When we asked nurseryman Chris Cuddy to share his expertise and his favourites from this family of long-flowering, easy-care plants his big challenge was what to leave out!
The Secret Garden and Nursery is a not-for-profit community and therapy garden that allows variously abled people to work together in a beautiful space. It’s also a great local nursery, with plants at bargain prices. Every year they come to Collectors with a truckload of salvias, ornamental grasses and handmade bee hotels.
If you like rare and unusual plants, make your way to Andy’s Rare Plants stall at Collectors’ this year, where Andrew Harvie and his mates will have things you’ve never seen before.
Perenialle Plants is a mail-order nursery for tough plants, and a regular stallholder at Collectors'. You can also drop in to the nursery if you are in the Canowindra area. As well as the plants, there's an inspiring garden and lovely little shop full of artisan-made house and garden desirables.
Gil Teague's Florilegium has published some of our best garden writers, including Peter Valder, Margaret Hibbert, Michael McCoy and Alistair Hay, but we know it best as Australia's only specialist garden bookshop.
Collectors' will stage an Old School Flower Show. Bring a flower to exhibit at the show. Great prizes are on offer and everyone's welcome!
All of these plants are easy to grow in Sydney, but are not easy to find in garden centres. Track them down at the Collectors' Plant Fair, Hawkesbury Racecourse Clarendon; and if you see them in a friend's garden, beg a cutting.
The Collectors' Plant Fair is perfectly timed to plant spring bulbs. This year Easter is followed by the school holidays to give us the necessary down time in the garden.
To say that Alex Elliott-Howery and her husband James Grant have a café doesn't begin to tell the story. Cornersmith is not just a café, but a pickling and preserving business and school, and a trading hub for the produce gardeners of Marrickville. And I'm excited to tell you today that Marrickville is coming to Clarendon - yes you heard right - we're getting a little inner city pickling magic at Collectors' Plant Fair!
Iris run in the bloodlines of Sharon Drinkwater. Her father, Graeme Grosvenor, started Rainbow Ridge Nursery in Dural on the outskirts of Sydney in 1970. The nursery is Australia's largest specialist iris and daylily nursery and has won multiple awards for its world-class hybrids. The nursery recently relocated to a picturesque paddock outside Orange and right now it's overflowing with a rainbow of iris blooms.
2005 marked the tenth Collectors' Plant Fair, a fixture on garden-lovers' calendars. Peta has been there from the beginning. Today we salute the history of Australia's Most Treasured Gardening Event and how it came into being.