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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 new upside of gardening

The new upside of gardening

The show gardens at Singapore's first-ever Horticulture Show earlier this year blurred the boundary between the natural and built environment and introduced us to a whole new place to garden - the ceiling!

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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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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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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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