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‘Planty Fierce’ is almost here THIS Sat 29th April … !

This Saturday, 29th April ‘Planty Fierce’ opens 10am – 4pm $5 entry each garden, across three wildly exciting and horticulturally driven spaces made from plants. 

‘Living Edge Garden’ – Frogs Foot Coleus (Solonostemon), Lomandra ‘Little Con’, Justicea betonica backed in Panicum ‘Heavy Metal’ by David Fripp & Blake Jolley at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge

Living Edge Garden by David Fripp & Blake Jolley at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge

Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ Billbergia fasciata ‘Sangria’, Aechmea sp. backed with Ensetes ventricosum – Abyssinian Banana &
Furcraea foetida mediopicta variegata

‘Paradox’ by Ray Henderson at 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley

‘Sea-Changer’s … Sea Monkey garden of rich contrasts

‘Sea-Changer’ by Peter Nixon at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach

 

See all event details, map & lunch suggestions at Facebook’s event page ‘Planty Fierce’  Expert horticultural and design ideas for your gardens, with exciting designer plants sales at each garden – bring plenty of boxes, you’ll need them!

Kalanchoe humilis – Pen Wiper Plant for the sunny plot
Begonia textures perfect for shady groundcovers
Tradescantia sp. for sun or shade as pretty wed suppresser
Keen interest from last year’s ‘Planty Fierce’ ..

Peter Nixon’s 2pm designer “walk & talk” at ‘Sea-Changer’ and weather forecast is Good !!!   

Robin Powell’s feature on ‘Sea-Changer’ for ‘Planty Fierce’ in last Saturday’s SMH Spectrum .. see you there !!!

‘Planty Fierce’ Sat week on 29th April … !

Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea-Changer’ for Paradisus at Forresters Beach – Dichorisandra’s Blue Ginger heads popping with Alocasia mafafa ‘Lime Zinger’ against pink puffs of Calliandra haematocephala

So much ‘Planty Fierce’ for you on Saturday week 29th April … 10am – 4pm

Start at any of these three fabulous Central Coast gardens only 20 mins apart, bursting with designer inspiration made by industry horticulturists. These are their own home gardens, where they have really been able to let it rip in mining the rich vein of warm temperate coastal plant selection.

As featured on Easter Sat’s SMH in Robin Powell’s gardening page for Spectrum 

 

David Fripp & Blake Jolley’s ‘Living Edge’ at Peats Ridge,  with sculptural Agave sp. with A. gypsophila & Achmea bracteata
Belle guarding the ‘Paradox’ welcome garden by sun bromeliad specialist Ray Henderson with Portmea ‘Joe’ flushing into spike

Address details & lunch suggestions from the ‘Planty Fierce’ FB Event page  Its a great garden day out of Sydney with exciting plant sales for your own garden at every destination,so bring plenty of boxes as you’ll be sorely tempted ! Designer Peter Nixon with give a “walk & talk” at ‘Sea-Changer’ at 2pm and $5 entry at each garden, (no doggies please). Event map shown at.. Sea Changer Map – 2017

‘Planty Fierce’ … Sat 29th April, just 2 weeks away !

Belle guarding the ‘Paradox’ welcome garden by Ray Henderson at Gleaning Valley
Stapelia gigantea opeing at ‘Sea-Changer’s’ Shade Hut Foresters Beach by Peter Nixon
High contrasts at ‘Living Edge’ by David Fripp & Blake Jolley at Peats Ridge

That’s right, so mark your planners now !!

Recent rain since January & February’s heat has brought all three Central Coast gardens open Sat fortnight 29th April, 10am – 4pm for ‘Planty Fierce’ $5 entry at each garden, (cash only) including my own ‘Sea-Changer’ into their best condition for this season. There’s a suggested visiting order toes these inspiring industry gardens, all created by horticulturalists shown on the above link but you could just as easily reverse the order, starting at Peats Ridge for ‘Living Edge’ coming down into Glenning Valley for Ray Henderson’s ‘Paradox’ and onto Forresters Beach for my ‘Sea-Changer’. Whichever way you do it, for the “plantiest” day out of Sydney, best to get yourself onto the Pacific Motorway by 8.30am to get plenty of visiting time, lunch at several nearby cafe’s (as listed on link) AND of course, to get the best opportunity at snapping up some of the most exciting designer planting for your own garden with plant sales at all three gardens… !!

Really hope to see you all and I’ll be giving an informal 2pm “walk & talk” here at ‘Sea-Changer’ to reveal some of the best planting here for your own garden.  

Peter Nixon ‘Sea-Changer’ – 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach www.peternixon.com.au  

David Fripp & Blake Jolley ‘Living Edge’ -1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge

Ray Henderson ‘Paradox’ – 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley     

‘Planty Fierce’ 3 gardens, 1 day Sat 29th April 10am – 4pm, $5 ea garden

‘Planty Fierce’ Sat 29th April, 2017

3 Central Coast industry gardens within 2o mins of each other, 1 day 10am till 4pm, $5 tiny dollars entry each garden, (children free, no dogs) PLUS fabulous plant sales at every garden. How can you resist !!!

We’ve shifted the date from early March to the cooler prospect of latest April, well after Easter, to make the ‘plantiest’ day possible for you .. all 3 gardens will be at their late summer peak.

Lush abundance at ‘Sea-Changer’

‘Sea-Changer’ – 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach – for Paradisus by Designer Peter Nixon

Rich textural contrasts of ‘Paradox’

‘Paradox’ – 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley by specialist sun bromeliad grower Ray Henderson

Bush chic at ‘Living Edge’

‘Living Edge’ Garden & Nursery – 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge supplied by Plantsman David Fripp designer by Blake Jolley 

I (Peter Nixon) will be giving a half hour garden ‘walk & talk’ 2pm at ‘Sea-Changer’. Lunch at nearby cafe’s, see the Facebook Event ‘Planty Fierce’ for details. A pleasant hour’s drive from the Wahroonga on ramp, leave home by 8.30am for the most ‘Planty’ fun on the Central Coast you’ll have outside a Plant Fair.. !!

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 

Costus after
Costus after
Costus comosus X belize
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 !!

‘Sea-Changer’ opens for ‘Planty Fierce’ ..

 

Mirror Deck at 'Sea-Changer'
Mirror Deck at ‘Sea-Changer’

‘Planty Fierce’ 4 gardens FREE, 1 day Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm

Paradisus ‘Sea-Changer’ 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beach

My home/work garden ‘Sea-Changer’ launches together with 3 other exceptional, never before opened Central Coast gardens, to inspire you with the circulation of valuable ideas for your own designs and home gardens.

Relaxed seaside chic ... rest awhile in 'Sea-Changer' Shade Hut
Relaxed seaside chic … rest awhile in ‘Sea-Changer’ Shade Hut

To make the plantiest most of your time, follow the suggested succession of gardens at           ‘Planty Fierce’  and you’ll get to see it all, with lunch at the delightful Bamboo Buddha or  nearby Lotus Cafe. WHAT a day out, it’ll do you good, recharge the creative juices and don’t forget very kool plant sales from most gardens including the delectable Coachwood as a preferred Designer Growers Network supplier at ‘Sea-Changer’ …will have you reaching for a few extra pennies and some handy boxes. Here’s a few samples of what Peter & Ruth Donnally are bringing along for you …

Sedum texture rugs
Sedum texture rugs
Kalanchoe marmorata - Pen Wiper Plant
Kalanchoe marmorata – Pen Wiper Plant
Ruellia elegans adds cardinal red to any green foil in the garden
Ruellia elegans adds cardinal red to any green foil in the garden

There may be other  colleagues or “planty” friends you would like to join you, please feel free to cut & paste to share the Planty Fierce MOG listing at http://goo.gl/rtIXl or Facebook’s Event page at https://goo.gl/k9xV2G on your FB page. Looking forward to seeing you soon 🙂                                                           

Quietly fierce …. that’s the Tabone way

Giant Potato Vine - Solanum wendlandii
Giant Potato Vine – Solanum wendlandii

Tabone Garden – 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliote map for ‘Planty Fierce’ and listed on My Open Garden

Open FREE Saturday 5th March……10am – 4pm 

.. is Cathy & Tony Tabone’s labour of love and the culmination of many years mining the rich vein of warm temperate ornamental plants into one cohesive acreage garden.

Sweeping vista’s and fine details make every turn about this garden a quiet watercolour, perfectly integrated with house and grade. Invention has lead to horticultural triumphs like this rolling wave of Wedgwood blue Giant Potato Vine, wreathing the rear porch approach and independently supported on Grow Cables from the house wall. A perfect subject for your client’s north facing micro climate where emphasis on high summer seasonal interest in required … no ?

Evergren Hydrangea - Dichroa versicolor
Evergren Hydrangea – Dichroa versicolor

Or perhaps the sparkle of pure sapphires on the shaded side to bring a twinkle to the Christmas time garden … ? These and many more to show you in coming weeks from Tabone Garden and only minutes from Bamboo Buddha  for lunch at Holgate – what could be nicer 😮 

“Planty Fierce” … a Central Costa “Paradox”

 

Yucca elephantipes "Paradox" hero plant
Dracaena draco “Paradox” hero plant

And it is a paradox that Ray Henderson’s garden, by the same name, springs from the floor of Glenning Valley with such a rude blast ..

But why not ? It was certainly a no brainer for inclusion in “Planty Fierce,  a FREE 1 day garden-fest on Saturday 5th March,’16 of 4 fabulous, never before open to the public Central Coast gardens within 30 minutes of each other, so you can easily see them all with lunch at any of the best cafe’s within easy reach – what’s not to like ? Mark your planners now ..

 

At first, “Paradox” rushes at you from the drive like an irresistible, richly encrusted pizza and then, on closer inspection, it  becomes clear there’s a closely woven selection of plants going on here … each located with such great care that a strange cohesiveness binds all into one vibrant whole.

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Super charged, “Paradox”

It is a horticultural BLAST, mostly comprising the most sci-fi bromeliads, with complementary daubs of furcrea, aeonium, crassula and kalanchoe. A euphorbia here as ultra fine against a casual rug of oscularia there, with an outcrop of agave over there … you can feel the frisson just standing in front of this garden.

Many of Ray’s exceptional bromeliad hybrids and species for sale, bring plenty of cash and boxes you’ll need them !!!  

“Paradox” FREE Entry at “Planty Fierce”, Saturday 5th March 10am till 4pm

Ray Henderson, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley 0413 345 297

rayhenderson007@yahoo.com.au