Time to Upskill

It’s astonishing how few opportunities there are available for the home gardener that is keen to learn more.

So it’s time to run some courses.  I’ve been talking about it since I started this blog five years ago!DSC_0077

So here’s our start – two single-day courses in Woodend, Victoria under the title ‘Mastering the Art of Gardening’.  One will focus on the layout of the home garden, and the other on the planting.  You won’t think about garden design or planting design in the same way ever again!

Check out the links below, and come and join us.  Places are very limited indeed.

Mastering the Art of Gardening – The Design

Mastering the Art of Gardening – The Plants

 

 

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Self-promo Warning!

As awkward as I find using this page for explicit self promotion (and I specify ‘explicit’, as what can a blog be but self-promotion of some kind or other?…), I’m committed to the success of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, at which I’m speaking in a few weeks (Sunday June 11), being interviewed by journalist Jen Vuk.

This isn’t a garden talk, as such.  Under the ‘Words and Ideas’ section of festival events, Jen will be talking to me about my life in gardening and design, looking at all the riches I’ve discovered there, and those yet to be explored.

Click this link for more details.  There’s other fabulous things happening on that day, so come to Woodend and make a day of it, or even a full weekend of it!

And while I’m making the leap over this self-promotional hurdle, the Dream Gardens was released on DVD yesterday!  Available from ABC online and in ABC Centres Australia-wide. It’s also available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play

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A Few Tulipy Highlights on a Rare Sunny Spring Day

A couple of years back my mother-in-law gave me the best present ever – a gift voucher from a bulb supplier.  In this case, Marcus Harvey’s Hillview Rare Plants. Continue reading

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Wilting Convictions

Me on deckJust back again from the deliciously juicy, turgid gardens of Marlborough, NZ, and while I’ve been ranting about the joys and the unrealized potential of dry gardening for years, I still find that I can have the wind punched from my guts by gardens so hydrated – so pumped with H2O – that I feel like some desiccated, no-longer-functional part of my physiology or psychology is being revivified by osmosis alone. Continue reading

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Digiwhat?

Many thanks to GardenDrum, which inadvertently answered a lurking plant identification problem I had.

It’s curious, in this day and age of information accessibility, how hard it can be to identify unknown plants.  If you don’t have someone to ask, there’s nowhere else to turn.  One day we’ll have the horticultural equivalent of Shazam (where your phone can listen to, and identify a song), but meanwhile…. Continue reading

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