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Tina’s ‘healing’ garden of plants and mosaics

Gardening is healing for mosaic artist Tina van Raay, whose Campbell garden is her expression space, art gallery, meditation zone and respite for friends and family. 

Let’s talk about the bees and the trees

"I am repeatedly asked about the effect of climate change on gardening from individuals to groups. So let's consider a few facts..." here's this week's gardening column from CEDRIC BRYANT.

Every year, the annual decisions

Annuals have a place in most gardens; Floriade wouldn't survive without the infill of instant colour, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Arts shock: radio station dumps local voices

Arts shock: radio station dumps local announcers in major programming shake up.

Gardening / Getting excited about perennials

Can anyone really get excited about new plants? Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT says he certainly can, especially with the incredible range of perennials.

Days of blossoms and new leaves 

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT is getting terribly excited about the extremely popular deciduous viburnums.

Spare a thought for the tried and true

Sometimes, in a rush to grow newer, better-flowering or improved disease-resistance plants, we may overlook many of the tried and true varieties, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT

Peonies, coming ready or not!

Peonies, pots, lawns and mulch catch the eye of gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT this week.

Gardening / Camellias grow their rewards

The camellia family is one of the most rewarding of ornamental plants, says gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT. 

Time for magnificent magnolias

Magnolias perform well in Canberra and now's the time to select these magnificent shrubs and trees in flower in garden centres, says CEDRIC BRYANT

Gardening / Spring comes in a bright, yellow splash

"Spring is all around with those brilliant yellow splashes of wattle, just one of a multitude of native flora in flower. The honey-eating birds don't know which flower to turn to next!" writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / Hold them or fold them?

PERHAPS it’s time to remove some plants from your garden and multiply others. I’m starting with our nature strip and Scilla peruviana, which grew from...

Gardening / Walk this way – with a purpose

I’M often asked where I get ideas for my column. Well may you ask, having now produced more than 1600 of them since February,1986,...

Gardening / Resist the seed temptation

Don’t try to bring seeds into Australia from overseas, the penalties are dire, warns gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / Pioneers dug in for good

Canberra’s first gardening club is celebrating its 90th birthday and there is much to celebrate, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Gardening / Time to feed hungry plants

It’s a good idea to start feeding all plants that were planted earlier in the autumn; specifically to encourage strong root growth for the coming spring, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Strength of a tree that reminds us of times gone by

This week, gardening writer Cedric Bryant looks at the English oak tree, a species often brought to Australian country towns after WWI.

The buzz about loving bees

Bees and frogs are important indicators of the state of the world’s environment, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.

Dry argument when talking plants

In the garden it's important to look for plants that are drought tolerant rather than drought resistant because drought-tolerant plants require less water to survive, writes gardening columnist CEDRIC BRYANT.  

Blossoms that herald spring

Gardening writer CEDRIC BRYANT has some suggestions of picking the best blossom trees to welcome the spring.

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