linda's Garden

Autumn in Linda's Garden

My garden on the coast about one and a half hours north of Sydney is a relaxed mix of coastal natives, blue bamboo, succulents and tough exotics. 

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Berrara

Berrara

Myles Baldwin first saw the shingled walls of this house and its garden of, mixed planting and lawn leading to the beach, when he was holidaying with mates. He liked its style. Five years later one of his clients bought the house, which is at Berrara, on the south coast of NSW, near Sussex Inlet. Myles was asked to tweak the garden ‘a little’. 

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Better balcony gardens

Better balcony gardens

In this extract from his new book ‘Small Garden Design’, Paul Bangay shares his tips for that most difficult small garden - the balcony.

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Bondi

Bondi

Bondi is known for its beach, babes and bikinis, and not for its gardens. But this is where I find one of Australia’s most imaginative pocket-sized spaces. 

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Bronte House

Bronte House

Bronte House does not open to the public often. So when the opportunity arises gardeners line up to catch a glimpse of this Sydney treasure. Catch Sandra Ross there at the Spring Open Day, September 18 2016. Carla Petit has been looking after the garden for four years, continuing a tradition of highly skilled gardeners who have cared for this histric house and garden. Here she tell us what's happening.

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Chelsea 2015

Chelsea 2015

After her first trip to the Chelsea Flower Show Robin Powell gave us her impressions. It was a show that reminded us of the beauty of nature barely gardened, and of gardens tended intensively.

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Chelsea magic

Chelsea magic

Chelsea is a magical garden world as full of dreams and emotion as it of of sheer hard work and skill. We took three groups on Opening Day this year and asked the tour leaders to tell us what moved them most.

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Chinoiserie

Chinoiserie

Most of us choose to garden where we live; Dominic Wong chose to live where he wanted to garden.

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Clever

Clever

Robin Powell sifts through her ideas file, drawn from a year of garden visiting, to find garden inspirations, both practical and whimsical. Aren’t some people clever!


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