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Pop-up for summer: Sculpture Garden restaurant revived

LAUNCHING what new NGA director Gerard Vaughan called calls “a reformulation of the Sculpture Garden restaurant”, media and gallery staff today joined food mover and shaker Stephanie Alexander for a light lunch that put together food and art. Long hidden behind the Fujiko Nakaya ‘Fog sculpture’ at the NGA, the restaurant is now enlivened by […]

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Canberra City Farm sustainable living exhibit in Turner opens

SHANE Rattenbury has opened the Canberra City Farm sustainable living exhibit in Turner. “The sustainable living exhibit created by Canberra City Farm provides locals with a great demonstration on how they can incorporate environmentally sustainable practices in their own garden, whether they have a big backyard or small courtyard,” Mr Rattenbury said. “The exhibit features […]

Open Garden / Tropical rainforest to glow at twilight

AMONG palms, twinkling lights and art sculptures, landscapers Terry and Mia Fox’s garden is a place to meander past bubbling ponds, ferns and maples, traverse the rainforest boardwalk and enjoy views over Bruce Ridge nature reserve and Black Mountain. The front garden is formal and neat, with repeated plantings of structural hedges and driveway beds, […]

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Gungahlin’s Bunnings is going up

BUNNINGS have announced the development of a new Bunnings Warehouse in Gungahlin. Development of the new $59 million Bunnings Warehouse Gungahlin is currently on schedule. Construction has recently commenced with ADCO Constructions appointed as the builder. Approximately 180 jobs are expected to be created in the local community following the opening of the Warehouse, offering […]

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 […]