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Know your: balcony flowers

Know your: balcony flowers

Add some summer dazzle to a sunny balcony with these pot-loving beauties.

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Lambley's Garden

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Matsue

Matsue

Flying into Matsue, on the shores of Lake Shinjii, the ground glows green with rice and buckwheat. The area is famous for its soba noodles, ancient samurai houses, moated castle - and a succession of cherry blossom, peonies, azaleas and wisteria through spring.

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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 Scott Pollock

Meet Scott Pollock

Meet Scott Pollock - Manager, Retford Park. James Fairfax believed that his beautiful Southern Highlands property, Retford Park, should be preserved for the enjoyment of the community. So he gave it to the National Trust, who took over the reins in August 2017.

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Meet Tahnee Carroll, Stylist and plant-lover

Meet Tahnee Carroll, Stylist and plant-lover

Tahnee Carroll has never seen a room that can’t be made more appealing with a plant or two, as she explains in this extract from a new book on indoor plants, ‘Leaf Supply’.

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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 Tom Coward: Head gardener at Gravetye Manor

Meet Tom Coward: Head gardener at Gravetye Manor

Gravetye Manor is the garden of the influential English gardener, William Robinson. Robin Powell spoke to its current head gardener Tom Coward about its historical accuracy and modern excitement.

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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: Michael Bates

Meet: Michael Bates

When Michael Bates took a holiday and garden study trip to Sri Lanka, it changed his life - and his garden.


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Meet: Peta Donaldson, garden designer

Meet: Peta Donaldson, garden designer

The Urban Gardens at the Australian Garden Show Sydney were spaces for new designers to show what they could do with a limited budget and compact, 5m x 5m spaces. Best of an exciting bunch was The Terrace by Peta Donaldson, which included water and fire in a wonderfully inviting space.

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Meet: Philip Johnson, landscape designer

Meet: Philip Johnson, landscape designer

Sustainable landscape designer Philip Johnson generated rare garden-related headlines when his ‘Trailfinders Australian Garden’ took out the Best in Show award at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2013. What happened next?

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Meet: Steve Warner

Meet: Steve Warner

Meet Steve Warner, joy giver. Steve Warner, landscape designer and owner of Outhouse Design, is a big believer in giving back. So when Fairy Sparkle needed help making a garden at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick guess who she asked!

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Meet: Stuart Pittendrigh

Meet: Stuart Pittendrigh

Barangaroo Point, Sydney’s great new harbourside park will soon open to the public. Before the ribbons are cut, meet the project’s horticultural consultant, Stuart Pittendrigh.

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Melbourne's Flower Garden Show 2014

Melbourne's Flower Garden Show 2014

We pick our favourite moments from Melbourne 2014.

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Mien Ruys

Mien Ruys

If you’ve ever used a railway sleeper in a garden design you owe a debt to Dutch designer Mien Ruys, the so-called Mother of Modernism. Sandra visited her inspirational garden and wandered through its history of 20th century garden design.

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Oakwood

Oakwood

Wonderfully eccentric, personal, witty and beautiful. The garden of sculptors, Fulko Cooper and Maureen Craig is both drawing board and artwork; a house, garden, studio and gallery space that inspires. Welcome to Oakwood.

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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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Possumwood

Possumwood

In the misty hills of Robertson in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Myles Baldwin designed a modern rendition of a walled perennial garden, with a twist. He tells the story in his new book, ‘Rural Australian Gardens’.

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Powis of Scotland

Powis of Scotland

Powis Castle is a medieval fortress and grand country manor of striking red limestone that perches on top of a hill. Its crenelated battlements reach into the clouds and its mullioned windows overlook Italianate terraces planted up with fine herbaceous borders. Fromteh lake-like lawn at the bottom of the hill the castle appears to be resting on lumpy cushions. The are giant yews, planted as a hedge in the 1720s. The intervening centuries have allowed them to bulge and slouch and become their individual selves, rather than a single well-behaved entity. They’re called tumps, and look like giant green bean bags balanced on the weathered red brick wall. From their vantage point they have watched 400 years of history and garden-making play out in the grounds of Powis.

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Roberto Burle Marx

Roberto Burle Marx

Sandra visits the house and garden of the highly influential tropical garden designer Roberto Burle Marx and is inspired by his artistry.

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Rose Companions

Rose Companions

A swooningly beautiful rose garden isn’t just about the roses; it’s the plants that accompany the roses that complete the scene. Here are some awesome companions to plant with your roses.

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Roses at Red Cow Farm

Roses at Red Cow Farm

Seduced by the colour, forms and perfumes of roses, Ali Mentesh has already collected some 200 to adorn the garden rooms at Red Cow Farm. Can he choose a favourite?

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Secret Garden

Secret Garden

Secret Gardens is one of Sydney’s most successful garden businesses – designing, constructing and maintaining beautiful gardens across the city. In this extract from a new book featuring 19 of the company’s finest gardens, founder Matt Cantwell explains how a garden can balance privacy with views out - and into - the garden.

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Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst

One of the world’s most influential and visited gardens, Sissinghurst, is undergoing a change, as Vita Sackville-West’s grandson Adam Nicolson wrestles with the integrity of the garden and its surroundings. Linda Ross reports.

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Small space: big ideas

Small space: big ideas

A small space shouldn't deprive anyone of a great garden. Robin Powell is looking at some impressive small spaces with new plants and containers, new colours and loads of other big ideas.

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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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Stringybark Cottage

Stringybark Cottage

Carved out of the forests of the sunshine coast hinterland is a garden of surprising sculptures, rare and unusual plants and great charm


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The Blues

The Blues

Sandra Ross sings the praises of the blues, and finds inspiration from fine gardens around the world for using azure, cornflower, powder, navy, violet, lavender and mauve in our planting palettes.

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The Lingering Garden

The Lingering Garden

In the heart of the frenzied bustle of modern Shanghai is an altogether different thrill, the 450-year old Garden of Leisurely Repose. Linda Ross visits.

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The Wrap Up: Chelsea Flower Show 2013

The Wrap Up: Chelsea Flower Show 2013

As Linda packs her bag for Chelsea 2014 she reflects on what has kept her humming with inspiration all year from Chelsea 2013.

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The Wrap Up: Chelsea Flower Show 2015

The Wrap Up: Chelsea Flower Show 2015

Andrew Fisher Tomlin reviews the world’s greatest flower show.

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The Wrap Up: Hidden Festival of Outdoor Design

The Wrap Up: Hidden Festival of Outdoor Design

On a sodden April weekend some of Sydney’s professionally designed gardens opened their gates to visitors for the Hidden Festival of Outdoor Design. There were 21 gardens, lots of rain, and plenty of take-home ideas for solving everyday design issues in our own gardens. Here are a few of our favourites.

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Two Gardeners The Cruden Farm Garden Diaries

Two Gardeners The Cruden Farm Garden Diaries

Most mornings Dame Elisabeth Murdoch and her gardener Michael Morrison shared a breakfast of tea and toast and discussed the day’s plans for the garden. Michael filled in a garden diary, as requested by Dame Elisabeth early in their working relationship. The diaries have now been published as 'Cruden Farm Garden Diaries' by Penguin/Lantern, with explanatory text by journalist Lisa Clausen and contemporary photographs by Simon Griffiths. This brief extract shows how the diaries chart not just the garden, but also the attitude of its gardeners to each other.

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Under the cherry blossom

Under the cherry blossom

Japanese gardens are admired and imitated by garden lovers around the world. Here are just three reasons we love them.


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Woodbridge, Tasmania

Woodbridge, Tasmania

Robin Powell admires the view with pioneering heirloom apple grower Bob Magnus, whose ideas about pruning will change your mind about how to grow apples.

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Woolmers Estate, Tasmania

Woolmers Estate, Tasmania

Woolmers Estate, in northern Tasmania was home to six generations of the Archer family. For the past decade it has housed the National Rose Garden. Libby Cameron renewed her love of the rose on a recent visit.

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Wychwood

Wychwood

After a frenetic season of growth through summer and spring, autumn brings an easing into the relaxation of winter. Wychwood’s Peter Cooper tells Robin Powell why he loves the garden in winter.

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