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Meet: Richard Barley, CEO, Open Gardens Australia

Meet: Richard Barley, CEO, Open Gardens Australia

The mission of Open Gardens Australia is to promote the joys and benefits of gardens and gardening. Over 25 years garden-lovers have been inspired by what other gardeners have achieved, and more than $5 million has been raised for charity. There was more good news this year when Richard Barley received a prestigious international award. We asked him all about it.

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Meet: Richard Heathcote, director, Carrick Hill

Meet: Richard Heathcote, director, Carrick Hill

In spring of 2014 an unusual bloom will open in the gardening world – the world’s only Museum of Gardening. It will be housed in the grounds of historic Carrick Hill in Adelaide. Robin Powell spoke with Carrick Hill director Richard Heathcote.

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Meet: Sally Newman

Meet: Sally Newman

Meet Sally Newman, Owner, Yandina Station

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Meet: Sharon Drinkwater, Iris grower

Meet: Sharon Drinkwater, Iris grower

Irises are in the family of Sharon Drinkwater. Her father, Graeme Grosvenor, started Rainbow Ridge Nursery in Dural on the outskirts of Sydney in 1970. The nursery is Australia’s largest specialist iris and daylily nursery and has won multiple awards for its world-class hybrids. The nursery recently relocated to a picturesque paddock outside Orange and right now it’s overflowing with a rainbow of iris blooms.

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Meet: Sheridan Rogers, food writer

Meet: Sheridan Rogers, food writer

Sheridan Rogers is a food writer and broadcaster. Robin Powell talks to her about her work and her vegetable garden.

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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: Steven Prowse, frangipani breeder

Meet: Steven Prowse, frangipani breeder

Robin chats to the expert on frangipanis.

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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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Meet: Tamara Cannon, charity worker

Meet: Tamara Cannon, charity worker

Greenhouses are producing life-saving vegetables in the high-altitude desert villages of Ladakh, thanks to the Australian charity Lille Fro. Robin Powell spoke to its founder Tamara Cannon.

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Meet: Tim Entwisle, director, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Meet: Tim Entwisle, director, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Professor Tim Entwisle has returned to become the new director and chief executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne after a few years at the RBG Sydney and RBG Kew in London. Graham Ross caught up with him.

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Meet: Tim Heard, native bee expert

Meet: Tim Heard, native bee expert

Tim is an entomologist working in the area of using native insects to control weed populations. Here we talk to him about his passion for native bees.

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Meet: Tim Pickles, nurseryman

Meet Tim Pickles, nurseryman. Some of our most popular Garden Classes are those we run with the effusive Tim Pickles at Tim’s Garden Centre in Cambelltown. Now, meet the man behind the name.


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Meet: Tony Lennon, botanical sculptor

Meet: Tony Lennon, botanical sculptor

Tony Lennon shapes rock, tree fern or bone to create a home for an orchid, which wraps its roots into its host to form a living sculpture. We talked with him about his work.

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Meet: Tracey Deep, floral sculptor

Meet: Tracey Deep, floral sculptor

Tracey Deep uses nature as an inspiration for her living sculptures. Here we chat to her about her work and life.

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Mickey's garden

Mickey's garden

Mickey Robertson gardens at Glenmore House near Camden. Sounds like a scene out of Pride and Prejudice? Well yes, you do feel as though you've traveled back in time where women wear linen and the air smells clean. Winter, she says, is crisp mornings thawing to glorious blue-sky days. Early morning reveal traces of frost on cabbage and kale leaves; and sometimes, just sometimes, the paddocks blanketed in white. Evenings also have a rhythm all their own as woodsmoke trails through the valley. Here she shares glimpses of days in her winter garden.

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Relaxed style

Relaxed style

Sydney-based designer Marcia Hosking gave a holiday vibe to this compact garden.

 


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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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Secrets of Bougainvillea

Secrets of Bougainvillea

Jeanne Baret disguised herself as a boy to join her naturalist lover on Louis de Bougainville’s great expedition. A fine botanist in her own right, Jeanne is now thought to have collected the first specimens of bougainvillea in the jungles of Brazil.

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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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