Feb 282018

Bulleen Art & Garden is under serious threat from the proposed construction of the North-East Link. We are now asking our community help us to survive. BAAG is an innovative garden centre which provides a visitor experience not found anywhere else in Melbourne. Some people in the garden industry even say we are unique in the world with our focus on art, environment and a wide range of rare and unusual plants.

We have been operating from 6 Manningham Rd West in Bulleen for the past 50 years, and under the current family ownership for over 35 years. BAAG is proudly an integral part of the local community and our approach is driven by a continued commitment to nurturing creativity and community. BAAG inspires, enables and educates our community to live in a more environmentally sustainable way. Please help us by signing this petition and spreading the word to your friends and families. The petition is calling on the NE Link Authority to ensure that the path the new road takes does not impact BAAG.

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Mar 192018

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BAAG was at the Banyule Arty Farty Fest again this year, this time Amy and Harriet were showing the kids how to build and look after their own worm farms. A great time was had by all. Thanks to everyone who popped by to say hello!

Mar 142018

Due to a major mistake (and horrible customer support) from our Internet Hosting company (cough cough NetLogistics cough cough) many of our Garden Club subscribers did not receive the March newsletter on time. It is still being delivered! For those that missed out… here it is… Continue reading »

Mar 012018

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It’s harvest time in your vegie garden, and time to think about what you want to plant in winter. It’s also a great time for making changes to your ornamental garden… the soil is still warm but the sun’s heat is not as intense. For those who have been asking, most of our autumn bulb range is now in stock (including garlic bulbs).
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Feb 252018

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Claire’s Hazelnut Tunnel

Four and a half years ago, while pregnant with my second child, my friends helped me dig over two long, south facing garden beds either side of a path. We removed running bamboo from my next-door neighbour, as well as other weeds, then we added manure, compost and zeolite to the heavy clay soil. We mounded up the beds to give better drainage.

Inspired by “The Nuttery” at Sissinghurst in the UK, my long, south facing fence was perfect to recreate this inspirational planting, although with less space than Harold Nicholson’s creation. My entire back garden is edible, except for some floral elements to attract pollinators and good bugs. So, finding edible plants that would do well in the shade was important to me. Hazelnuts are perfect.
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Feb 242018


There are a whole bunch of really smart people out there doing amazing research and product development to help improve soils. There are websites, soil clubs and blogs devoted to soils. My 18yo son thinks this is truly pitiful and these people should get out more – while I think this is incredibly useful and what would an 18yo know anyway?

Two products are standouts, both have been around for a while, but are a bit of a sleeper – well known and used in the high end turf industry, bulk potting mix and in the plant production industry, they have yet to be promoted to the backyard gardener.

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Feb 202018

Steel and Glass Sculpture

by Tim Read and Rob Hayley

2nd February to 4th March

Tim Read is a sculptor from the Bend Of Islands whose passion is working with steel. He also likes to collaborate with artists in other media. For this exhibition he will be collaborating with friend and colleague, glass artist Rob Hayley.

More pictures and info at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3690

Jan 292018

I am VERY glad I installed a drip system two summers ago, all automated, and finally all my pots are now included (well, actually I keep adding more, so another three to add lines to). It has made this summer a breeze, with zero deaths in the garden and a bearable water bill. I need to top up the mulch, have noticed it makes an enormous difference when you are using drippers. My blueberries are ripening nicely, and amazingly the birds have yet to find them. All is good in my world.

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Nov 292017

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A beautiful garden makes outdoor entertaining all the more inviting. Longer days along with summer festivities make the garden a perfect extension to your indoor space. Prepare for a lovely time outside this summer. There are plenty of things that you can do in the garden, think summer, think colour.

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Nov 232017

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24 November to 24 December 2017

Once again we will be having a mixed and varied exhibition of works from some of our favourite artists in our gallery. You can choose a unique gift for someone special, or treat yourself at Christmas. There will be Christmas wreaths by Robyn Norris; mosaic sculptures by Jenny Overton and Mary McMahon; baskets constructed using machine embroidery by Carly Leech; quirky ceramic sculpture by Ann Maree Gentile, Raine Edwards and Meredith Plain; sculpted pots paired with succulents by Jack Latti; distinctive ceramic works by LeneKuhl Jakobsen, Sue McCormick and Jenny Stokes. Darren Gilbert, Nicola Hoyle, Tim Read and Melissa Thomas will all be bringing in new metal sculpture. Some of the larger sculptures will make up the display in the new sculpture Garden and some will be part of the gallery exhibition.

For more information, head to http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3618


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Nov 202017

Basil (Photograph by Bulleen Art & Garden)

Basil is one of the best known herbs in the world, and with good reason. It’s tasty, attractive and very easy to grow. With over 100 different species to choose from, Basil is never faulty!
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Nov 082017

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A Celebration of Local Art, Garden Fun and Nostalgia.

BAAG is turning 50 and you are invited to join us in a celebration of local art, garden fun and nostalgia. BAAG has been an icon in Melbourne for the last 50 years. Bulleen Nursery started in 1967, then Bruce came along in 1982 and took over what was soon to become Bulleen Art & Garden. There have been many changes, a lot of gardening and a lot of fun over the years.

Bulleen Art and Garden has been an icon in Melbourne for the last 50 years and nestled within is the The Bolin Bolin Art Gallery, celebrating over 20 years of supporting art in the community.

Bulleen Art and Garden and Bolin Bolin Gallery are located at 6 Manningham Rd West, Bulleen.
Phone 8850 3030


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Nov 012017

Tomatoes pic taken at a market in Italy by Maria Ciavarella

Who doesn’t love a tomato? Delicious home grown tomatoes are easy to grow, taste great, and you control what gets sprayed on them, if anything at all. Late October to early November is the perfect time to plant your tomato seedlings. Many different varieties are available including heritage varieties, from which you can collect your own seed to sow next season, and dwarf varieties suitable for growing in pots. Tomatoes are great for kids to grow, as they grow fast and produce lots of delicious fruit, especially cherry tomatoes. So even if you only have a balcony for a garden, you can grow delicious fresh tomatoes. You can raise tomatoes from seed or as seedlings, however to grow from seed you will need to have planted them by mid-September.

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Oct 292017

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This is probably the busiest month of the year for gardeners. Warmer temperatures and the recent rains make for perfect planting conditions. As you can see from the pic above, it is also Tomato Time! Cup Weekend is traditionally the ideal time in Melbourne to get your tomatoes into the ground. In the rest of your garden, plants are either busily flowering or pushing out new growth. Birds, spiders, lizards and ladybirds are feasting on aphids, whiteflies and other sap sucking insects that love to feed on new spring growth. Allow predators to thrive in your garden by reducing or eliminating spraying, planting lots of flowers and creating a diverse and nature friendly garden.

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Oct 272017

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Running from the 27th October until the 19th November, “Diversity” is an exhibition of contemporary and traditional baskets, as well as artwork incorporating weaving techniques, which have been created by a talented group of basket makers: the Basket Makers of Victoria. Basketmakers of Victoria Inc., which celebrated 30 years as a group in 2016, aims to encourage and stimulate members to higher standards of craftsmanship through the sharing of knowledge, and to educate the public about the truly diverse range of basketry materials and the techniques used to form these wonderful creations.

For more information, head to http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3529