Author Archive | Camille Visser

Melia azedarach (White Cedar) is a deciduous tree native to the Illawarra region

Autumn in the Highlands

Autumn is a great time to enact tree planting projects or to replace those depleted or dead plants that have suffered from either old age or harsh summer conditions. Autumn is also a great time to enjoy the colours provided by deciduous trees. Many people are unaware that the Illawarra region is home to two […]

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Planting a woodlot as a carbon sink helps to mitigate the effects of climate change

Climate Change is No Longer Theoretical

This summer was a particularly difficult season for many traditional gardeners throughout the highlands. Being the fourth warmest summer on record along with a very dry winter/spring. Extreme temperatures were experienced this summer with January having 11 days above 30 and February 8 days. After an exceptional start last Autumn (311mm of rain received in March) we had only 40% of […]

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Leylandii in the Southern Highlands

The Problem with Leylandii Whilst not declared an environmental weed in this Shire (Yet!), this plant is certainly an undesirable, nuisance plant in the Southern Highlands and many other areas. We are not alone in this opinion. Earlier this year at a Wingecarribee Council meeting, many concerns about the extensive use of this plant in […]

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Gardening in the 21st Century

For many years Wariapendi has been in conflict with the traditional Southern Highlands gardener who believes that Leylandii Pines, Photinia hedges and Manchurian Pears are the Mecca when it comes to gardens. In our eyes this is what we call “that 70’s look” and it should be left behind. We firmly believe they should have […]

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Climate Change Update

Australia’s outlook is for an even more sunburnt country with extremes of prolonged droughts alternated with flooding rains. Last week the Bureau of Meteorology released the latest “State of the Climate” report which outlined climate change is happening and is having a tangible impact on Australia. Our country is experiencing very hot days more frequently and […]

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Why Plant Native Windbreaks?

The Southern Highlands has experienced its fair share of windy weather this winter. A well designed windbreak can be a welcome relief from the wind. Native plants are a crucial choice in developing windbreaks – with correct species selection you can achieve a long-lived, sustainable and beautiful windbreak that not only provides protection from the wind, […]

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