Plotlines: Open gardens

Open gardens

Stephen Ryan’s Macedon garden is teeming with as many rare and unusual plants as you would expect of a rare-plants nurseryman. His woodland-style spread, open this weekend, not only contains a wide range of plants but also registered collections of Acanthus, Sambucus and Osmanthus. Called Tugurium, the garden is at 8-10 Centenary Avenue, Macedon.

Ryan also had a hand in many of the plant choices at another Macedon garden open this weekend. Caelum, at 3 Church Street, includes a sunken garden, edibles, maples and perennial beds with an array of salvias now in flower. Both gardens are open from 10am to 4.30pm today and tomorrow (December 7 and 8), $8. Go to opengardensvictoria.org.au.

Different colours and textures abound in Stephen Ryan’s ‘Tugurium’.Credit:Open Gardens Victoria

Pacific plants

Plants from New Zealand, Lord Howe Island, New Caledonia and other Pacific regions will be examined in a guided walk at the Geelong Botanic Gardens tomorrow (December 8). Flora of the Pacific Islands starts at 2pm, meet at the garden’s front steps, gold coin donation.

Christmas sale

Plants and books will be on offer at next week’s Burnley Christmas sale. It runs from 12pm to 3pm on Wednesday, December 11, 500 Yarra Boulevard, Richmond.

Greening cities

Horticulturalists around the world are devising ways to make urban spaces greener and the Dutch have turned their attention to bus stops. The City of Utrecht has planted sedums over the roofs of 316 bus-stop shelters to support bees, help capture fine dust and collect stormwater. And for a finishing touch, these shelters are fitted out with energy-efficient LED lights and bamboo bench seats. The roofs are tended by workers driving electric vehicles.

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