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Open garden / Rare plants in a very personal garden

ENGLISH snowdrops, roses and woodland plants take centre stage at Jim and Peronelle Windeyer’s pretty, scented Red Hill garden, with red brick paths leading visitors past layers of flowering shrubs, azaleas, perennials and other rare plants. Much of the beauty of the garden is in the front, as the couple say that possums have taken […]

Open garden / Native challenge in a ‘rainforest gully’

WITH an abundance of moisture-loving plants in a “rainforest gully” microclimate protected by mature eucalypts, Brad Pillans’ Jerrabomberra garden features a range of natives that don’t usually grow in Canberra. “I love to try plants that people say will never survive here – I like the challenge of bringing a rainforest plant to frosty Canberra,” […]

Australian native plant spring sale is on this Saturday at the Botanic Gardens

THE Australian Native Plant Society is holding their spring sale this Saturday at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. The society promises the best range of Australian plants in Canberra, including many local species. They advise you should get in early for the best selection – and bring a bag or box for your purchases. With […]

Government House open to the public this Sunday

CANBERRA’S grandest residence, Government House, is letting the public see what the corridors of power look like with an open day this Sunday at the Governor-General’s residence. The iconic property, which dates back to 1828, will hold a free Open House from 10:00am – 4:00pm, with visitors able to explore public areas of the house […]

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Open Gardens Australia pulling up stumps

THE Open Gardens Australia Board of Directors has decided to make the 2014-2015 season the not-for-profit organisation’s last. The decision was made in light of developments in the economy and technology that have seen Open Gardens Australia experience increasing financial pressures over a number of years, leading to uncertainty for its long-term viability. CEO, Liz […]