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Daylilies

Daylilies
5 Dec 2019

Flowers for a day; for lots of days

How to create a dazzling basket

How to create a dazzling basket
5 Dec 2019

No one does a hanging basket of summer flowers quite like the English, and, inspired by a recent trip, we’re determined to give it a good shake this summer. We’ve included here some favourite basket-happy plants with the right cascading habit - and some options for really hot spots. The thing is to design an arrangement like a posy, with a mix of textures and colours. Have fun, be bold, try something new, and toss it all at the end of the season.

Know your Hydrangeas

Know your Hydrangeas
5 Dec 2019

Blue and white hydrangeas decorate long lunches and fill Church vases in the floral countdown to Christmas. Here we unwrap more goodies from the hydrangea family. You’ll think all your Christmases have come at once!

Summer Herbs

Summer Herbs
5 Dec 2019

Rosemary, Bay, Oregano, Thyme and Curry Leaf; learn how to grow and care for these fresh summer herbs.

How to fix Geraniums

How to fix Geraniums
5 Dec 2019

Learn how to keep your Geraniums healthy and happy.

Know your Hibiscus

Know your Hibiscus
5 Dec 2019

Flamboyant chorus girls of summer deserve top billing for scandalous skirts of tropical colour. Those wanting to tone things down a bit have plenty of options.

Cucumber

Cucumber
5 Dec 2019

Cucumbers are such a versatile vegetable with so many uses - sliced, grated, in salads and soups. Crisp. Crunch. Cool! With the heat of summer creeping up on us, the crisp cooling texture of cucumbers is essential in every salad or salad sandwich.

Kangaroo Paw

Kangaroo Paw
5 Dec 2019

You can’t beat Kangaroo Paws for colour in a bush garden. Breeding these iconic Australian plants has improved both their disease resistance and colour range. And you can grow them with anything.

How to grow chocolate

How to grow chocolate
5 Dec 2019

Wherever we take travellers in the tropics, from Mexico to Singapore, the Daintree to Cuba, there is one tree that grabs their attention - cacao, the source of our lingering love, chocolate.

Agastache

Agastache
5 Dec 2019

These easy-care, minty-fresh flowery fillers offer reliable and long-lasting summer colour.

Know your balcony flowers

Know your balcony flowers
5 Dec 2019

Add some summer dazzle to a sunny balcony with these pot-loving beauties.

Clerodendrum

Clerodendrum
5 Dec 2019

A cloud of blue butterflies. Their showy red or violet flower panicles set against often triangular, large dark green leaves make these plants worthy of a place in your garden.

Know your Frangipani

Know your Frangipani
5 Dec 2019

Frangipani are familiar as the scent of summer but the range of species, colours, perfumes and leaf shapes might surprise you.

How to fix your lemon

How to fix your lemon
5 Dec 2019

Lemons cause gardeners much heartache. We’re here to help! Here are solutions to six common lemon problems.

Passionfruit

Passionfruit
5 Dec 2019

Passionfruit are among the most productive of backyard crops, especially when the bees do their thing.

Know your gingers

Know your gingers
5 Dec 2019

Edible members of this family include ginger, cardamom, turmeric and galangal, but here we introduce the flowering ones, which offer so much more than a tropical splash of lush green foliage.

Tomato

Tomato
5 Dec 2019

An unpronounceable mouthful of consonants hasn’t stopped ‘Wapsipinicon Peach’ being pronounced delicious in tomato taste tests. The slightly furry skin accounts for the peach reference, and the rest is a river in Iowa. We call it a wapsi and think it’s a beauty!


Know your Cactus

Know your Cactus
5 Dec 2019

Linda’s seven-year-old son has recently started collecting cactus and now has 73 displayed on a shelf on the veranda in morning sunshine. Here’s a brief introduction.

Meet Jeremy Critchley, nurseryman

Meet Jeremy Critchley, nurseryman
5 Dec 2019

Jeremy Critchley’s Green Gallery Nursery developed a focus on indoor plants once he moved into an apartment and wanted something different.



Summer Trumpets

Summer Trumpets
5 Dec 2019

These beauties herald the warm weather with a loud blast of colour. Sandra Ross shares her growing experience.

How to decorate with Water Lilies

How to decorate with Water Lilies
5 Dec 2019

Waterlilies are shy until the mercury hits 30, and then they unfold into beautiful blooms. We grow them in large bowls and pots, and pick them to decorate the table through summer.

Home grown Melons

Home grown Melons
5 Dec 2019

A sweet slice of cold melon on a hot summer’s day – irresistible! Watermelons, rockmelons and honeydew melons are easy to grow in the backyard as long as you have a bit of space. The vines sprawl and scramble and among the tangle are globes of summer sweetness. Jake Byrne tells how it’s done.

Meet: Our Volunteers, Circles of Learning

Meet: Our Volunteers, Circles of Learning
4 Apr 2019

The Circles of Learning Team have been volunteering with Collectors Plant Fair for three years and we are thrilled to have them back at the Fair again this year. They will be the first friendly faces you see when you arrive at the gates, so be sure give them a smile as you get ready to begin your plant-hunting adventure.

Meet: The Green Gallery + Check out their Jungle-baby Plant List

Meet: The Green Gallery + Check out their Jungle-baby Plant List
4 Apr 2019

This weekend is a once-a-year opportunity to purchase plants direct from The Green Gallery. They have been growing and saving a bunch of collectable jungle plants just for us this weekend.

Information you need before setting off!

Information you need before setting off!
4 Apr 2019

Over 14 years The Collectors Plant has organically grown from a paddock in Bilpin to filling the grounds of the Hawkesbury Race Club. There is no doubt it is the most inspiring and fun weekend on the gardening calendar.

We are the biggest plant fair in Australia. BUT.

We need you to know a few things before you set out.

Meet: Foodies & Coffee

Meet: Foodies & Coffee
3 Apr 2019

A selection of fresh and tasty food options, smoothies, gelato and coffee will be available at the fair.

We have assembled the most delicious food trucks in Sydney to provide sustenance during your weekend plant hunting. There will be a range of vegetarian options available.

Plants, plants, plants!

Plants, plants, plants!
3 Apr 2019

Drum roll please. The A-Z of this year's rare and collectible plants (some never seen before) and all your old favourites. A taste of what you can expect to find this weekend. Print out our SITE MAP and plan your plant hunting route.

Tropical Plants at Collectors' Plant Fair

Tropical Plants at Collectors' Plant Fair
2 Apr 2019

We have just had news that an incredible variety of tropical plants are in a truck and are on their way from tropical North Queensland TO OUR FAIR!!

Let’s start with a little list shall we...

Grow: Orchids

Grow: Orchids
1 Apr 2019

Orchids are found in every corner of the planet and come from the biggest family of cultivated plants on earth: 30,000 wild species. There are twice as many orchid species as there are species of birds! Orchids have had a 200-year journey from the tropical jungles to become the nation's most popular houseplant.

Story: Linda Ross
Images: Luisa Brimble

Grow: Sally Holmes Rose

Grow: Sally Holmes Rose
28 Mar 2019

‘Sally Holmes’ is a strong-growing shrub rose with lightly scented, clotted cream-coloured, single flowers held in large bunches.

Words: Linda Ross

Visit: Red Cow Farm

Visit: Red Cow Farm
26 Mar 2019

In the Garden At Red Cow Farm

Words and pictures: Ali Mentesh and Robin Powell

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

Opening pale peachy pink then fading to soft coffee cream ‘Cafe au Lait’ is a celebrity-status dahlia. The multi-petalled blooms are up to 25 cm across and there may be 40 on a plant at once, so strong support is essential. The colour of this dahlia can vary depending on the age of the bloom and the amount of sunlight it receives.

Words: Linda Ross

Grow: Dwarf Banksias

Grow: Dwarf Banksias
16 Mar 2019

Words: Kath Gadd
‘Banksia or grevillea’ I’m sometimes asked, in the native-plant lover’s version of ‘Batman or Superman’. For me, it’s banksia, every time. Let me explain. Banksias begin flowering in autumn and put on a wonderful show all through winter and into early spring, a time that can bit a bit dull in the garden. They appear strong and bold, their flowers stand upright on their varied and unusual foliage. There is something reassuring about their presence, whether as a feature shrub, border, backdrop or screen. And the birds, bees and small marsupials love banksia flowers for their abundant nectar and large seeds.

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.