Why you should consider choosing horticulture as a career path?

By Australian Garden Council on December 5, 2020 in | comments
Horticulture is an extremely diverse industry, including jobs ranging from simple gardening jobs to more scientific roles such as:

Huge tree for every backyard in south-west growth area under new plan

By Australian Garden Council on November 29, 2020 in | comments

Every residential space in the major South-West growth area in Sydney will be required to have a minimum of one five metre high tree in the front yard and one eight metre high tree in the backyard. This is a part of the the NSW government's target to have at least 40% tree cover in the Wilton precincts south of Campbelltown, under a plan that aims to strengthen the climate resilience of plants and animals in the region, which is also home to a koala population.

Tree physiologist, Dr. Sebastian Pfautsch from the School of Social Sciences in Western Sydney University, had stated that the need for large trees in the front and back gardens would promote cooling, social cooperation and improvement of mental health. "It's providing an urban landscape that is transformed but is not violated," Dr Pfautsch had said. "You’re not living in a concrete or tin desert, but in a modern suburb that has more green space to offer."

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By Australian Garden Council on October 12, 2020 in | comments

From the 11th to the 17th of October, the National Garden Week is taking place and celebrated by garden clubs, schools, retirement homes, and other organisations all over the country. Ever since its creation in 2017, the National Gardening Week offers up a great opportunity to celebrate the simple and peaceful joys of gardening and horticulture and to highlight the many environmental, social and health benefits that is associated with gardening as a practice. Whether it just be maintaining a few pots on a balcony, a suburban backyard or a large country expanse, the enjoyment, the improved mental and physical wellbeing and the satisfaction gardeners gain from ‘getting their hands dirty’ is universal. 

The National Gardening Week for 2020 is focussed primarily on children. During this time, schools and organisations are encouraged to get more involved in the gardening world, and to promote gardening based events targeted for children. This will be done with the aim in mind to inspire, guide and increase the numbers of the next generation of gardeners in Australia. 

National Gardening Week

NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK 11 - 17 OCTOBER 2020 In October 2017, a new and exciting addition to the Australian gardening calendar was launched and celebrated - Australia's inaugural National Gardening Week.


The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. have come up with several activities that gardening clubs can do to celebrate the National Gardening Week. They include:

  • Visit your local garden club
    Look up your local club (The Garden Clubs of Australia can assist with locating) and go along to a meeting. Garden clubs are always looking for new members and offer everything from guest speakers, trading tables of interesting plants, floral displays, day outings and overnight trips – all with a cup of tea and yummy treats.
  • Create a sensory garden
    Create a sensory garden at home, at school, in a nursing home, your local park – anywhere that will enhance the beauty of the place and excite the senses. When planning a sensory garden, it is important to combine plants and elements that appeal to all five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
  • Plant a tree
    Plant a tree in your garden, local park, school yard or bush regeneration project – the benefits are amazing! Not only from the pleasure of watching a tree grow and mature, admiring its natural beauty but the fact that it purifies the air by absorbing C02 and other harmful pollutants and releases life giving oxygen. Trees give shade, cool our environment, provide shelter for our wildlife, prevent soil erosion and some give us delicious fruit such as apples and oranges.
  • Build a bee hotel
    Most native bees are solitary and make their nests in a variety of places such as soils, hollows in trees, decaying wood, hollow stems – building a bee hotel is the perfect way to encourage them into your garden, your school yard, etc.
  • Build a compost heap
    Recycle all your vegetable and fruit scraps and create a wonderful soil conditioner and plant food.
  • Plant up a veggie patch
    If your garden or school doesn’t already have a vegetable patch, why not create one!
  • Flower gardens
    Whether in a pot or beds in the garden, the fragrance and colour display that flowers bring to a space is magical.


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Growing your first veggie garden during the pandemic

By Australian Garden Council on September 10, 2020 in | comments

A few months ago, there was a running joke in Rebecca Purvis's family that she couldn't even keep a hardy yucca plant alive. Now the 43-year-old has a flourishing vegetable garden in Melbourne's western suburbs. "It doesn't have to be expensive, is what I've learned. And you don't have to be a good gardener," says Rebecca, an occupational therapist and business owner. She's one of many Australians using their time at home to grow vegetables — some for the very first time.
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