Burke's Backyard

What’s On, February 2009

People & Places


Until March 9 Wildlife photos
See the stunning wildlife photos of the finalists in the Australian Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Australian Museum, 6 College St, Sydney, or visit www.australianmuseum.net.au

Feb 15 Learn to identify trees
Identify the major trees of the Sydney Sandstone region and the Cumberland Plain. The Friends of the Botanic Gardens have organised this to take place in a beautiful spot in the bush, just where these two plant communities meet. Participants will be introduced to a simple yet accurate method of identifying the major trees: eucalypts, (down to species level) angophoras, casuarinas, turpentines, etc using a basic, pictorial floral key. No previous knowledge is required and all participants will be given a copy of this key to keep. It’s at Kentlyn, near Campbelltown. Details with booking confirmation; cost is $25 and bookings are essential; phone (02) 9231 8182.

Feb 22 Orchids open day
The Autumn Open Day at Hills District Orchids, 183 Windsor Rd, Northmead (park in Mary Street or Windermere Avenue) 9am-4pm. It will feature growers of selected easily grown exotic species orchids and their hybrids, as well as rare, unusual and collectable plants. Also included are breeders of elite colour forms of Clivia miniata. Guest vendors include Miriam Ann Orchids, Tinonee Orchid Nursery, and Macquarie Native Orchids; phone (02) 9674 4720 for more details, or visit the at www.hillsdistrictorchids.com

Feb 28-Mar 1 Autumn flowers

The Wollongong Horticultural Society’s 98th Autumn flower show festival at Bulli Show Society Pavilion, Showground Road, off Princes Highway, Slacky Flat, Bulli. It’s open 11am–4pm on Saturday and 9am-3pm on Sunday. Admission is $3.50 for adults, children free; phone (02) 4284 9375.

Feb 28–Mar 8 Carnivorous plants
At this exhibition and fair, learn how these intriguing plants have adapted to nutrient-deficient environments by feeding on insects and even small rodents. There will be a spectacular carnivorous plant display with many rare plants for sale, plus carnivorous plant experts on-site to answer questions. It’s at Mount Tomah Botanic Garden from 10am-5pm, and the cost is free, after paying for garden entry; phone (02) 4567 2154 for further details.


Feb 22 Jindivick Show
Come and see a stunning array of dahlias, roses, sunflowers, garden produce, cookery, photos, arts and crafts and lots more at the 51st Annual Jindivick Flower and Craft Show, at the Jindivick Hall, Jacksons Track, Jindivick from 10.30am-3pm. Entrance fee is $2 per person or $5 per family; phone (03) 5628 5490 or visit www.jindivick.org.au

Feb 20-22 Sustainable Living Festival
The Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF) will host Australia’s largest sustainability event, the Sustainable Living Festival at Federation Square in Melbourne and Birrarrung Marr. Over 100 sustainability focused innovators and leaders will present numerous topics around sustainability, including home, garden, food, travel, finance, waste, water, renewable energy, economics and more. Around 150 exhibitors will showcase a wide range of programs, products and services to help people reduce their environmental impact. More information can be found at www.slf.org.au or by phoning (03) 9249 1888.

Feb 21-22 Plant Collector’s Sale
The Ferny Creek Horticultural Society’s third annual Plant Collectors’ Sale is on from 10am-4pm, at 100 Hilton Rd, Sassafras; phone (03) 9755 1882.

Feb 12 Melbourne RBG Walk & Tour
At the Darwin’s birthday walk and talk tour, join Professor David Cantrill, Chief Botanist and Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Plant Sciences and Biodiversity Division, on a special walk and talk around the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne. In honour of Charles Darwin’s birthday, Professor Cantrill will be focusing on what makes Australian plants so unique. Cost is $15 adults and $12 child/concession. Bookings required, phone (03) 5990 2245.


Feb 21-22 Cannington Fair
The Cannington Garden Clubs and Societies Fair is at the Cannington Exhibition Centre, Cnr Station St and Albany Hwy, Cannington, from 9.30am to 4pm. Celebrating the diversity of plants, more than 25 of Western Australia’s leading garden clubs and societies will be present. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet plant breeders and collectors, get advice from the experts, and join a club. Plants represented include roses, bulbs, succulents, salvias, bromeliads, African violets, frangipanis, ferns, cycads, herbs, gerberas, pelargoniums and geraniums. Throughout the weekend there will be talks by experts from the clubs and societies. Entry fee is $5.


Feb 7-8  Tropical affair, Mt Coot-tha
The Tropical Affair at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium includes displays and tropical plants for sale. Come and talk to the growers for an enjoyable and informative day. Morning tea and light lunches will be available for sale. Free car parking. It’s on Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm, entry is $3; phone (07) 3803 3432 or visit www.cordyline.org

Feb 21-22 Queensland Garden Fair
The Australian Institute of Horticulture proudly presents the Queensland Garden Fair, celebrating 150 years of Queensland gardens. A weekend of fabulous and rare plants and unique garden products, it’s at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Mount Coot-tha Rd, Toowong, 8.30am-4pm; entry fee is $5 adult, $4 concession, children free;  phone (07) 3349 2962 or visit www.aih.org.au

Feb 27–Mar 1 Orchid fair
The Queensland International Orchid Fair is on from 8am-4pm (3pm on Sunday) at Pine Rivers PCYC, Les Hughes Sporting Complex, Baker St, Bray Park. It includes plants and accessories for sale, orchid displays and free expert advice, plus free admission and parking.


Feb 2-3 Dahlia, gladioli & lilium show
At the Dahlia, Gladioli & Lilium Show at St Ailbes Hall, Margaret St, Launceston, see cut flowers, fruit and vegetables and specialist plant grower stalls, floral art and children’s exhibits. It’s open 2-5pm on Saturday and 9am–4pm on Sunday. Admission fee is $2; phone (03) 6327 1126 for more details.


The following gardens are open with Australia’s Open Garden Scheme, visit www.opengarden.org.au


Feb 21-22 Allambie Heights
Kebun Sembunyi, 3 Culbara Pl, Allambie Heights, is a peaceful terraced garden with paths meandering past a wide variety of tropical species including bromeliads, cordylines, hoyas and palms which surround Balinese statues and koi ponds. It’s open 10am-4.30pm, adult entry $5.

Feb 21-22 Tenterfield
At Glenrock, Washpool Creek Rd, Tenterfield, plantswoman Carolyn Robinson's exceptional garden includes a newly established prairie garden, large herbaceous beds, and massed cold-climate waterside plantings. It’s open Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 10am-5pm, adult entry $7.


Feb 7-8 O’Connor
The Stirzaker Garden, 3 Mulga St, O’Connor, is a sustainable garden full of fruit, vegetables and innovative water solutions. It’s open 10am-4.30pm, adult entry $5.


Feb 21-22 Corinda
The Hemingham Garden, 46 Kathleen St, Corinda, is a horticulturalist’s garden which surrounds a lovely old Queenslander with shade-lovers beneath a wonderful old poinciana tree. It’s open 10am-4.30pm, with talks at 11am, 1pm and 3pm; adult entry $5.


Feb 21-22 McLaren Vale
The Richardson Garden, Lot 37 Naroo Tarn, McLaren Vale, is an immaculate garden that thrives in the summer heat – the result of soil improvement, mulching and informed planting. It’s open 10am-4.30pm, adult entry $5.


Feb 1 Broadmarsh
At Valleyfield, 1290 Elderslie Rd, Broadmarsh, beautiful box hedges and drystone walls define a garden laid out in gold, cream and green colours to complement the historic 1850s sandstone house. It’s open 10am-4.30pm, adult entry $5.


Feb 14-15 Camberwell
At Marg’s Tropical Cornucopia, 68 Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell, you’ll see over 40 different fruit trees, including subtropical species, intermingled with a large array of herbs and spices, tropical foliage plants and succulents in a young, natural garden. It’s open 10am-4.30pm, adult entry $5.

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