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.
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
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.
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 … !!!!
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.
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
Get onto the Pacific Hwy Wahroonga on ramp by 9am and start with my ‘Sea-Changer’ at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beachwith 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
.. 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 !!
Then around 11am zoom up to the sweeping curves of ‘Tabone Garden’ 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliote, where 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.
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.. !
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 !!
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.
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 …
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 🙂
.. 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 ?
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 😮
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.
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
Yes that’s right and species hippeastrum are spear heading the Amarylid Group in showing us designers what a versatile range of warm bulbs they really are ..
Crinums, Amaryllis, Sprekelia, Agapanthus, Clivea, Cyrtanthus and Scadoxus and many more, they all belong to this fabulous lily group and an increasing number of non-general line growers offering these seasonal flares to add to your work – just have to find out where they are !!
Charles Harlandis a regular at Fairs like Collectors Plant Fair and Central Coast Plant Lovers together with his son Clayton and has been skilfully hybridising because…. because HE CAN 😮
Easy to grow and beautiful to look at, these highly ornamental South Americans adapt easily to our East Coast Australian gardens and beyond. Some even lend themselves to Greenwall work as epiphytes or are lithophytic across rock crevices in moist micro-climates with leaf litter and surrounding tree sheltered bright light or morning sun. Undemanding, the only achilles heel they have is the gregarious striped Lily Caterpillar. Otherwise you can set and forget and be rewarded anytime between November and May with swathes of these elegant flowers that bring an easy grace to any garden.
Charles and Clayton Harland, Harlands Nursery 0423 327 700 in Sydney’s south west
Happy Melbourne Cup and hope you back a winner today. A sure winner for you and your garden is the “Sea-Changer” Launch !
Its best to have more than one reason to get people out of the city for a “planty” day on the Central Costa. So, together with “Sea-Changer’s” 19th MarchLaunch here 10am till 4pm at 21 Lavinia Street, Forrester Beach, you can visit 3 other gardens, 2 of these with plants sales AND one of the best Australian bromeliad growers. You might like to start your day early by leaving Sydney Metro around 8am, onto the Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga. Just 20 or so minutes past the Gosford turn off, take the Budgewoi, Charmhaven & Charlestown exit, then left in Rutleys Road just past Doyalson.
Bromeliads Australia & Apex Plants – 49 Rutleys Road, Wyee Pointplant sales 9am till 4pm, where you can find the near gammut of bromeliad perfection, from giant hero plants to tiny fascinations for your garden. Owners Bob & Gleness Lanarch and their son Jamie and his wife Jennifer can answer your every question to make sure of bagging a few treasured winners.
… and don’t forget Peter & Ruth Donnelly will severely tempt you with tables of many treasures for sale here at “Sea-Changer” like these beneath, happily growing at “Sea-Changer”.
Watch this space in coming weeks, for details of the other three mystery garden & nursery destinations … EXCITEMENT !
Novelties in ornamental horticulture, meh, we’ve seen them come and go…. right ? Every now and then a good grower comes up with something less of a gimmick and more of an asset though. Stuart & Joy Reiss from the Sydney Frangipani Co. www.sydneyfrangipani.com0452 504912 is one such and while you might still be thinking the triple grafts a bridge too far – I wouldn’t mind seeing one of these Rainbow Trees in 7 or 8 years with its beautifully merged yet contrasting flower shades, adding a certain scented je ne sais quoi to even the most tasteful of designs. Call Stuart for details on markets points of sale and cultural information on the best micro climate conditions for your new tree.
Simply the best species sun hardy neoregelias & their hybrids, vrieseas, tillandsia, guzmania and MANY more .. !!
Just click here Brom fair 0ct2015 for opening times, NOTE trading on Sunday ceases at midday :0
Mark Paul from the Greenwall Company, Peter Tristram, Gary & Angela Flemming from Melanquin Nursery and Michael Firenze are some of the best of the former NSW Bromeliad Society growers and suppliers I use for my own Paradisus designs… A rare opportunity for your designs and to enrich your own home gardens from the one location over 1 & 1/2 days in Sydney.
Concord Senior Citizens
9 – 11 Wellbank Street, Concord
For more information contact Gary on 0265 5539868 or 0413 178884