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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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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 Simon Griffiths

Meet Simon Griffiths

Meet Simon Griffiths, Garden photographerSimon Griffiths is one of Australia’s best-known garden photographers. He’s also a gardener, and his new book ‘Garden Love’ features his own garden in Kyneton, Victoria, as well as favourites from around the country.

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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 Tiffany Bignold

Meet Tiffany Bignold

Meet Tiffany Bignold, Heritage rose lover and Parramatta Park gardener. The Rumsey Rose Garden in Parramatta Park is a quiet place in the city fragrant with the blooms of 203 heritage roses.

 

 


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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: ​Richard Anderson, horticulturist and plant collector

Meet: ​Richard Anderson, horticulturist and plant collector

Robin talks to Richard about discovering new plants and propagating them to bring them market.

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Meet: Alex Elliott-Howery

Meet: Alex Elliott-Howery

Meet Alex Elliott-Howery, pickler and community builder.To say that Alex Elliott-Howery and her husband James Grant have a café doesn’t begin to tell the story. Cornersmith is not just a café, but a pickling and preserving business and school, and a trading hub for the produce gardeners of Marrickville.


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Meet: Angus Stewart

Meet: Angus Stewart

Meet Angus Stewart. Plant breeder, gardener and new resident of the Apple Isle. He is also our favourite native wildflower enthusiast.

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Meet: Anita Rayner

Meet: Anita Rayner

Meet Anita Rayner, Head gardener, Sydney Living Museums. The gardens at Vaucluse House are one of Sydney’s historic horticultural treasures. Anita Rayner fell in love with them at first sight; now she runs them.

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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. We take a wander though the garden with her.

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Meet: Annie Hughes, botanical artist

Meet: Annie Hughes, botanical artist

Fascinated by the colours and textures of seeds and fruits, Annie Hughes talks about her paintings.

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Meet: Bethany Linz

Meet: Bethany Linz

Meet Bethany Linz. Wallpaper and textile designer. Bringing the garden inside develops a whole new meaning with Bethany Linz’ botanically inspired wallpapers.


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Meet: Beverly Allen, botanical artist

Meet: Beverly Allen, botanical artist

Beverly's background is in graphic design and illustration, however her discovery of Shirley Sherwood’s beautiful book ‘Contemporary Botanical Artists’ turned her to plants!

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Meet: Bob Cherry, our favourite modern-day-plant-hunter

Meet: Bob Cherry, our favourite modern-day-plant-hunter

After 40 years developing plants and showing them off in the beautiful gardens at Paradise Plants at Gosford on the Central Coast of NSW, plant hunter and developer Bob Cherry is selling up and moving on. Graham Ross spoke with him about his work.

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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: Brigitte Eckardt, Rose Grower, Green E Roses

Meet: Brigitte Eckardt, Rose Grower, Green E Roses

Need some advice on roses? Meet a walking rose encyclopedia!

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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: Charlotte Thodey, painter

Meet: Charlotte Thodey, painter

We talk to Charlotte about her work and her exhibition at Chateau de Villandry.

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Meet: Clarence Slockee - Proud Bundjalung man & horticulturist

Meet: Clarence Slockee - Proud Bundjalung man & horticulturist

Clarence came to Sydney to study music and dance; his interest in the bush and the relationships between animals, plants and people led him to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Meet: Criss Canning, still life painter

Meet: Criss Canning, still life painter

Criss Canning is one of Australia’s foremost painters of still life. Her meticulous and harmonious compositions impart a sense of serenity, while the colour palate is rich and sensuous. Most of her paintings feature plants from the garden at Burnside and Sandra asked her about the link between the garden and her art.

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Meet: Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast, curator of Latitude 23

Meet: Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast, curator of Latitude 23

Meet Dr Dale Dixon, tropical plant enthusiast and curator of 'Latitude 23' at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.

 

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Meet: David Jones, plantsman, researcher and writer

Meet: David Jones, plantsman, researcher and writer

Libby Cameron talks to David Jones about his love of orchids and his book, 'Starting Out with Orchids'.

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Meet: David Kennedy

Meet: David Kennedy

David Kennedy’s Katoomba garden Clover Hill is a showcase of rare cool climate gems. With no room left, the avid plant collector and nurseryman has started a new garden over the mountains.


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Meet: David Lawry, director, Avenues of Honour

Meet: David Lawry, director, Avenues of Honour

David Lawry has a simple, grand idea – that the life of every Australian killed in combat is commemorated in a living tree. We spoke with him about bringing the vision to life. 

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Meet: Doug Puride, urban beekeeper

Meet: Doug Puride, urban beekeeper

We talk to the busy-bee-owner of Urban Honey in Sydney.

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Meet: Dr Alistair Hay, brugmansia expert

Meet: Dr Alistair Hay, brugmansia expert

The huge scented flowers of the brugmansia are show-stoppers. For Dr Alistair Hay, formerly a senior research scientist and director of public programs at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, they have also been life-changers. He tells Robin Powell how it happened.

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Meet: Elaine Musgrave, botanical artist

Meet: Elaine Musgrave, botanical artist

Elaine Musgrave works from a renovated stable in the wonderful garden created by her husband Les at Wildes Meadow in the Southern Highlands. Here we talk to her about her work.

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Meet: Elizabeth Rundle, peony-lover

Meet: Elizabeth Rundle, peony-lover

Peonies seduced Elizabeth Rundle when she was just 16. She’s been a fan ever since, growing and selling tree peonies through a mail-order nursery, first in Canberra and now in Ballarat. Here she shares her story.

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Meet: Erin Martin, horticulturist, The Grounds of Alexandria cafe

Meet: Erin Martin, horticulturist, The Grounds of Alexandria cafe

Erin can be found among the raised garden beds, most days, at The Grounds of Alexandria, corner of Huntley and Bourke streets, Alexandria, Sydney. It's not only the best place to grab a coffee, or sweet pastries, or lunch; you can walk around a productive, super-charming, snack track!

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Meet: Finbarr O’Leary, horticulturist and rose trialler for Swanes nursery

Meet: Finbarr O’Leary, horticulturist and rose trialler for Swanes nursery

Swane's Nursery CEO Finbarr O'Leary talks about the effort required to bring new roses to market.

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Meet: Gaby Porter, sculptor

Meet: Gaby Porter, sculptor

Sculptor Gaby Porter has spent the past 15 years transforming a pocket of Illawarra remnant rainforest into a sculpture garden. Using sandstone, bronze, concrete, ceramic and even sticks, Gaby creates site-specific works that relate to the garden around them. Here the Garden Clinic spoke with her about her work.

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Meet: Geoff Duggan, landscape planning officer, The Australian Botanic Garden

Meet: Geoff Duggan, landscape planning officer, The Australian Botanic Garden

A discussion with Geoff Duggan about his work creating native daisy meadows at the Australian Botanic Garden in Mount Annan.

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Meet: Geoffrey Head, Nielsen Park bush regenerator

Meet: Geoffrey Head, Nielsen Park bush regenerator

Geoffrey Head has spent the last 12 years tending to the Eastern Suburbs jewel-in-the-crown Nielsen Park. Today we catch up with him.

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Meet: George Low, David Jones Sydney flower show designer

Meet: George Low, David Jones Sydney flower show designer

George talks about 20 years working with the iconic David Jones flower show in Sydney.

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Meet: Gil Teague, bookseller

Meet: Gil Teague, bookseller

Gil Teague’s Florilegium has published some of our best garden writers, including Peter Valder, Margaret Hibbert, Michael McCoy and Alistair Hay, but we know it best as Australia’s only specialist garden bookshop.


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Meet: Graeme Parr: wisteria expert

Meet: Graeme Parr: wisteria expert

Oh hello big dose of flower envy. We'd do any thing for wisteria! Graeme has been growing wisteria for the nursery trade for 20 years. Here he shares his top tips for growing great flowering wisteria.

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Meet: Holly Kerr Forsyth, garden writer, friend and philospher

Meet: Holly Kerr Forsyth, garden writer, friend and philospher

We pop into Holly's garden, stay for tea and fall a little bit in love.

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Meet: Indira Naidoo, passionate balcony gardener

Meet: Indira Naidoo, passionate balcony gardener

Former ABC and SBS newsreader Indira Naidoo followed her passion for food all the way to a balcony garden - and a book, ‘The Edible Balcony’. We spoke with her about the value of gardening skills, and how she hopes to inspire visitors to the Australian Garden Show Sydney to turn their gardens into places for play.

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