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Gar­den news and to-dos.

Olive Pink (1884-1975) lived in Cen­tral Aus­tralia and was an ad­vo­cate for the wel­fare of the lo­cal peo­ple and na­tive flora. Olive Pink: Artist, Ac­tivist & Gar­dener ($50, Hardie Grant) pays trib­ute to Olive and her botan­i­cal paint­ings. The Wasp and the Orchid ($39.99, Pan Macmil­lan) presents the life of Edith Cole­man (1874-1951), Austalia’s fore­most nat­u­ral­ist in the 1940s. Pi­cardy ($49.99, Bon­nier Pub­lish­ing) tells the story of a dreamy, French-in­spired home and gar­den built in Vic­to­ria’s Gipp­s­land by Fran­cophile Mar­ian Somes.

LIT­TLE BEAUTY The town of Nan­nup, in south-west WA, is home to Nan­nup Flower and Gar­den Fes­ti­val, an event that grows big­ger ev­ery year. ABC TV’s Costa Ge­or­giadis hosts this year’s fes­ti­val, which is themed ‘Get­ting cre­ative in the gar­den’. Au­gust 16-19. nan­nup­gar­dens.org.au

Vis­i­tors were treated to a breath­tak­ing di­ver­sity of plantlife at this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. 1 Aus­tralian tree ferns ( Dick­so­nia antarc­tica) fea­ture in the VTB Cap­i­tal Spirit of Cornwall Gar­den. 2 White fox­gloves, yel­low lupins and or­ange Geum ‘To­tally Tan­ger­ine’ form a pretty dis­play in the LG Eco-City Gar­den. 3 The colour­ful Lemon Tree Trust Gar­den by Tom Massey. 4 Vi­brant red poppies in Sarah Price’s Mediter­ranean-in­spired, drought-tol­er­ant gar­den for M&G. 5 An eye-catch­ing dis­play of eu­ca­lyp­tus logs piled high at the Hardy Eu­ca­lyp­tus stand. #

Take a stand Hand­crafted from black­wood, the ‘Ari­zona’ planter

(left, 59x28x63cm) by Ta­mara Watts is de­signed with a Mid-cen­tury aes­thetic in mind. $610, Retro Print Re­vival; retro­print re­vival.com. The ‘Rhythm’ plant stand

(right, 35x100cm) fea­tures a bam­boo pot and metal base. $80, Salt&Pep­per; saltand pep­per.com.au.

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