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Grow: Dahlia Cafē au Lait

Grow: Dahlia Cafē au Lait
22 Mar 2019

A dahlia with dollop of clotted cream and a hint of coffee

Words: Linda Ross

Meet: Antique Perennials

Meet: Antique Perennials
15 Mar 2019

Meet the growers: Matt Reed and Mike Morant growers of rare and unusual perennials, alpines and bulbs.

Sunday lunch

Sunday lunch
14 Mar 2019

Sunday Lunch: Pig & Potatoes

Take time out from plant hunting for Sunday Lunch within Collectors’ Plant Fair. Treat yourself to a delish plate of 'Pig & Potatoes' cooked there on the spot.

Meet: Kath Gadd, Garden Designer

Meet: Kath Gadd, Garden Designer
13 Mar 2019

Kath Gadd’s company is Mallee Design, a garden design business that uses only Australian plants, and does a neat sideline in beautiful, spun copper birdbaths.

Interview: Robin Powell

Grow: Miniature Gardens

Grow: Miniature Gardens
10 Mar 2019

Create a shell garden with Jo from the Plant Artisan.

Words: Jo Aquilina and Linda Ross

Visit: Highfields - The garden of Clover Hills David Kennedy and Andrew Dunshea

Visit: Highfields - The garden of Clover Hills David Kennedy and Andrew Dunshea
8 Mar 2019

In November 2014 David Kennedy and Andrew Dunshea, creators of Katoomba’s wonderful Clover Hill, embarked on a new garden over the mountain in Little Hartley. In this extract from Claire Takacs’ new book, ‘Australian Dreamscapes’, David tells what happened next.

Meet: Mickey Robertson of Glenmore House

Meet: Mickey Robertson of Glenmore House
7 Mar 2019

Mickey Robertson’s kitchen garden at Glenmore House is as beautiful as it is productive, experimental and instructive.  Here she shares tips from her autumn garden.

Meet: Peter Hey, Just Cliveas and Rare Things

Meet: Peter Hey, Just Cliveas and Rare Things
4 Mar 2019

Meet Peter Hey, of Just Cliveas and Rare Things - clivia breeder and grower of rare plants.

Interview: Linda Ross

Grow: Salvia

Grow: Salvia
15 Feb 2019

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!

Meet Marianne Farrer, Coordinator, The Secret Garden and Nursery

Meet Marianne Farrer, Coordinator, The Secret Garden and Nursery
14 Feb 2019

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.

Meet Andrew Harvie, plant collector Andy's Rare Plants

Meet Andrew Harvie, plant collector Andy's Rare Plants
28 Mar 2018

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.

Meet Chris Cuddy, owner of Perennialle Plants

Meet Chris Cuddy, owner of Perennialle Plants
2 Apr 2017

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.

Meet Gil Teague, garden specialist bookseller

Meet Gil Teague, garden specialist bookseller
31 Mar 2017

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.

The Collectors' Flower Show

The Collectors' Flower Show
15 Mar 2017

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!

Late summer specials

Late summer specials
23 Mar 2016

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.

Spring Bulbs

Spring Bulbs
21 Mar 2016

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.

Meet Alex Elliott-Howery, pickler and community builder

Meet Alex Elliott-Howery, pickler and community builder
2 Mar 2016

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!

Meet Sharon Drinkwater, iris grower, Rainbow Ridge

Meet Sharon Drinkwater, iris grower, Rainbow Ridge
27 Jan 2016

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.

Meet Peta Trahar, co-founder, Collectors' Plant Fair

Meet Peta Trahar, co-founder, Collectors' Plant Fair
5 Jan 2016

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.