Real World Gardener The House and Garden at Glenmore Book Review

November 18th, 2016


The House and Garden at Glenmore

author Mickey Robertson.

Imagine a ramshackle set of buildings dating back to the 1850’s set way out on the outskirts of a big city.

No garden, but plenty of land.


Imagine also your partner or husband coming home and telling you that he’s just bought such a property.

What would you do?

Let’s find out ..'[m speaking with author of The House and Garden at Glenmore Robertson

Glenmore House was once a dairy farm and when Mickey's husband came across it 28 years ago, it was a collection of once dilapidated buildings.

These buildings took time to restore and in the book, Mickey describes the long process.

Mickey wrote the book in 1 month, working every day fro 10 hours.

Being an inveterate compiler of lists she was able to draw on them for the names of plant material and order of things.



Ideas for the garden came from notable famous gardens like Sissinghurst in England but the garden isn't entirely English.






Not only does Mickey provide heaps of plant information in this book but there are gardening tips along with 30 seasonal recipes, including that recipe for cumquat Ice-cream.

Next time there’s an open day at Glenmore, we should make an effort to go and visit. You won’t be disappointed.

You can catch up that segment by listening to the podcast

If you have any questions Glenmore house, drop us a line to or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW



Real World Gardener The Essential Edible Pharmacy Book Review

November 3rd, 2016

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network.

The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.


ESSENTIAL%2BEDIBLE%2Bpharmacy.jpg With a plethora of gardening books being constantly published RWG has steered away from book reviews, until now that is.  

This following feature interview is sort of a book review because I’m talking with the author and her ideas about why she wrote the book in the first place.Let’s find out what it’s all about.
I'm talking with Sophie Manolas, nutritionist and author of The Essential Edible Pharmacy.

essential%2Bedible%2Bpharmacy%2Bpage.jpg Sophie’s aim  was to quote from her book, “ to simplify the process of making the best dietary choices and to show you that whole foods in their own way, are superfoods.
Use it as bed time reading, a recipe book, or just advice on what nutrition you get from certain veggies, fruit or nuts.

But what you don’t get is how to exactly grow everything, there wasn’t enough room.
That’s where Vegetable Heroes fills the gap.
Maybe I need to write a gardening book.