Last Saturday’s ‘Planty Fierce’ at all 4 Central Coast gardens was an unqualified success … Under a brilliant sky, plant sales were brisk and event goers very pleased to see inspirational, never before opened garden spaces they could relate to, with low risk but interesting plants to take home and try in their own gardens that will thrive in similar coastal growing conditions.
As one ‘Planty Fierce’ attendee put it –
“Feeling privileged! Planty Fierce did not disappoint. Living Edge was breathtaking; Tabone serene; Paradox an artist’s palette; and Seachanger thrilling. Thank you to owners for opening their very special gardens.” Michelle Arnebark, President, Green Point Garden Club
Thank you Michelle and thanks also to Cathy & Tony Tabone at ‘Tabone Garden’, Ray Henderson at ‘Paradox’, David Fripp & Blake Jolley at ‘Living Edge’ and my very special ‘Sea-Changer’ Helpers Wendy Pritchard & Brent Wilson, Ambra Sancin and Chantelle Leenstra.
Thanks to all those who came along for some or all that
‘Planty Fierce’ had to offer. It was so good, we might just have to do it all again … !!!!
Mia culpa maxima … forgot to send you a map guide to get around on Saturday !! Just click here on ‘Planty Fierce’ to print off the reverse side that has an easy map to follow, showing all garden addresses and their map locations.
There are four “planty” destinations for you, or you can see all four FREE with the best event map to make the plantiest day possible, here on the Central Coast at ‘Planty Fierce’ this
Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm
Get onto the Pacific Hwy Wahroonga on ramp by 9am and start with my ‘Sea-Changer’ at 21 Lavinia Street, Forresters Beachwith an ETA around 10am. Your Event Map at the gate on FREE entry and see the lush Spiral Gingers as featured this week on Catherine Stewart’s illustrious Garden Drum
.. before leaving, head over to peruse just some of Coachwood Nursery’s planty treasures available for sale, as precious momentos of your day at ‘Sea-Changer’ for your own garden … EXCITEMENT !!
Then around 11am zoom up to the sweeping curves of ‘Tabone Garden’ 21 Toomeys Road, Mt Elliote, where owners Cathy and Tony Tabone have lovingly made this beautiful acreage garden graced with interesting plants like the Rangoon Creeper, Golden Spider Lilly, Giant Potato Vine and the dainty Nodding Clerodendron (C. nutans).
Pop over to Bamboo Buddha at 221 Wattle Tree Road, Holgate for a lovely vegetarian lunch in the Zen garden or Lutus 127A Ocean View Drive, Wambaral for snappy beachside cafe fare.
Next on offer is horticulturist Ray Henderson’s fierce ‘Paradox’ around 1.30 – 2pm, 25 Curringa Close, Glenning Valley featuring many of his new “Hot Brom” neoregelias as currently featured in Horticultural Journal.
Save some penny’s for Ray’s exceptional full sun bromeliads that will transform your garden with their “stained glass” winter effect and exhilarating seasonal flowers such a bonus.. !
Cap off your day beautifully on the way home if returning to Sydney, at 1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge where plantsmen David Fripp & Blake Jolley’s ‘Living Edge’ garden cornucopia of very telling combinations, with rare plant sales to die for …
So, bring plenty of boxes for your plants and don’t forget to visit an ATM on Friday to avoid disappointment of missing out on sooooooooo many good selections for your garden. Professional advise free from all four of these industry gardens and looking forward to seeing you here at ‘Sea-Changer’ where I’ll be spreading the “gardens made from plants” love all day !!
Nothing says exotica like the Giant Duchman’s Pipe Vine ..at
Living Edge garden & nursery
1483 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge, opens Saturday 5th March 10am – 4pm for ‘Planty Fierce’4 gardens 1 day FREE !
.. and this is just the tip of the ‘Living Edge’ iceberg when it comes to the kind of horticultural treasure you can expect to find at Blake Jolley and David Fripp’s garden & nursery.
Blake’s impeccable eye has masterfully combined the richly ornamental band width of planting coming from David’s collection and a lifetime of his experience as a gifted propagator with an penchant for the unusual.
So really, I urge you not to miss this amazing, never before seen garden of great beauty and very chic combinations, as part of ‘Planty Fierce’ and bring your pennies and plenty of boxes as you WILL be sorely tempted for your own garden 😮
Just 14 days now until you could be standing in front of ‘Sea-Changer’s’ Mirror Deck, part of my first seaside home garden effort,that’s barely at its first season but already with an impressive youthful high summer flush, thanks to regular rain.
Mark your planners NOW to see all 4 never before opened, exciting ‘Planty Fierce’ gardens on the Central Coast on the 1 day. Avoid the disappointment of missing out on some of the best warm temperate, coastal planting available from sales tables at each garden, just bulging with garden treasures you’ll probably never see again..
… just a little taster of what you can expect across the Coachwood sales tables at ‘Sea-Changer’ for ‘Planty Fierce’ as one my preferred Designer Growers Network suppliers. Bring extra pennies and plenty of boxes because there are plant sales at both ‘Paradox’ and ‘Living Edge’ also !!
For the ‘Plantiest” day possible, can I suggest the following itinerary assuming you are on the Pacific Motorway heading north before 9am –
10am Peter Nixon’s ‘Sea-Changer’ designer coastal garden
“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.
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.. :))
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”.
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 …
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 !!
David Fripp & Blake Jolleyhave a well kept secrete .. “Living Edge” garden & nursery.
Well it never started out being a secrete but horticulturally soaked talent usually burns more like a hot ember. We’ll be blowing the lid off that come Saturday 5th March ’16 when David & Blake’s “Living Edge” garden will open as part of “Planty Fierce”, together with my “Sea-Changer” launch, as a garden extravaganza of four exciting Central Coast gardens you can get to see FREE on the one day. Three of these have never been open to the public before and with “Living Edge” in particular, you can expect a garden made from horticultural treasures at every turn. Stay tuned for details on the other 2 exciting gardens and mark your 2016 planners !!
“Living Edge” has a great sense of arrival into an interesting pattern garden that breaks out into beautifully planted pathways and a Dry Garden. Both men have very fine horticultural chops and David in particular as a gifted propagator, so many of the plants that make “Living Edge” from his rather fabulous collection, will be on sale tables for you to take a little (or a lot..) “Planty Fierce” home with you for your own gardens.
So bring your questions as both David & Blake will be moving around the garden to help with challenges and share in your successes. And bring your boxes as you WILL be sorely tempted across the sales tables.
“Living Edge” garden & nursery 0416 223 868 Open 10am till 4pm
That’s what some plants suffer when viewed from a distance. And red, being so conspicuous always catches the eye. Just another poinsettia ….. in December ? Wait a MINUTE ! A poinsettia with a strangely lax habit and the inflo’s not terminal on branch ends …. THAT is no poinsettia, that is a Quisqualis pseudomussiendifolia ‘Red Riot’ of course it is ..!
Now, some you will know Quisqualis from its cousin the Rangoon Creeper but this is less a climber or a shrub and really more a climber/shrub. So useful to lean over fencing for its bower habit. If planted out as part of a mixed shrub combination in a west facing aspect like mine here at “Sea-Changer”, its open habit will probably reach 2 to 3m and the more heat the better.
As for the “flowers”, like the poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) the showy “petals” are really modified leaves. You can see the tiny flower tubes opening white from the centre of each bract cluster. Beautiful seen from above viewed from decks or step out patios and makes a thrilling blaze against the dark glossy greens of viburnum odouritissimum, gardenia, michelia figo, rothmania or posoqueria the Sth American Needle Bush.
Happy Melbourne Cup and hope you back a winner today. A sure winner for you and your garden is the “Sea-Changer” Launch !
Its best to have more than one reason to get people out of the city for a “planty” day on the Central Costa. So, together with “Sea-Changer’s” 19th MarchLaunch here 10am till 4pm, at 21 Lavinia Street, Forrester Beach, you can visit 3 other gardens, 2 of these with plants sales AND one of the best Australian bromeliad growers.You might like to start your day early by leaving Sydney Metro around 8am, onto the Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga. Just 20 or so minutes past the Gosford turn off, take the Budgewoi, Charmhaven & Charlestown exit, then left in Rutleys Road just past Doyalson.
Bromeliads Australia & Apex Plants – 49 Rutleys Road, Wyee Pointplant sales 9am till 4pm, where you can find the near gammut of bromeliad perfection, from giant hero plants to tiny fascinations for your garden. Owners Bob & Gleness Lanarch and their son Jamie and his wife Jennifer can answer your every question to make sure of bagging a few treasured winners.
… and don’t forget Peter & Ruth Donnelly will severely tempt you with tables of many treasures for sale here at “Sea-Changer” like these beneath, happily growing at “Sea-Changer”.
Watch this space in coming weeks, for details of the other three mystery garden & nursery destinations … EXCITEMENT !