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Take the ancient Silk Road to a 2,500-year old garden

ancient silk road garden

Nowhere but Iran can you walk among the ruins of a garden created more than 2,500 years ago. Nowhere else on earth can you find an entire suite of nine UNESCO World Heritage Persian Gardens. And nowhere else has one guiding principle of garden design not only persisted for more than two millennia, but also


Classical gardens and art in China

gardens china

Western thinking on garden history tends to be almost unconsciously European in focus – we might evoke the eighteenth century, and think of ha-has and arboreta, or perhaps a Renaissance Italian stroll garden, ornamented with classical statuary. But when mediaeval apothecaries were busy enclosing medicinal herbs in box compartments, one of our greatest cultures was


Choosing hedges for a subtropical garden

subtropical garden

Are you living in a subtropical climate? Kate Wall from Garden Drum has some great tips for choosing the perfect subtropical hedging.


Top vegetables for shady gardens

vegetable garden

Many of us picture the perfect vegetable garden in full sun. Fair enough; most veggies perform at their best when they are exposed to around ‘six hours full sun a day’. If you’ve got a small backyard that is surrounded by buildings and trees, it’s difficult to find a spot that gets six hours, but


Succulent nails…the newest gardening/beauty trend

succulent nails

I assume we can call this gardening….or it is beauty?? Whatever it is, it is the latest trend using teeny tiny succulents.  Here is a little how to video for succulent nails and they looking simply stunning!


“Dream Gardens” to premiere on ABC TV

dream gardens

Each episode of Dream Gardens sees one unloved outdoor space transformed. From the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result, Dream Gardens captures some of the most imaginative and challenging garden designs in the country as they come to life. Host Michael McCoy steps into a variety of garden shapes and sizes


The exotic gardens and culture of Spain


By Dr Tim Entwisle On my first visit to Spain, I ran around madly photographing Mediterranean herbs and flowers I’d seen in gardens but not in nature, stunning garden landscapes, and everything washed in that sunlight that has besotted so many artists over the years. What a place! I can’t wait to return to Spain


Summer gardening tips

summer gardening

As we head into summer it’s time to take a critical look at your garden and decide how you’re going to take care of it during the warmer weather. Yates Gardening has provided some handy tips to help are for your garden during summer: Check watering systems and hoses to make sure they’re working. Buy and replace


Sustainable Land Management

Many ‘lifestyle blocks’ come with woody weed thickets, as well as the ‘hidden treasure’ of enormous weed seed banks. Although other projects may appear to be a rst priority, managing weeds should always top the list. This is due to the fundamental biology of plants: for instance, a mature gorse infestation can produce 6 million seeds