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Gardening / A golden garden surprise

Japanese barberry is the perfect accent plant, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

Where the roses ramble and climb

An informal cottage garden with well-established rambling and climbing roses set among shrubs and mature trees will open this weekend (November 7-8) as part of Open Gardens Canberra's spring season.

Give growing blueberries a go

Every supermarket sells blueberries, but why not try growing them at home, suggests gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / The promise of a super spring

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says the promise of spring rain is setting the season up as the best in several years. 

Getting the hang of floral displays

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says it’s time to create floral displays in baskets or containers, which can last throughout autumn.  

Gardening / Colourful masses of cape weed 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says conditions are perfect for colourful cape weed to bloom on the nature strips..

Time to take stock of the pots

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT urges gardeners to check on any long-neglected pot plants.

When colour explodes in the garden

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT praises spring’s colourful gardens, from daphne’s fragrant purple flowers, to pale pink, early flowering clematis.  

Here come the flowering shrubs 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT celebrates the shrubs coming into flower as the weather warms.

Crabapple’s fragrant blossoms in bloom

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT praises the crabapple for its abundance of fragrant flowers in spring.

A touch of Floriade at Cockington Green

Floriade has been reimagined this year, with sponsored plantings at more than 130 locations. Arts editor HELEN MUSA had a sneak preview at Cockington Green.

Gardening / Taking bold steps to look good

Hard landscaping provides as much ambience to the garden as plants, says gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT.  

Gardening / In praise of kangaroo paws

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT shares his love of kangaroo paws. 

Spring brings the blackbird

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT is looking forward to the imminent arrival of spring and his favourite blackbird.

Gardening guru Cedric has the answers

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT answers readers’ queries, from rose-pruning to potato-planting, and how to divide tall bearded iris in this gardening Q&A.

When daphne’s dreamy fragrance fills the room

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT loves the intense fragrance and winter flowers of daphne.

When the oldies are the goodies

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT praises the old favourites for winter colour.

Gardening / Count to three, then chop

Gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT has some pruning advice.

The symbolism of circles in garden design

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT considers circles, labyrinths and their use in herb garden designs.

Time to tackle the tools for spring

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT’s thoughts are turning to spring, pruning, and sprucing up tools and furniture for the warmer weather.





Telopea Park student named Canberra’s top historian

A year nine Telopea Park School student has been named the ACT Young Historian of the Year at the National History Challenge awards, announced today (November 27).  


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