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Melbourne Flower & Garden Show – highlights
March 28, 2010, 5:09 am
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Mr B and I went to Melbourne for the weekend – a work trip for me, family visit for him. He checked out the Grand Prix while I was at work, and both of us looked in on the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show this morning.

Jason Hodges, the landscaper from Better Homes & Gardens, had designed a really nice ‘small space’ vertical veggie garden on 3 or 4 shelves. There was a narrow strip between the shelves, that had been planted with a row of tomatoes, while the boxes on shelves were mostly low-light-friendly herbs & leafy greens.

Each planter was a level from a worm farm, so the drainage would have been very good. The look was super-uniform, too, which would make it easier to convince a garden skeptic to accept it :)… although it probably used the equivalent of 7 or 8 rectangular worm farms, which would not have been cheap. There were spaces for full worm farms on both sides of the garden, too, tucked into the shelves. I thought the whole set-up would look pretty classy in an inner city courtyard. I’m sure it will feature in the TV show and/or magazine in the next few months – it won a Gold medal. (edited to add… it was featured on the March 26 program).

Other  highlights included a series of espaliered olive trees – I’ve never seen that before, but they’d be great against a hot wall. Mr B & I also enjoyed the variety of water tanks – including these modular numbers, that would be handy on a sloping block, or squeezed in under a deck. I believe we are officially garden nerds.

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