Monthly Archives: March 2016

Fierce ‘Planty Fierce’ …

Coachwood's plant fever at 'Sea-Changer'
Coachwood’s Ruth Donnally, fielding her plant fever sales at ‘Sea-Changer’

Last Saturday’s ‘Planty Fierce’ at all 4 Central Coast gardens was an unqualified success … Under a brilliant sky, plant sales were brisk and event goers very pleased to see inspirational, never before opened garden spaces they could relate to, with low risk but interesting plants to take home and try in their own gardens that will thrive in similar coastal growing conditions.  

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Seeing and discussing planting at ‘Sea-Changer’

As one ‘Planty Fierce’ attendee put it –  

“Feeling privileged! Planty Fierce did not disappoint. Living Edge was breathtaking; Tabone serene; Paradox an artist’s palette; and Seachanger thrilling. Thank you to owners for opening their very special gardens.”                                                                                                  Michelle Arnebark, President, Green Point Garden Club

Peter Nixon talking with palm specialist & former Pres. Syd sub-Trop Garden Soc Fred Moody
‘Planty Fierce’ convener Peter Nixon talking with palm specialist & former Pres. Syd sub-Trop Garden Soc Fred Moody

Thank you Michelle and thanks also to Cathy & Tony Tabone at ‘Tabone Garden’, Ray Henderson at ‘Paradox’, David Fripp & Blake Jolley at ‘Living Edge’ and my very special ‘Sea-Changer’ Helpers Wendy Pritchard & Brent Wilson, Ambra Sancin and Chantelle Leenstra.     

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So appreciative, just some of the 350 strong garden public surging through ‘Sea-Changer’

Thanks to all those who came along for some or all that           

‘Planty Fierce’ had to offer. It was so good, we might just have to do it all again … !!!!

‘Planty Fierce’ Event Map ..

Worsleya procera -  Blue Hippeastrum
Worsleya procera – Blue Hippeastrum

Mia culpa maxima … forgot to send you a map guide for this Saturday 5th March to get around to all four fierce garden offerings !! Just click here on  ‘Planty Fierce’ to print off the reverse side that has an easy map to follow, showing all garden addresses and their map locations. 

Have the plantiest fierce day ever … !!!

Peter Nixon – Paradisus ‘Sea-Changer’  

Planty Fierce…. its here this Saturday !

There are four “planty” destinations for you, or you can see all four FREE with the best event map to make the plantiest day possible, here on the Central Coast at ‘Planty Fierce’ this                       

Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm 

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Costus after
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Costus comosus X belize
Costus comosus X erythrophyllus 'Oxley Ruby'
Costus comosus X erythrophyllus ‘Oxley Ruby’

Get onto the Pacific Hwy Wahroonga on ramp by 9am and start with my ‘Sea-Changer’ at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach with an ETA around 10am. Your Event Map at the gate on FREE entry and see the lush Spiral Gingers as featured this week on Catherine Stewart’s illustrious Garden Drum    

Coachwood at 'Sea-Changer' - Euphorbia caput-medusae - Medusa's Head
Coachwood plants sales at ‘Sea-Changer’ – Euphorbia caput-medusae – Medusa’s Head

.. before leaving, head over to peruse just some of Coachwood Nursery’s planty treasures available for sale, as precious momentos of your day at  ‘Sea-Changer’ for your own garden … EXCITEMENT !!

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Tillandsia and Neoregelia at the ‘Tabone Garden’

Then around 11am zoom up to the sweeping curves of            ‘Tabone Garden’ 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliotewhere owners Cathy and Tony Tabone have lovingly made this beautiful acreage garden graced with interesting plants like the Rangoon Creeper, Golden Spider Lilly, Giant Potato Vine and the dainty Nodding Clerodendron (C. nutans). 

Pop over to Bamboo Buddha at 221 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate for a lovely vegetarian lunch in the Zen garden or Lutus 127A Ocean View Drive, Wambaral for snappy beachside cafe fare.      

'Paradox' richly textural rug of foliage colour blasts
‘Paradox’ richly textural rug of foliage colour blasts

Next on offer is horticulturist Ray Henderson’s fierce ‘Paradox’ around 1.30 – 2pm, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley featuring many of his new  “Hot Brom” neoregelias as currently featured in Horticultural Journal.

Save some penny’s for Ray’s exceptional full sun bromeliads that will transform your garden with their “stained glass” winter effect and exhilarating seasonal flowers such a bonus.. !

'Living Edge' garden chic
‘Living Edge’ garden chic

Cap off your day beautifully on the way home if returning to Sydney, at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge where plantsmen David Fripp & Blake Jolley’s ‘Living Edge’ garden cornucopia of very telling combinations, with rare plant sales to die for …

So, bring plenty of boxes for your plants and don’t forget to visit an ATM on Friday to avoid disappointment of missing out on sooooooooo many good selections for your garden. Professional advise free from all four of these industry gardens and looking forward to seeing you here                                  at ‘Sea-Changer’ where I’ll be spreading the “gardens made from plants” love all day !!