Author Archive | Warren Walker

Eucalypt providing shade to farm buildings

Creating Shade Enhances Lifestyle Benefits

The Southern Highlands is blessed with abundant natural beauty and resources. The challenge facing newcomers to the region is how to harness and enhance our landscapes when establishing new residences and employment opportunities -without compromising the region’s heritage of tranquil country living. Nor should they undermine the sustainability of our natural ecosystems. When creating new […]

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A Spring photo of the nursery gardens

Ecological Gardening on the Increase

Gardening evokes emotion, passion and commitment in many people. It is a personal pastime people indulge in, that is enjoyed by the majority. Gardening not only keeps our bodies healthy it also keeps our minds agile and balanced. The benefits provided by establishing and maintaining gardens are numerous. For over 25 years I have been […]

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Eastern Spinebill

Birds in the garden

So what sort of garden is best for attracting birds? Birds are very territorial and occupy various niches. Some birds occupy the upper canopies of trees, some the middle canopy, some the understorey and some the ground stratum. Our gardens should ideally have a range of habitats, which then provide a home for a broad […]

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Westringia fruticosa used formally to create impact and to blend a water tank and pump into the landscape

Going Formal with Natives

Contrary to popular belief, native plants can be used to create spectacular results in formal gardens. Formal gardens are gardens with well-defined lines and strong structure. Plants are often used in geometric layout with the use of clipped and stylized plant forms such as hedges and topiary to define and link elements within the garden. Sculptures, […]

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bringingbirds

Bringing Home our Flowers

(Gardening Australia Fact Sheet – Australian Cut Flower). Australia has a diverse and unique native flora that has evolved on our island continent in a wide range of environments from tropical rainforest, inland deserts, temperate forests, sandy heaths and alpine meadows. It has been estimated that there are up to 25,000 different plant species in […]

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TheGib

Restoring the Gib

Every week for nearly two decades a small group of volunteers has been systematically weeding and assisting natural regeneration on Mt. Gibralter. Their goal is to rid the reserve of environmental weeds working from the top down. They are methodically removing all unwanted vegetation, freeing the forest from dominance by weeds such as English Ivy, […]

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bringin birds in

Bringing in the Birds

In the Southern Highlands we have an amazing range of birds that occur naturally. Surrounding our urban areas a bounty of biological diversity is provided within national parks, water catchment areas, nature reserves and state forests. Bringing in the birds to our urban areas makes sense as they provide many benefits such as pollination, seed […]

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Leylandii Pruning Photo

Science Vs Myth, Ignorance & Prejudice.

When Science is Considered the Facts Remain. Last month I explained some of the science behind creating an effective windbreak and why one of the most popular species planted for windbreaks/hedges in the southern highlands is not a good choice when the science is considered. This article prompted community interest with the result being a […]

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