IN THE GAR­DEN

GE­ORGINA REID OF THE PLANT HUNTER ON WHAT’S HAP­PEN­ING IN THE GAR­DEN WORLD.

Country Style - - CONTRIBUTORS - Fol­low Ge­orgina on In­sta­gram @the­p­lan­thunter

A master­class with Matt Coul­ter, cu­ra­tor at the Botanic Gar­dens of South Aus­tralia Nurs­ery. Plus, a book and handy tools that gar­den­ers will love.

BLADE RUN­NER I am deeply at­tached to my pair of Felco 7 se­ca­teurs, $108. My mum bought me a pair soon af­ter I be­gan study­ing hor­ti­cul­ture and they’re in my back pocket most days. Durable, beau­ti­fully de­signed and easy to main­tain — it’s no won­der they’re a clas­sic. I’ll be us­ing mine for life. forestry­tools.com.au

CUT­TING EDGE

Do you want to learn how to take cut­tings from rare or hard-to-grow plants? Cu­ri­ous about grow­ing plants from seed? Then this master­class with prop­a­ga­tion ex­pert and Botanic Gar­dens of South Aus­tralia Nurs­ery cu­ra­tor Matt Coul­ter is for you. Of­fer­ing prac­ti­cal tips, this class will set you on course for a life­time of plant fun. Tick­ets $201.54. Septem­ber 23; 10am-3pm; Mount Lofty Botanic Gar­den Nurs­ery; 16 Lam­pert Road, Pic­cadilly, SA. Book at eventbrite.com.au

PURE FOLLY

When Sandy Mckin­ley found her 1860s cot­tage in Tren­tham, Vic­to­ria (story on page 36), she had no idea the gar­den would f lour­ish into what it is to­day — home to 1500 roses and a f lower farm un­der the ban­ner of Acre of Roses. She grows mainly David Austin va­ri­eties and hy­brid tea roses (some pic­tured be­low left). In­spired by her fam­ily’s con­nec­tion to an old cas­tle in Ire­land, she asked lo­cal stone­ma­son Tom Ham­lin to cre­ate a brick ruin in the gar­den (pic­tured far left). Tom is well known for his work in the area and was given cre­ative free­dom on this project. He in­cor­po­rated blue­stone-edged open­ings in the walls as a nod to the wild gold­fields days when many build­ings had gun slits in the walls for pro­tec­tion. Fol­low @acre­ofroses

RAIN ON

I’m hop­ing that by the time you are read­ing this there will have been plenty of nour­ish­ing rain over ru­ral Aus­tralia, and that there’ll be a need for wet weather gear like th­ese Hunter wellies. First in­tro­duced in 1956 and hand­crafted from nat­u­ral rub­ber, th­ese iconic boots will keep your toes dry, warm and stylish. Hunter Womens Orig­i­nal Tall Welling­ton Boots in Orange, about $145. hunter­boots.com

It’s vil­lage life

Cen­tral Vic­to­rian based small-scale farm­ers, gar­den­ers and ed­u­ca­tors Matt and Lentil Pur­brick are re­leas­ing their sec­ond book this Septem­ber. The Vil­lage (Plum, $45) is about good food, gar­den­ing and nour­ish­ing tra­di­tions. Packed with plenty of whole­some recipes and prac­ti­cal food gar­den­ing ad­vice, The Vil­lage is all about cel­e­brat­ing the im­por­tance of grow­ing, cook­ing and eat­ing with friends and fam­ily.

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