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May 182017
 

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Sculpture and ceramics
by Nicola Hoyle & Ann Maree Gentile
19th May to 9th July 2017
Exhibition Opening – 2-4pm, Saturday 20th May

We are pleased to welcome Ann Maree and Nicola back to the Bolin Bolin Gallery. They have had a number of successful exhibitions in our gallery. Regulars to our gallery will know & love their work. Ann Maree makes colourful and quirky ceramic sculptures. Recently she has been making lots of birds. Some of her new work has been influenced by recent travels in France. Nicola’s metal sculptures and bird baths often feature in the gallery and garden at Bulleen Art & Garden, and are exemplified by the gallery sign in the new Bolin Bolin Gallery.

Find out more about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3353

May 092017
 

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Persimmon are a highly ornamental deciduous fruit tree with dense bright green foliage, spectacular orange and red autumn colours, light grey bark, and a beautiful twisted form in old age. In same cases, the large orange fruit are held on the bare branches after leaf-fall, creating a jeweled sculpture! Height is 3-10 m, tending to under 5m in the home garden.

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May 072017
 

Mother's Day

Are you looking for something special to give your mum this Mother’s Day? Then come on down to BAAG and have a look – we’ve got gifts that every kind of mum will appreciate. If she’s a green thumb mum, you’re sure to find something in the nursery that she’ll like. If she’s an arty mum, she’ll no doubt love something from the gallery. If she’s a bookworm mum, you’re sure to find something from our bookshop that will please her. If she’s the kind of mum that likes beautiful and eclectic giftware, we’ve all manner of treasure in the shop. And if she’s a crafty mum or the kind of mum that would prefer an experience or activity, you could always book a spot for her in one of our Art workshops or Sustainable Gardening & Living Classes.

Don’t forget there is always a BAAG Gift Voucher for those of you who are really not sure what to get Mum. You can either grab a Gift Voucher at the front counter when you are in here, or for those who prefer to shop online you can buy a Gift Voucher at our website and we will mail it out to you free of charge (or directly to your Mum if you prefer!)

May 022017
 

What garden is complete without a plethora of peas? A great winter crop, peas add vertical interest to the vegie patch, and give a decent yield for the amount of space they consume. And besides, there is no greater pleasure than a handful of home grown peas eaten straight from the pod. So go on, pop in some peas – you’ll be pleased you did!
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May 012017
 

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Autumn foliage at its most stunning. The cold days and nights bring out the deep reds, translucent oranges and butter yellows in our wonderful deciduous trees.  Take the time to enjoy autumn’s late flowering salvias, wonderful quince fruit (with their heady scent) and savour the late season apples.  Take a bolt to the Dandenongs and combine autumn colours with early flowering camellias. I just love this last hurrah before winter. So rug up and enjoy May in your garden!

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Apr 012017
 

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Our customer base is a pretty savvy and well informed one, and this is always re-enforced in March and April as sales of our native plants soar.  Our customers are well aware that this is the ideal time to plant natives and all of a sudden I am 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 312017
 

Autumn is the best time to plant your winter vegetable garden. As the weather cools and the rain starts to fall more frequently it is a pleasure to get back into the garden, remove spent summer crops and plant vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, broad beans and peas. It is an advantage to start planting at the beginning of autumn as many winter vegetables require a long growing period. Read on for everything you need to do to ensure a bumper winter vegie crop.

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Mar 222017
 

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Garlic has been around for thousands of years, dating as far back as the Egyptian pyramids. It has been widely used as both food and medicine in many cultures over the years. Garlic is really easy to grow if you plant it at the right time. If you would like a garlic flavour in your cooking all year round you can plant garlic chives as well. When buying garlic to plant, be sure to buy healthy, firm bulbs from a garden centre or garlic farm. You cannot grow bulbs bought from the supermarket as they are treated to prevent them from sprouting. (Supermarket chains generally don’t like the idea of their customers becoming self-sufficient.)

Another great reason to grow your own organic garlic at home is that ALL imported garlic, under Australian customs regulations, is sprayed with methyl bromide (a toxic biocide). Doesn’t sound too tasty does it?

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Mar 202017
 

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There are many beautiful plants that may be grown from bulbs, tubers, corms or roots. Many are suitable to grow in pots or small spaces and produce prolifically in the first season. They provide seasonal colour and many are excellent cut flowers.

There are three main seasons for plants grown from bulbs, corms, roots or tubers. The flowering seasons are spring, summer and autumn. Spring flowering bulbs are planted in late summer to autumn (the end of February until the end of April), summer flowering bulbs and perennials are planted in winter (the end of May until August or September), and Autumn flowering bulbs should be planted with the summer bulbs and perennials.
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Mar 082017
 

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Ceramic art by Jack Latti & Marlize Myburgh
9th March to 9th April
Meet the Artist – 3-5pm Saturday 11th March
From the green hills of Research Jack Latti & Marlize Myburgh, the artists of NIOKA STUDIO, have collaborated to put in place an amazing ceramic exhibition – Structural Intentions. Works range from small functional ware, hanging planters, birdbaths to large garden sculptures.

Both Jack and Marlize are influenced by the structure in the plant life surrounding them and this influence can be seen in their artwork. They both enjoy experimenting and pushing the boundaries of their main medium – CLAY.

Find out more about this exhibition at http://gallery.baag.com.au/?p=3287

Mar 012017
 

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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 272017
 

Garden RELEAF and beyondblue

The annual Garden RELEAF festival is coming up again, and involves independent garden centres around Australia hosting and running informative and fun activities and events designed to encourage people to get stuck into their gardens. Taking place on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of March, the focus is on how gardens and plants can enrich both our lives and our health, and on gardening as therapy for both physical and mental problems.

This year, there will also be a focus on incorporating play spaces and multipurpose spaces into your garden. Join the fantastic Kat Veilgaard giving a free talk on therapy gardening on Saturday the 18th of March at 10:30am, with an emphasis on incorporating play spaces and multipurpose spaces into our gardens, spaces that make you want to slow down and relax, spaces where we can take our tea and toast or the newspaper or a good book, spaces where we can play board-games, spaces where children can play and be creative, spaces for sand-play, for Zen meditation, for children to build castles and play make believe.

For more information and a detailed list of what’s on where, please head to http://gardenreleaf.com.au

Feb 262017
 

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Once again we will be at the Banyule Arty Farty Fest this year on Sunday 19 March from 11am – 4pm. Join Nicole, Harriet and Kat and learn all about growing from seed and the importance of water in your garden. There is also a free activity for the kids, who will be able to make and take home their own Grasshead.

The festival is on at Sills Bend, Warringal Parklands in Beverley Rd Heidelberg. More info at the Arty Farty Fest website.

Jan 302017
 

I am VERY glad I installed a drip system last summer, all automated, and finally all my pots are now included. It has made this summer a breeze, with zero deaths in the garden and hopefully a bearable water bill (I have yet to see it, so, potentially there could be one death resulting…).

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Jan 192017
 

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Yes, it’s on again this Australia Day weekend. Everything in our huge range of aquatic plants will be half the normal price. You will also be able to pick up a pre-formed pond or water bowl for 30% off the normal price.

These specials will be available from Thursday 26th until Sunday 29th January. Be sure to get in early as the popular lines don’t last long!