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The Tree P's

Posted on October 23, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (1404)
A huge part of the last 30+ years of my life has been helping people put their gardens together.  The most important part of our customers success is choosing the right plants, planting them properly and looking after them as thy settle in.


This coming Saturday the 17th at 10.30 I invite you to be part or a discussion that I call “the three P’s” … Plant Choice, Planting Procedure and Post Plant maintenance.  Get these three things right and you are a long way towards having a enjoyable successful garden.  I don’t expect that, at the end of this talk that you will have the same abilities that I’ve spent a life acquiring but I hope that those attending have the confidence to ask the right questions and a better knowledge to choose plants with confidence. 

Platypus Sighting

Posted on November 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (1059)
It’s been confirmed!
 
 
Three weeks ago I sighted a platypus on the Fairhill dam.  I was stoked of course but everyone that I spoke to bragging about the sighting doubted me with comments like; “are you sure”, “really” followed by mumbling something like “yea right Nick” and other remarks that are probably better left unsaid.
On the last Wednesday of every month there is a bird watching group (called the “Wednesday Club”) come to the gardens to see what birds they can find.  Last Wednesday as well as seeing 61 different birds they also sighted the fabled platypus.  And better than that – some in the group recon they are two platypi.  They were thrilled but a bit perplexed at my comment of “that’s confirmed”, I was relieved (it wasn’t my imagination).
Fairhill Botanic Gardens is a haven of sights and sounds and the addition of either one platypus or, even better, two platypi … well it makes it even better.
 
PS  If I manage to get a photo (with platypi that can be a bit of an ask) I'll past ot this page.

Around the Garden

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 1:47 AM Comments comments (648)
The sun is out, Grevillea and Banksia are flowering, the gardens are looking a treat and the birds are loving it.
On the last Wednesday of each month a group of bird watches (called “The Wednesday Club”) come to the nursery and gardens to see what birds they can find, have a cup of tea or coffee and a chat.  Each month they typically see and hear 50 to 60 different birds.  Last Wednesday they saw 63 birds and heard a further 20 different birds, 83 species of birds in one morning - WOW!!
Everyone is welcome to come along and join in with The Wednesday Club, so if can make it at 7.00am on the last Wednesday feel free to join in.
 
On Saturday I gave a workshop on creating and maintaining a native bird-attracting garden.  It ran for the full day and we covered issues like choosing the plants for different soil types and conditions, the layout of gardens that small birds feel safe in, maintenance such as fertilising and pruning as well as covering a gambit of other topics and issues that we all have around the garden.  Morning tea and lunch was provided by Elements Restaurant, it was a great day to be in the garden and everyone enjoyed the day.  We’ll be holding further workshops (this one will be repeated for those that missed out) as well as covering other garden related topics. 

If there are any topics that you would like to find out more about send us your ideas and we’ll see if we can get something together.