Real World Gardener What Is Gardening with the Senses in Design Elements

August 31st, 2018


Introduction to 5 Sense Gardening


Have you ever thought about the five senses when you think about your garden?

Probably not, but the best way to enjoy your garden is to engage all the senses.

Today we are going to talk about these senses and how to recognise and use them on a daily basis in small and large gardens.


Touch, Smell, Sight, Hearing, Taste are of course the 5 sense, so how do we incorporate these into garden design so each particular sense is invigorated.

Let’s find out about what, why and how.

I'm talking with Chris Poulton, Convener for the Australian Institute of Horticulture, and experienced Horticultural Lecture and Consultant.



Most gardens just have visual appeal, but you’ll enjoy your garden more if there are other

If you have any questions about five senses gardening or have a suggestion either for me or for Chris why not write in or email me at

Real World Gardener Lovely Luculia in Plant of the Week

August 31st, 2018


Luculia gratissima


The shrub featured this week is an old fashioned shrubs but with outstanding features.

And just like undersized potatoes or oversized apples, they who make decision in the big stores that sell plants, have decided that they won’t be available to the home gardener.

So if you’re looking for a winter flower shrub or small tree with masses of pink fragrant flowers, this one’s for you?


Luculia gratissima

Let’s find out more…

I'm talking with the plant panel: Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner.


While the flowers make an impressive display, the leaves not so much.

The foliage shall we say get’s a little untidy, but gardeners grow it for the flowers not the leaves.

You can prune mature Luculias quite hard to tidy them up, should you be lucky enough to have one growing in your garden.

Real World Gardener Which Tools For The Mature Gardener?

August 31st, 2018


Tools for the Advanced and Mature Gardener


Over the years, gardeners accumulate quite a number of tools that they regard as essential and wouldn’t be without.

Last week we talked about what you might need if you were a beginner or slightly more advanced gardener.


Cut Above Tools

So now we’re going for tools with more oomph and powered by more than your muscle power.

The reason is that it’s the experienced and the mature gardener that’s getting a look in.

Let’s find out what the experts recommend.

I'm talking with Tony Mattson General Manager of

PLAY: Toolbox part 2-18th July 2018

What do you think, do you agree with Tony’s advanced gardener’s tool kit or would you have chosen something else? 



If you haven’t already, it’s probably time to buy a pair of ratchet secateurs (sek-a terrs) to add to your toolbox. Ratchet secateurs are great for pruning shrubs.

Mature gardeners might want gear action loppers

If you have any questions either for me or Tony, you can email us or write in to 2rrr, PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675.



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