GARDEN ADDRESS: 56 Daisy St, Wynnum, Qld 4178
OPENING: 13th and 14th May 2017, from 9.00am to 4.30pm;
ADMISSION: $10 adults, under 18 free;
* Wear sensible shoes (stilettos and mulch don’t work!);
* No pets;
* Unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers;
* Supervise children at all times: plant spines, chillies and euphorbia sap may cause injury;
A nation of television gardeners have been watching this garden develop since its inception in 2003. Now a variety of native bee species have replaced the pollination services of the European honeybee at Bellis. Here there is pollination beyond the honeybee.
Knowing how to provide food for your family is as practical as home insurance. Discover what you can grow, and systems for producing it. What is the purpose behind a ‘Predator Border’? How can a surplus of food benefit you?
Practice makes a better gardener, and being successful is becoming increasingly useful in a less secure world. Coleby-Williams believes everyone should have a ten year plan, a basic idea of where they want their life to be. As you walk around his garden, consider what you would do to make your life more secure over the coming decade.
“It takes a fruit tree about ten years to produce a large crop. Select species that will better cope with unpredictable weather. My Tahitian lime is a good example of the return you get from investing time and effort in fruit trees. I am now in my second ten year plan, which will be a refinement of the first”, says Coleby-Williams.
In the back garden grow a diversity of heritage fruit, rare vegetables, uncommon herbs and interesting spices, while the ornamental front garden features a mix of rare, collectible and familiar plants selected for their ability to withstand predicted global warming. They’ve already survived the Millennium Drought and the floods of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Initially planted in 2004 with 150 different shrubs, palms, pandanus, cycads, succulents, perennials and bulbs, around 115 still thrive here. Some succeeded too well, and were removed.
What was once an unassuming house and garden in an ordinary suburb in Queensland’s coastal subtropics has been retrofitted to significantly reduce its impact on the natural environment. Jerry says Bellis is an example of how we can all live more sustainably at home and save money too. The house is still unassuming, and Wynnum remains ordinary.
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