Apr 192018
 

Congratulations to our Beyond Blue Raffle prize winners! Kat and Pumpkin drew the winners of a $250, $100 and $50 gift voucher today- all proceeds donated towards beyondblue in support of our Garden Releaf weekend. Thank you to all who donated and supported us over the weekend.

Apr 092018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

BAAG will once again be supporting the Garden Releaf program in 2018 with Garden Releaf day on Saturday April 14. Focusing on the benefits of plants and gardens to enrich our lives, BAAG will be exploding with colour, plenty of fun activities and informative events across the day (and the weekend). The aim is to encourage people to get into their garden and get planting.

Gardens and colour continue to prove to be beneficial for positive mental health and wellbeing, so Garden Releaf day will be themed around Colour for Health. BAAG will be bursting with colour and beautiful plants, and we will once again support beyond blue through fund raising activities in the lead up to and on the day. Click through to see what’s happening at BAAG.
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Apr 052018
 

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 282018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

Our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, and this is always reinforced in March and April as sales of native plants soar. Good gardeners are well aware that this is the ideal time to plant natives, and all of a sudden we are doubling orders for natives as they walk off the bench. The weather can still provide us with warm days in April, but without the hot sun and with rain happening or imminent it’s an ideal time for gardening and planting. Now is also the perfect time to start preparing your winter vegie patch. There’s plenty to do in the garden in April, so put summer behind you and get cracking!

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Mar 192018
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

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
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

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
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

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
 

Zeolite

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
 

Photo © Bulleen Art & Garden

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