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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Seconds and Centuries

Back in the years leading up to August 1661 Le Notre used recent mathematical revelations about the angle of incidence equaling the angle of reflection to design a pool at Vaux le Vicomte that perfectly and fully reflected the façade of this very beautiful chateau.

Three hundred and fifty-three years and nine months after the grand-opening later, I stood on the far side of this pond with one of my travel group, waiting for a brief moment when the breeze would die, and I could snap a pic.

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DP Wows with Humility, Once Again

I almost missed Dan Pearson’s garden.

I ran into an old buddy in the Grand Pavillion at Chelsea, and he asked me what my favourite garden was, then

Ed: ‘What did you think of Dan Pearson’s garden?’.

Me: ‘What?  Dan’s here?  I didn’t even know he had a garden here!’

Ed: ‘It blows everything else out of the water’. Continue reading

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