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Garden Road Trip: Adelaide

Garden Road Trip: Adelaide

Adelaide’s roses are a treat in both spring and in autumn, and there is plenty more to discover in a city that loves its gardens.


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Garden Road Trip: Mount Wilson

Garden Road Trip: Mount Wilson

The village of Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney is famous for its cool climate gardens, which in spring are a picture! Our advice? Make a day of it!

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Garden Road Trip: Olinda

Garden Road Trip: Olinda

Stands of giant mountain ash and lush tree ferns adorn even the roadsides around Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges, just outside Melbourne. Landscape designer and local, Philip Johnson shared some favourite horticultural haunts.

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Garden Road Trip: Rydal

Garden Road Trip: Rydal

Hosts of golden daffodils dance in the wind when the tiny village of Rydal, just east of Lithgow, celebrates the Daffodils at Rydal festival. Robin Powell takes you there.

 


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Garden Road Trip: Singapore

Garden Road Trip: Singapore

The Singapore stopover might once have been about shopping, but now it’s about gardens. Add these destinations to your itinerary.

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Goldfields

Goldfields

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Great Dixter

Great Dixter

Is this old place England’s most exciting contemporary garden?

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Great Ideas

Great Ideas

Want some great garden ideas. Grab some tips and trends from the professionals who showed gardens in this year’s Hidden Design Festival.


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Great ideas from Country Victoria

Great ideas from Country Victoria

We found plenty of inspiration on our Ross Garden Tour of country Victoria last spring. Here are a few of our favourite ideas – all worth including in your own garden.

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Highfields

Highfields

In November 2014 David Kennedy and Andrew Dunshea, creators of Katoomba’s wonderful Clover Hill, embarked on a new garden over the mountain in Little Hartley. In this extract from Claire Takacs’ new book, ‘Australian Dreamscapes’, David tells what happened next

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Hummelo

Hummelo

Claire Takacs is one of the world’s leading garden photographers. Piet Oudolf is the world's most famous garden designer. Here’s what happened when Claire visited Piet’s garden, Hummelo.

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Ideas from Marlborough

Ideas from Marlborough

Marlborough's hills, valleys and coastlines have seen much change over the past two hundred years. Maori hunted flightless birds; squatters grew flax and farmed sheep for wool; a tinned rabbit industry briefly bloomed to deal with the rabbits introduced for ‘sport’ - until a shipload of tinned rabbit exploded in the Thames on its way to the London docks and now it’s wine that makes the region’s fortunes as the world continues to fall in love with the flavours of Marlborough savvy.


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Iguazu Falls

Iguazu Falls

Iguazu is more than just a waterfall, says an exhilarated Robin Powell

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In my garden: Frog Hollow

In my garden: Frog Hollow

Linda’s garden at Catherine Hill Bay had a few false starts as killer black frosts and maddening weeds wreaked their worst, but it now has a welcoming sense of place.

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In My Garden: Wendy Whiteley

In My Garden: Wendy Whiteley

Wendy Whiteley’s harbourside garden is Sydney’s secret public park. Here Wendy tells us about the garden in Autumn.



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In our garden: Wildwood

In our garden: Wildwood

A cool-climate garden of five acres gives Sue and Wayne Tapping room to grow the beauties they love. Here they share what’s keeping them busy this spring


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In the Garden: Broughton Hall

In the Garden: Broughton Hall

Find out what David Musker is up to at Broughton Hall in Victoria

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In the Garden: Cruden Farm

In the Garden: Cruden Farm

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch’s much-loved garden is on the brink of its big show as spring begins.Head gardener Mitch Burns takes us behind the scenes.

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In the garden: Highfields

In the garden: Highfields

As spring melts into the first days of summer Highfields is filled with the fragrance of roses, masses of floral colour and the murmur of the waterfall tumbling into the ponds.

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In the garden: Red Cow Farm

In the garden: Red Cow Farm

In 1990, Ali Mentesh stood in the bald paddocks of Red Cow Farm and dreamed of a canopy of trees, a woodland-edged lake, and garden rooms fragrant with roses. In making the dream reality Ali turned himself into a garden designer sought-after for his imagination, and his hands-on experience of plants and how best to grow them.


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In the garden: Retford Park

In the garden: Retford Park

Rick Shepherd, head gardener at Bowral’s grand Retford Park, dishes the dirt on what goes on in the garden in spring.

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In the garden: Sea-changer

In the garden: Sea-changer

Four years ago garden designer Peter Nixon traded in his inner-city Sydney courtyard for a big blank corner block on the Central Coast and turned it into this!

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Is Villa Gamberaia the most romantic garden in Italy?

Is Villa Gamberaia the most romantic garden in Italy?

We join a long line of world-weary travellers who have fallen for the charms of Villa Gamberaia hook, line and sinker.

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Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes

Glamour and romance are the twin themes of a stay in Stressa. Robin Powell took a room with a view and was enchanted.

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Jaipur - The Pink City

Jaipur - The Pink City

Bustle, colour, beauty and great stories: Peter Whitehead reveals some of the allure of Jaipur, and tells why he can’t wait to take Ross Garden tours first trip to India.

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Japan in Autumn

Japan in Autumn

Cherry blossom season might make all the headlines but Graham says that in autumn Japan glows with a gentle beauty.

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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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Japanese Gardens

Japanese Gardens

We love Japanese gardens so much we visit twice a year: in spring to catch the fleeting magic of the cherry blossom season; and again in autumn when the maples and chrysanthemums are at their best. 

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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.


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Lambley's Garden

Lambley's Garden

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Lessons From a Master

Lessons From a Master

10 top tips for better gardens from Fergus Garrett


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Longwood

Longwood

Money isn't an essential ingredient of a great garden, but my, can’t it help! Michael McCoy reports on how the dollars show at the lavishly loved Longwood Gardens.

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Macquarie Island

Macquarie Island

Hobart’s Botanic Gardens is home to an unusual glasshouse with a collection of plants from Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. Robin Powell wrapped up warm to collect stories from one of the wildest places on earth.

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Marqueyssac

Marqueyssac

When it comes to box, this iconic French garden thinks outside the square! No flowers, few trees, few paths, but amazing views – and more than 150,000 sculpted box.

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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 Anna van der Gardner

Meet Anna van der Gardner

Meet Anna van der Gardner

Resident (and gardener), Bronte House

The gardens at Bronte House have been an inspiration to Sydney gardners for decades.



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Meet Dave Gray: Head gardener, Everglades

Meet Dave Gray: Head gardener, Everglades

For the last two years Dave Gray has been head gardener at Everglades, a National Trust property in Leura, designed and built through the 1930s by Paul Sorensen.

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Meet Jane Irwin: Landscape architect

Meet Jane Irwin: Landscape architect

Meet Jane Irwin: Landscape architect. Jane Irwin’s exciting re-design of the Eastern Terrace gardens at NSW Government House is bound to influence the way we think about Sydney gardens.

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Meet Keith and Maureene Smith

Meet Keith and Maureene Smith

Cancer fundraisers and plant propagators

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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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