Thursday, June 13, 2024
Editors editorial

Adapting to change

Climate change is a concern for most people and those concerns may impact on our industry. Consumers drive change; as awareness of environmental issues grow so does their desire for more sustainable gardens and landscapes. The demand for native and drought-tolerant plants is on the rise, as they are well adapted to local climate conditions and often require less water and maintenance.… Continue reading

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Robotics are increasingly taking the effort out of traditional labouring tasks and improving labour productivity (Image by John Fitzsimmons)
Equipment

No place for auto-pilot

Navigating the greenlife jungle

By John Fitzsimmons

Over recent months, pressures have been building on nearly all sectors of the economy. Previously undetected stress cracks are appearing daily, with outcomes ranging from annoying to catastrophic. And yet, as the old saying “it’s an ill wind that blows no-one any good” goes, there are still thrivers among the survivors.Continue reading

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The ‘Australian Idyll’ Show Garden at this year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (Image: Platylobium Landscape Design)
Landscape

How to outsource to outshine your competitors

By Gabrielle Stannus

Whether you design, construct, or maintain landscapes, you cannot wear every hat all the time. Using other professionals who are experts in their trade can save you time and money, and help your business reach its full potential.Continue reading

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Daisy is a member of the Detection Dog Squad
Newsbuds

Detection dog sniffs out critically endangered fungus

It’s official, there’s a new Top Dog in conservation. After years of training, Zoos Victoria Detection Dog, Daisy, has used her incredible sense of smell to locate one of the rarest fungi in the world, tea-tree fingers. Daisy, a six-year-old Lagotto Romagnolo (Italian water dog), is a canine in Zoos Victoria’s Wildlife Detection Dog Squad – a team with a mission to help save Victoria’s threatened species.… Continue reading

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Newsbuds

Growing on the Moon

Astronauts have grown seeds on the International Space Station for a decade, and China’s Chang’e 4 2019 moon mission sprouted seeds on the Moon. Now, as part of NASA’s Artemis project, which is a step towards a Mars landing, astronauts will grow plants on the surface of the moon.… Continue reading

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Newsbuds

Genetic diversity loss

Modern rose hybrids have lost more than a quarter of their genetic diversity since the early 19th century.

The domestication of roses can be traced back about 5000 years and were cultivated independently in China and Mediterranean regions. The diversification during the 19th century is associated with crosses between the two previously isolated genetic backgrounds.… Continue reading

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Newsbuds

Gene editing to identify weeds

A proposal by Pedro M.P. Correia et al, from the University of Copenhagen, suggests that horticulture generally could make use of naturally occurring selection processes to improve crop yields.

Most high-yielding crops are susceptible to abiotic and biotic stresses, making them particularly vulnerable to the potential effects of climate change.… Continue reading

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Business File

Growing your business means moving out of your comfort zone

By John Corban

Was there a time in your business when you were outside your comfort zone?

Think back to when you decided to start your business. You probably had feelings of anxiety and discomfort as well as excitement. Although you may have been somewhat afraid, what potentially lay ahead (freedom to pursue your passion, generate a greater income, and have autonomy) provided strong reasons to help propel you forward.… Continue reading

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Vehicle baths must be of a sufficient size that wheels completely come in contact with disinfectant
Nursery Papers

Nursery Papers – To Dip or not to dip – Foot Baths

Introduction: Nursery hygiene is the most basic platform for ensuring pest and disease-free growing areas and producing the best quality stock for sale to customers. Nursery hygiene issues in the propagation and production phases can cause problems that persist for the lifespan of the plants, which may be several decades in the case of woody species.… Continue reading

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Industry News

Three ‘green cities’ shortlisted for AIPH Award

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) have announced the three shortlisted entries, including two from Australia, selected by the Youth Jury from the list of 21 finalists in the AIPH World Green City Awards 2024. Continue reading

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Backyard compost bin (Image: Ben Kerckx, Pixabay)
Environment

Recycling food and gardening organics study

Compiled by Karen Smith

Among the global targets set at the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference, COP 15, in Montreal was an agreement to cut global food waste in half, and significantly reduce over-consumption and waste generation, and reduce by half, both excess nutrients and the overall risk posed by pesticides and highly hazardous chemicals.Continue reading

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The correct loading technique using your lower body minimises strain on your back and shoulders (Image: Patrick Regnault)
Equipment

Back to basics with small tools

By Patrick Regnault

Small tools are the basis of our trade. Secateurs, pruning and grafting knives, shovels and spades, picks, and hoes, and so much more. Some of the small tools have been used for centuries and reached their final forms a very long time ago.Continue reading

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One Central Park in Sydney offers a clean, healthy, and welcoming space for the community (Image: Karen Smith)
Green Infrastucture

Objectives beyond aesthetics – the full potential of greening buildings

By Michael Casey

Greening buildings, a practice involving the integration of vegetation and eco-friendly features into architectural design, has gained significant traction in urban environments in recent decades. While the concept holds promise for enhancing environmental quality and reducing ecological footprints, its true impact on overall sustainability warrants careful examination.Continue reading

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Replicating a habitat - the coastal garden (Image: Barbara Wheeler)
Botanic Gardens

Showcasing New Zealand indigenous plants in creative ways

By Barbara Wheeler

Often seen growing as scrappy carpark plants, badly pruned to keep within the bounds of narrow strips of garden beds and frequently planted in the wrong place, the wonderful indigenous flora of New Zealand has had a history of being overlooked and much maligned in its own country.Continue reading

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Chamelaucium ‘Paddy’s Pink’ was a favourite of green scarab beetles (Image by Denis Crawford)
Pest and Diseases

Insect pests – let ‘em rip or manage them?

By Denis Crawford

Gardening for wildlife has been in vogue for some time, but gardening for insects seems to be gaining in popularity. How do you create an insect garden without increasing pest numbers?

This Pest Files was inspired by an article I read on BBC online titled ‘Why you should let insects eat your plants’.… Continue reading

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Tasmannia lanceolata, Mountain Pepper (Image: Melburnian, CC-BY-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)
Plant Palette

Edimental Tasmannia?

By Clive Larkman

Plants in the garden fill so many parts of our lives. The ‘Edimentals’ are the best, as they are both attractive, useful in the kitchen and some have medicinal value as well. You can tick another box if they are Australian natives.… Continue reading

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Careers

Just say “yes”

By Daniel Fuller

Have you ever wondered why some people are offered career opportunities that never seem to come your way?

It might be because those people have built a reputation for saying “yes” to extra responsibilities and opportunities. Saying “yes” can take different forms.Continue reading

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Editors editorial

A lot to be grateful for

It is with sincere gratitude that we say a massive thank you to Dan Austin for the many years he has contributed to Hort Journal Australia as writer on behalf of the International Plant Propagators Society. Dan’s horticultural knowledge along with his experience both as a lecturer with TAFESA and his vast experience working overseas brought interest to his articles and we have all benefited from that.… Continue reading

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The striking Diplolaena grandiflora (Native Rose) on display in “Through the Looking Glass” (Image: Ludovic Vilbert, Inwardout Studio)
Landscape

Four new Australian Idylls!

By Gabrielle Stannus

Before arriving at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, I decided that I was going to focus my attention on the plant life on display. And boy, I was not disappointed!Continue reading

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