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.