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

Have your say about your Botanic Gardens

MEMBERS of the public are invited to take part in a Master Plan Community Workshop and have a say on the future development of...

Gardening: Make the most of magnolias

  RIGHT now, magnolias present a stunning sight; the abundance of flowers almost outshines any other plant, just look at the illustrated display of Magnolia...

Make the most of orchids

ORCHIDS are looking splendorous at present. Here are a few brief notes on the care of two of the most popular varieties. Phalaenopsis or Moth...

A review of the ACT’s rates concessions

ANDREW Barr has kicked off consultation on a review of the ACT’s Concessions Program. "We must ensure our concessions system is financially sustainable in the...

Stories trees could tell

THE biggest community tree-planting and nature-care day specifically for Australian trees – National Tree Day – is on Sunday, July 29. National Tree Day was...

Clematis, the sociable climber

CLEMATIS is one of the world’s favourite climbing plants, competing with roses. Clematis grow very well in our climate and are now just coming into...

The smiling face of Magnolia

“THE banana-like scent, the chief appeal of this plant, is very faint in the morning, but intensifies during the day”. So wrote Peter Valder in...

Gardening / Less rain means more love for birds

AS spring arrives our national floral emblem, Acacia pycnantha (or Australian Golden Wattle) patiently waits for warmer weather to fully open in flower. More of...

Allhomes sells out to Domain for $50 million

CANBERRA real estate listing heavyweight Allhomes has been bought by Fairfax for a reported $50 million. The deal, which will see Allhomes boss Tim White...

Open Garden / Ursula’s secret garden of memories

Photos by ANDREW FINCH   COMPLETELY hidden from the road, Ursula Reid’s secret Queanbeyan garden backs on to the river and features a riverside walkway, a...

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...

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...

Garden design that’s just for the birds

DESIGNED specifically to attract birds and wildlife, Ben and Ros Walcott’s one-hectare Red Hill garden is a relaxing native haven with more than 4000...

Gardening / When mulch is a living thing

LIVING mulches are perfect for small areas and cottage-style gardens because they don’t need renewing every few years and can be divided to provide...

Gardening / Tidy up the roses for an autumn show

  MID-January is the ideal time to not only dead-head roses, but to give them a good prune and tidy up. Quoting advice in “The...

Despite frost, keep watering!

ONE vital aspect of winter gardening is not to neglect watering. When the ground is covered in frost or a thick fog it is natural...

Do you want to clean without using chemicals?

THE Canberra Environment Centre is holding a chemical free cleaning workshop on Tuesday the 26th of August, where they will teach you how to...

Mick moves to protect Canberra’s “retail hierarchy”

MICK Gentleman says retailers will have greater certainty about future development in neighbouring local centres following the introduction of floor area limits. “I have...

Return of the early bulbs

THE early flowering bulbs have started to arrive at garden centres. Walking through the Heritage Nursery in Yarralumla, I noticed Nerines, the common Nerine Bowdenii...

Little green fingers make a good start

LIKE many Canberra gardeners, they had an average tomato crop this year, but overall it was a successful harvest for the little green fingers...

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