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School gardening

Posted by: Staff writers | Staff writers 27 November, 2013 - 11:56 AM
School gardening

4BC Talking Gardening: Helene Kingsley from Lords school in Pimpana joins Clair Levander to discuss the success of their school garden.

Helene’s passion for the school garden is inspiring for all the children and she is amazed how involved they all are.  With a need to enhance the garden with compost, Angus Stewart from Gardening Australia joins Clair and Helene with a surprise!

Tumbleweed are donating a compost tumbler for the school. Helene can’t wait to tell the children and she is sure that they will start collecting straight away so that the compost will be ready for when they return in 2014.

Angus and Clair discuss the importance of composting and how Tumbleweed have really taken their product to the next level where you can even download a lesson plan from their website.  http://www.tumbleweed.com.au/Education.aspx

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Allure of Orchids

Posted by: Staff writers | Staff writers 19 November, 2013 - 1:54 PM
4BC Talking Gardening: Rare underground orchids

4BC Talking Gardening: Mark Clements Author joins Clair Levander to talk about his new book called ‘Allure of Orchids’.

Mark is also head of the orchid research group at the Centre for the Australian National Biodiversity Research at the Australian National Herbarium and shares his passion for the largest group of flowering plants on earth. 

If you would like a copy of ‘Allure of Orchids’, you can purchase it from the National Library of Australia, also at all good book stores or online at http://bookshop.nla.gov.au

 

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Roma St Parkland Volunteers

Posted by: Staff writers | Staff writers 11 November, 2013 - 1:35 PM
Roma St Parkland Volunteers

4BC Talking Gardening: Cr Matthew Bourke, Environment Chair from Brisbane City Council joins Clair Levander to talk about Roma Street Parklands and its volunteers.

Roma Street Parkland covers 16 hectares right in the centre of Brisbane, the largest urban subtropical garden in the world.  Volunteers play an important role in maintaining the beautiful gardens to world class standards.

The 90 odd volunteers not only provide guided tours, they get their hands dirty by gardening as well.  Some of the volunteers are even lucky enough to drive the trackless train. 

This wonderful scheme is hoped to be rolled out to Southbank.

Full training is provided and after a simple induction, volunteers are ready to assist.  The Parklands is always looking for volunteers and if you would like to find out more, contact council on 3403 8888

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Bushfires and gardens

Posted by: Staff writers | Staff writers 4 November, 2013 - 11:48 AM
Bushfires and gardens

4BC Talking Gardening: Jennifer Stackhouse - Author joins Clair Levander to talk discuss the recent bushfires in NSW and the devastation caused.

Jennifer stresses the importance of being prepared.

Living within a close proximity, she became pro-active and cleaned up the area around her house and filled her gutters with water.

Jennifer also recommends downloading the ‘FireReady app’ alert. 

For more information http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/fireready-app/

Plant selection for the garden

Posted by: Staff writers | Staff writers 28 October, 2013 - 1:31 PM
4BC Talking Gardening: Flowering Aloe

4BC Talking Gardening: Sidonie Carpenter landscape architect and designer from Green Canopy joins Clair Levander to discuss plant selection for the garden.

Together they explore how gardeners make wrong choices and things they should consider when choosing plants for their garden.  Sidonie offers advice when choosing plants and gives an insight into a couple of her favourites

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