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Gardens, Plants, New Friends: The 2012 AGM in Australia

Photos by Alisdair Aird


Cloudehill, in the Dandenong Hills above Melbourne


Towering flower stem of Doryanthes excelsa
in Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne


Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne, the Red Sand zone simulating
Australia's arid interior


Xanthorrhoea johnsonii grass trees at Cranbourne -
the oldest is some 400 years old


Sturt's Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, at Cranbourne


Heronswood, where we were shown round
by brilliant propagator Marcus Ryan


Lambley Nursery's display gardens, a treasure-trove of unusual cultivars


Margaret and Max Beyer's Lixouri


Rich plantings under ancient red gums at Gwen and Don Davey's Forest Hall


Judith and Andrew Baghurst's entirely native-plant garden
is a haven for native wildlife


Succulents mixed cleverly among other waterwise plants
in Sarah and Roger Budarick's Boat's End


The recently restored 1875 Palm House at Adelaide Botanic Gardens


A quiet corner of Fiona Watson's Adelaide garden


Tinkling trickles of water lull the senses in Gayle Otto's cool and shady pergola


The Native Frangipani, sweetly scented
Hymenosporum flavum - the best specimen
we saw of this South Australian favourite
was this one, in the Waite Arboretum


Trevor Nottle's lush garden in the Adelaide Hills, packed with rarities


Tempting paths luring us deeper into the riches of
Robyn and Ian Powell's Tupelo Grove


New ideas among the ancient trees of a 5th-generation home,
here in Jenni and Dick Evans's Evandale


One of countless romantic corners in Ruth and Alan Irving's
Al-Ru Farm, a special favourite among Australian garden-lovers


Part of Stokes Bay Bush Garden on Kangaroo Island


Banksia lehmanniana at Stokes Bay, one of hundreds of
choice native-plant rarities there


Australian sea lions, basking in Kangaroo Island's coastal dunes

 

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