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Highlife Magazine Article

Founder and Managing Director of Wariapendi Warren Walker features in the August / September issue of Highlife Magazine. This is a great article on the origins of Wariapendi. We have given you a sneak peak. To read the full article grab a copy of Highlife today (stockists) !

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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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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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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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Callistemon salignus and Acmena smithii

Why Plant Natives

For over thirty years I have been passionate and enthusiastic when creating native landscapes and preserving the beauty and abundance of our natural environment. Most newcomers to the Southern Highlands (long term locals traditionally calling them “blow-ins”) embark upon a quest to establish exotic landscapes, the most common being the English or Tuscan garden. These […]

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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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