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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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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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Agapanthus  spreading into bushland

Why Plant Weeds?

If we truly wish to preserve the natural beauty of our surrounds for future generations, the planting of environmental weeds in gardens should cease. Viable and beautiful alternatives are available. The Southern Highlands is blessed with natural beauty. Surrounding our urban areas a bounty of biological diversity is provided within national parks, water catchment areas, […]

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Ivy climbing up Eucalypts in an EEC

Explaining Ecological Communities

Many different types of ecological communities exist within the Southern Highlands. It is important that people understand what an ecological community is as many of Wingecarribee Shire’s ecological communities are classified as endangered by either the State or Federal Government and are protected by law. An ecological community is defined as a group of actually […]

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Creating a tranquil garden

Why do people use the same old boring plants to create gardens that are as inspiring as an accountant’s suit“? (with apologies to all our colourful accountant readers) Over the holiday period I had the privilege of seeing a re-run of ‘Australian Story’ on ABC TV, featuring Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. Certainly an intelligent and compassionate […]

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