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Time: May 20, 2017 at 8:30am to May 21, 2017 at 4pm
Location: Brisbane Botanic Gardens
City/Town: Toowong
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Event Type: fair
Organized By: My Open Garden
Latest Activity: May 20, 2017

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An event with a strong focus on rare, unusual and difficult to find plant species for all enthusiastic plant collectors.

Guest speakers include Jerry Coleby-Williams, Noel Burdette , Barbara Wickes, Sam Cowie, Dale Arvidsson, Nigel Thomson and Dennis Hundscheidt. Plant Creche run in support of ACT for kids.

Entry Fee: $5

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Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 20, 2017 at 20:38

I went to The Collector's Fair today, along with my trusty tall walker Chassie', together we managed to buy a selection of Salvia for Christa and Myself that I didn't have. I was so good, I walked in, found the Salvia Lady and walked out, I was very proud of myself. When you see the pictures remember I was shopping for 2.

Unfortunately not all the plants came home with the labels in them so if you go make sure the labels are in the pots when the ladies put them in the bags, I am now left to guess or troll the internet. But as there are some New Releases I can't find information there on them, as well as some the Name has been shortened, so I am having a little bit of fun working them out. If I had been going back tomorrow I could have taken the flowers for identification. Never mind it gives me something to do.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 13, 2017 at 12:01

Great Susan, they will all Love growing there together.

Comment by Susan on May 13, 2017 at 11:17

Working on that Dianne :)  I don't know if you noticed but I do have a whole bunch of alpine strawberries under the peach, blueberries and apples on the right side of my garden which I grew from seeds.  I have put a whole wicking pot of seeds to start, but they are my old ones from last year so not sure if they will still germinate but I have a couple producing fruit now so I just gotta stop eating them and actually plant the seeds so I can get heaps more.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 13, 2017 at 10:52

Susan, it would also be a good idea to include some Herbs and Strawberries around your Fruit Trees, Citrus especially like Strawberries as a Companion Plant. I am going to write a bit of a Blog up in Companion Plants about what to plant with Fruit Trees when I get time.

Comment by Susan on May 13, 2017 at 10:47

I'll keep an eye out for you Dianne.  Christa - lol!  I will probably limit myself to what I can carry as I don't have a lot of space left.  My goal now that I have most of the fruit trees planted is to work on beautifying the yard.  With that in mind, I'm looking to cover all the bare ground under fruit trees with Flowering perenials if I can.  Just bought 2 more roses for out the front and have small verbena plants to go in between to see how they will go. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 13, 2017 at 10:03

You need to book for the Workshop, info is on the EVENTS page.

Comment by Dianne Caswell on May 13, 2017 at 10:02

We might see you there, we wouldn't miss it either. I will give cuttings of anything that is different from what you might have Rozie, Christa and Susan.

Cathie and I are attending the Workshop that is on, on the Sunday, but we will have an hour before the Workshop and an hour after (hope they still have some plants left) to shop. Maybe you might like to come along to the workshop too, it will be held in the Kitchen Garden, should be interesting.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on May 13, 2017 at 8:27

My Rozie wouldn't miss it.  Damn those salvias!

Comment by Christa on May 12, 2017 at 19:45

Can't make it myself.  Oh those salvias, is anyone taking a really big bag or a small truck?

Comment by Susan on May 12, 2017 at 19:13

OMG!! How did I not know this was on??  I'm so there.  Hunting for those rare Salvia's that Dianne introduced me to. 

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