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Foster a Plant

The Foster Care Association of Victoria has launched a campaign calling on the public to ‘foster a plant’ over the month of September. To get involved all you need to do is purchase a plant, or even utilise one you already have to take up a......

Royal Queensland Show Rose

The Royal Queensland Show (Affectionately know as Ekka) kicks off this Friday in Brisbane, running 10 days from 5-14 August This year they have implemented a brand-new precinct, with The Old Museum coming home to Ekka after 119 years to form the new Flower & Garden Exhibition,......

Hortiman to host NEW Ekka Flower & Garden precinct

This year’s Ekka (The Royal Queensland Show) will feature a brand-new Flower & Garden precinct, of which I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be hosting! For those unfamiliar with the event, Ekka is Queensland’s largest event and will attract more than 400,000 people over......

QLD Garden Expo 2016

Queensland Garden Expo is coming up between 8 and 10 July on the beautiful Sunshine Coast. If you haven’t been before, this event has plenty to offer serious plant-addicts, as well as those looking to learn from the more than 100 stage presentations. Over 40......

Congratulations to Charlie

Congratulations to Charlie Albone on his second Silver Gilt Medal in as many years at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show. “Winning consecutive silver gilt medals at the Chelsea Flower Show is a dream come true. I am incredibly proud to represent Australia in an event......

Husqvarna 536LiL

Last year I mentioned my desire to review the new generation of battery power equipment coming onto the Australian market for both consumer and professional use. Today the first of these items arrived for testing from Husqvarna Australia. The Husqvarna 536LiL is a professionally-orientated 36V......

Crepe Myrtle Magic for Summer

This summer is set to sizzle with the release of 3 new semi-dwarf Crepe Myrtles known as ‘The Magic Series’ from Fleming’s Nurseries in early 2016. Each of these new varieties grows to only 1.8m x 1.8m and feature colourful new growth that ages to......

My Park Rules

The 202020 Vision have launched a new program to encourage communities and schools to improve the Plant/Life Balance of places that kids play by entering a new competition this spring – My Park Rules. The competition is open to community owned places including: Kindergarten and Day Care Centres, Public......

Not such a shiitake idea…

Scientists form Mexico’s Metropolitan Autonomous University have been looking into the use of mushrooms to degrade the 5oo tonnes of diapers that end up in Mexican landfill daily. Don’t worry, only urine soaked nappies are used in the process and the byproducts are not for......

Charlie Albone takes on Chelsea Flower Show 2015

  This year’s Chelsea Flower Show will feature an emotive garden design by Foxtel’s Selling Houses Australia presenter and landscape designer Charlie Albone, sponsored by Husqvarna and Gardena. The garden titled ‘The time in between’ has been designed as a space where Charlie could express......

#gardenselfie Competition

Snap a #gardenselfie and upload it for your chance to win great prizes thanks to Gardena Australia. We want to see your beautiful faces out in the garden or amongst plants. It could be in your backyard, a public park or even next to your......

The Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge

The Great Backyard Pumpkin Challenge has kicked off again for the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show! You can enter any of the 10 pumpkin classes available covering all shapes and sizes, including the very popular Celebrity Look-Alike (See First Prize winning ‘Princess Kate Pumpkin from 2014) and Best Decorated classes....

Brisbane Garden Show Launch

Later this week I will be traveling up to Brisbane to help launch the Brisbane International Garden Show to the media. Next year Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine will be transformed into a horticultural play-land  incorporating landscape display gardens, a program of talks and demonstrations, a......

The Golden Child Child Rose

Today I had the pleasure of attending the Christening of the ‘Golden Child’ rose at Swane’s Nursery, Dural. This beautiful yellow rose raises funds for the Steve Waugh Foundation and their support for children and young adults affected by rare diseases. It was great to......