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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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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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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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Aylmerton flowers

Colour in the Winter Garden

Winter can be a rather sad time in traditional highland gardens. Adding colour and the sounds of nature to gardens over winter can brighten our lives. By incorporating colour into the garden during winter we reduce some of the negative impacts winter has on our souls. Traditional highland gardens are geared to provide maximum colour […]

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Banksia marginata bright used as an semi formal hedge

Selecting Hedges

Selecting the right hedge improves your lifestyle, enhances our environment and does not require excessive maintenance. Hedges provide many benefits such as privacy, wind protection, ornamental statements and flowers. Well-designed hedges and shelterbelts also provide valuable habitat and vegetation corridors for birds and native mammals. New homeowners eagerly seek plants for hedges and screens. Most […]

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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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