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What to do and when to do it around Canberra’s gardens and homes

Make the most of fruit trees

WINTER is the time to plant fruit trees and, while it may be a couple of months away, now is the time to think...

The easy-growing, sun lovers

SALVIAS make a wonderful display with many varieties flowering from spring to autumn and even into early winter.  Salvias belong to the mint family, Lamiaceae,...

Hot news, light pavers

MORE and more homes have large doors opening on to an outdoor area as an extension of the home. If this area is not...

Paradise rises from the blisters

“IT has been a real challenge and through blistered hands and aching muscles, we have achieved what we believe to be our little piece...

Pretty as a ‘Poker’

KNIPHOFIA, commonly called “Red Hot Poker”, were very popular in the ‘60s but less so in the ‘70s. Like many plants they are a fad...

Time to trim hedges and get busy with bulbs

BULB-planting time is at its peak. At the Floriade site, the scene is a hive of activity. Here are a few hints for your own...

Open days honour a special promise to Fay

THE opening of the beautiful Osborn Garden at 16 Dungowan Street, Hawker, honours a promise that owner Richard Osborn made to his wife and...

Mystery of the missing moth

DESPITE the cooler summer, I have found no evidence of codling moth in our apples or invasion of fruit fly. Conversely, the mosquitoes just love...

And so, to joyous autumn

AUTUMN has arrived and we are still wondering what happened to summer! Mind you, most plants just loved the milder weather – and so...

Getting a burst of country living

FINE food, fun and fresh air will come together at historic Galong for a weekend showcasing sustainable country living. “Forks, Talks and Walks” will be...

Crinkly thrills of colourful petals

WITH the cool summer continuing, except for the odd warm day, the leaves are already turning into their glorious autumnal hues. There has certainly been...

Appeal of the new ‘Bells’

THERE is great excitement in the plant world here in Canberra. On March 12, 2010 the then-Chief Minister Jon Stanhope announced the plant chosen as...

Steps to a great garden

STEPS and retaining walls are an extremely important part of the landscaping for the many homes creeping up the hills in outer areas of...

How does your garden grow?

BACK from holidays? How does your garden look?  To date, we have had a remarkably cool summer with regular rain, so most gardens will be...

Anna’s right at home amid the history

HOUSE TOUR Photos by Silas Brown

Great time for patriotic planting

AUSTRALIA Day is a great day to plant an Aussie tree or shrub. Here are a few suggestions, starting with our national flower Acacia pycnantha...

Garden charm opens at Berry

AT the beginning of 2000, Chris and Carolyn Francis moved to what was then an undulating paddock of thigh-high grass surrounded by a little...

Rain may have saved the summer holiday garden

UNTIL the rain in late November and this month, it was shaping up as a very dry year. However, things have changed rapidly and the...

O Christmas tree, your branches green delight us!

CHRISTMAS trees are a firm part of festive season decorations. While many people buy artificial trees, there is a still a large demand for...

The passion for purple

PURPLE-leafed plants provide a wonderful contrast to the many shades of green in a garden. They played an important part of Canberra’s early street-tree planting....




New gallery plans to work within the urban art genre

The ANU has a new art gallery opening in its new $260 million Kambri precinct, but it’s gone out of town in a bid to beef up community engagement, says arts editor HELEN MUSA.


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