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Garden Botanica

Not this past weekend but the one before there was a small Garden Expo going on at the local Botanical Gardens.

Botanical Gardens

I'll take ANY excuse to go and visit the Coffs Botanical Gardens, which I honestly think is one of the nicest ones I've been in; it's a surprisingly large space with just a massive variety of plants and flowers and wetlands. Really beautifully laid out as well.


The Expo itself was really nice; very small, maybe 150-200 people showed up to it I think; there were discussions and lectures scattered around. I listened in to most of them including an AMAZING talk on no-dig garden system which seemed so incredibly fool-proof I desperately wish I could have come right home and given it a go; alas I don't have the space, time or ways to protect a decent, sunny garden from the marauding kangaroos and rabbits which are a constant menace!
It's definitly been stored into the back of my head though for when I (finally, eventually) get a place of my own with PLENTY of space to grow a fruitful veggie patch. (Well I can dream, can't I?)

Botanical Gardens
(forgive me for not reducing the size down, it seemed like a bit of a crime to me)

I spent my day wandering from talk to talk, browsing the sparse stalls that interested me (as I am not a home owner myself, eco-friendly flooring just doesn't do anything for me...) There was a handful of folks selling seedlings though including one lady who had some of the most beautiful veggies and herbs I've ever seen. I caved and bought a couple replacement herbs that had died out from my Mum's pots over the winter (Thyme, Basil, Parsley) aaaand I bought myself a pair of heirloom tomato seedlings called "Black Beauty". I was sorely tempted to buy some of her lettuces (there were over twenty varieties!!!) But budget was more then limited.
So instead of tempting myself further I took a good long walk through the gardens.

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Taken on October 18, 2009 in the Coffs Harbour Botanical Gardens.

I then rushed home and planted my new seedlings and happily everything is REALLY taking off (especially the tomatos and basil!)
Expect to see lots of beautiful photos from the gardens over the next week, I'll share a little bit at a time.

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kanawinkie
Nov. 5th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Hee! Don't get me started on the photograph ideas you've inspired me to do that I haven't quite gotten around to yet.. there's a list(!)

And don't worry, I managed to kill off my coriander too :(
it has to be INCREDIBLY picky because it used to be right next to the chives in the pot and the chives just took right off but then the dust storm hit and the coriander just shriveled..
I've replaced them with Thyme at the moment and it's doing well.

Parsley is a good, hearty herb and similar to coriander.. if you want something that's REALLY hard to kill I'd recommend mint; it's positively taking over(!!!)
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