Tabone Garden .. in graceful sweeps

Planty Fierce Event page and My Open Garden 

Tabone Garden … more quietly fierce 

21 Toomeys Road,  Mt Elliote open FREE as part of ..

“Planty Fierce” 4 never before opened Central Coast gardens on 1 day FREE, Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm with designer plants sales for your garden.

Giant Potato Creeper - Solanum wendlandii roars over this grow cable
Giant Potato Creeper – Solanum wendlandii roars over this grow cable

Why not plan a lovely day out of the city with a friend who shares the same interest and you could be strolling through 4 lush gardens on the Central Costa ..  including my new ‘Sea-Changer’ here at Forresters Beach :0

Yes that’s right, I’m opening my ‘Sea-Changer’ garden on the first weekend in March with 3 other never before opened, exciting coastal gardens to show you !! None are more than 20 mins from each other and Cathy & Tony Tabone’s beautiful acreage at 21 Toomeys Road,  Mt Elliote has some of the best warm temperate coastal gardening can offer, like this rush of Giant Potato Vine following the rear northern house face. Might give you ideas on getting privacy for your own garden, supported independently on Grow Cables to make the most of these gorgeous Wedgwood blue flowers.

Plan a delicious lunch at any of the nearby cafes like Lotus at Wambaral or Bamboo Buddha Holgate for a perfect day.        

Stay tuned for more posts on the other gardens in coming weeks.. :)) 


‘Paradox’ Fierce

Ray Henderson has made garden art from plants …. at 

Planty Fierce Event page and My Open Garden 

‘Paradox’ garden at 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley open FREE Saturday, 5th March 10am – 4pm

Ok I’ve been here at Forresters Beach nearly 18 months now and in that time I’ve seen quite a few very good private gardens made by obsessively talented “planty” industry colleagues that have never been opened before. 

‘Paradox’ garden in Glenning Valley is one of them, open FREE Saturday, 5th March 10am – 4pm as part of a designer ramble I’m calling “Planty Fierce”.  

‘Paradox’ fiercely vibrant textures

From an unassuming laneway ‘Paradox’ rushes at you from the drive like a richly encrusted pizza. Looking at closer proximity, its clear the entire garden is woven together like a tight rug of jewel coloured textures. Its creator Ray Henderson is an unrepenting  bromelia-holic as you will freely see looking across this astonishing combination of Bromeliaceae from the tiniest treasure to enormous hero plants, skilfully heightened with contrasting euphorbia, hesperaloe, furcraea, mangave, ensetes, greyia, crassula, beschorneria, oscularia and many, many more …

Hero plants Giant Hemp (Furcreae foetida mediopicta variegata) and Abyssinian Banana (Ensetes ventricosum) are visual “smacka” wondering around ‘Paradox’

Leaving without a piece of ‘Paradox’ from Ray’s sales section is unthinkable so bring cash and boxes, you WILL be sorely tempted here …. Especially in view of the vast majority of bromeliads suited to full sun conditions to bring your garden extra punch where a blast of foliage colour is required, the spectacular flowers are just a bonus !!