Marching into a busy month!
2019 has started a little differently to what we expected! I have some new work and Ludo has been getting his creative juices flowing. We also have our hands full designing and writing. How to fit in the wonderful gardening events that occur this month in Tassie and Melbourne?
"What new work?", you may be asking. I was recruited by University of Tasmania to its Sustainability team and Geography department. So I am working to reduce the environmental impact of the university and tutoring students (first semester only). Working to make our planet more sustainable has always been a big part of who I am, so I just could not turn down this opportunity.
"Creative juices? What is Ludo up to this time?", I hear. Always one to be doing something different, Ludovic has been busy teaching himself Blender, a free and open source 3D creation suite. Keep an eye out for his interesting new design concepts coming soon. Let's just say he is keeping the plants real!
We are both still busy designing gardens and I am writing horticultural articles as usual. Here a few recent ones
GARDEN DESIGNS ...
We are putting together the finishing touches to a garden design for a residence in Hillwood (Tasmania), costing another residential garden project in country Victoria we designed recently, and are about to design a new front yard garden in outer suburban Melbourne. More on these projects soon.
RECENT ARTICLES ...
An 'Oasis' is growing in the new, urban 'High Street'
In the meantime, if you are interested in reading more about how retail shopping centres are being greened, click here to find out how one nursery man is creating the 'garden centre' of the future, although he would not call it that!
Inside the Gro Urban Oasis store at Warringah Mall (Image: Gro Urban Oasis)
Are you ready for robots?
Just what have robots got to do with plants? Plenty if you are a grower looking for help to meet a labour shortage or to provide crop intelligence. Want to know more? Click here to read my latest article for the Nursery and Garden Industry Australia.
The University of Sydney's Digital Farmhand (Image: Australian Centre for Field Robotics, University of Sydney)
Green makeover for busy retail centre
If you are interested in how shopping centres are using greenery to entice shoppers, check out one of my latest articles in Hort Journal Australia: "Green makeover for busy retail centre". Click here and then navigate your way to pp.26-27.
Read my latest article in the February edition of Hort Journal Australia (Image: Hort Journal Australia)
Tasmanian Garlic and Tomato Festival
The Tasmanian Garlic and Tomato Festival is coming up on St Patrick's Day, 17 March 2019. So we will be heading out to Selbourne to sample the goodies on offer, and will share a few photos with you afterwards.
Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
We will be once again be heading to the mainland to take in the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the end of March. Affectionately known as MIFGS in the industry (well otherwise it really is a mouthful!), this event really is the go to place each year for anyone interested in gardens and gardening. MIFGS attracts both professional horticulturists and lay-people, seeking inspiration and advice. At the beautiful Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens site, you will find show gardens, floral displays, student competitions, landscape advice, hanging baskets, art, sculpture, entertainment and much, much, more. We can't wait to check it all out and share our favourite finds with you.
So here we go! Let's march into March!