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Water-colour vista

Wednesday March 30, 2011
Melbourne's flower and garden show is back from the dry years. By Denise Gadd.

Clever family comfort

Wednesday March 30, 2011
Smart design marries practicality to style, writes Fran Thompson.

...AND ANOTHER THING

Wednesday March 30, 2011
SCIENTISTS can model climate change with 95 per cent probability. Economists can't model economy-wide carbon pricing, yet Martin Feil (Comment, 29/3) thinks economists' forecasts of costs are certain, but he's not sure about climate change. Julia Thornton, Surrey Hills

Uni plan for grand manor advances

Wednesday March 30, 2011
A PROPOSAL to sell or lease historic Gleniffer Brae has moved a step closer, despite fierce community opposition.

Couple found dead in garden shed

Tuesday March 29, 2011
THE bodies of the quiet, middle-aged couple lay in their garden shed for about a week as mail piled up in their letterbox.

Suicide theory

Tuesday March 29, 2011
The deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were discovered at their home in Auburn yesterday were probably a double suicide, police said. A cause of death has not been identified. The bodies are believed to have lain in a garden shed for up to a week before they were found by a real estate agent. "The circumstances do not appear to be suspicious," Inspector Chris Hill said.

THREE OF A KIND Shallot pancakes

Tuesday March 29, 2011
Menus often refer to these as shallot cakes or pancakes but the principal ingredient is what we in Australia call green onions and Americans refer to as scallions.

DIARY DATES

Monday March 28, 2011
- March 31: Maitland Transition Town meeting, Cornerstone Cafe at Organic Feast, East Maitland, 6.30pm, info@purplepear.net.au, purplepear.net.au.

RISE the diary PEOPLE & EVENTS

Monday March 28, 2011
MONDAY Cessnock City Toastmasters, 6.45pm, Cessnock Leagues Club, Darwin Street, Cessnock.

HOME GROWN

Monday March 28, 2011
THE work of Pat Coleby, while mostly applying to farming, has a lot to teach gardeners.

Finding Bennelong

Sunday March 27, 2011
Fresh research into the unlikely friendship between the first Aboriginal statesman and an ex-convict brewer is rewriting the history books, writes Eamonn Duff.

Chef hopes vegies go through the roof

Sunday March 27, 2011
TOP CHEF Steve Manfredi says it is what persuaded him to open a trattoria at Star City Casino - a vegetable garden where bok choy, citrus trees and string beans will supply his kitchen.

A tale of two gardens In the suburbs

Sunday March 27, 2011
Most times couples downsize once their children have grown up but not Paca Voltan, who left a regular block in Greensborough to spread out over almost a hectare in Diamond Creek just as the kids passed school age.

guide to athens

Sunday March 27, 2011
David Whitley uncovers the best of a city where ancient history meets the modern world.

As nature intended

Sunday March 27, 2011
Phillip Johnson's vision is to turn backyard pools into swimmable billabongs, reports Gary LaPersonne.

FRIDAY APRIL 1

Sunday March 27, 2011
RATING: 3.5/5

TOP 10 ‚€¯ GARDENING

Sunday March 27, 2011
Kitchen Gardens of Australia Kate Herd

School is in, with saucy bits

Sunday March 27, 2011
The Red Feather Inn combines French-style luxury, convict history and a chef who loves to share his passion for paddock-to-plate cuisine, writes Sam Vincent.

YOU'LL LOVE IT

Sunday March 27, 2011
Paul Caine Director & auctioneer Caine Real Estate

Points of distinction

Sunday March 27, 2011
Two high-rises are looking to the outside to sell the inside, reports Sue Green.

Our own English rose

Sunday March 27, 2011
Jane Reddy finds a weekend wonder.

Fresh appeal of Spanish classic

Saturday March 26, 2011
$2.2 million-plus CAMBERWELL 21 Christowel Street Auction 12pm, April 2 Agent Jellis Craig, 9810 5000 Melway 60 A3

Escape artist

Saturday March 26, 2011
Claustrophobia led Trina Collins to discover her artistic style and inspired her work.

From tour guide to designer

Saturday March 26, 2011
For six years, Marie Bourat led a fun life as tour guide with no bills and no worries. It's a bit disconcerting, then, when she claims to have seen the inside of nearly every hospital in Australia. "You'd be surprised what mishaps tourists get up to," she says.

I'd rather watch than do

Saturday March 26, 2011
IN THE great extended family of television genres, the cop show is the stern, disciplinarian father, the hospital show the soft-hearted nurturing mother, Sex and the City is some kind of embarrassing drunken aunt and the lifestyle genre is the shyer, less brash twin brother of Reality.

Drama queens

Saturday March 26, 2011
Plants that change colour in autumn can give a garden a lift as the cool weather starts to close in, writes Jim Fogarty.

Grow, shop, cycle and recycle your way to sustainability

Saturday March 26, 2011
There's lots to do in Transition Newcastle's ecological calendar, writes Helen Gregory.

A WHIFF OF SUCCESS

Saturday March 26, 2011
Garlic has been around for a long time. In fact, from 4000BC garlic has been grown and used for culinary and medicinal uses and is one of the widest used herbs around the world. Garlic is easy to grow and this is the time to plant it.

A NEW SENSATION

Saturday March 26, 2011
Building from scratch has its advantages, as these new-home owners found.

A step away from the empty nest

Saturday March 26, 2011
$1.5 million-plus SURREY HILLS 30 Sir Garnet Road Auction 2.30pm, April 9 Agent Jellis Craig, 9810 5000 Melway 46 F10

Lush gardens and leadlight

Saturday March 26, 2011
A LUSH garden enhances this house, which retains many original features and is set on a deep block.

Clamms boss parts with pearl

Saturday March 26, 2011
CON Andronis, the director of leading supplier Clamms Seafood and event management company the Atlantic Group, is selling a renovated period house by the bay. The prestige property catch, at 26 Kerferd Road, in Albert Park, is spread over two levels and has three bedrooms, a study, garage and courtyard garden with a barbecue and spa. It's expected to sell for about $2 million. Kay & Burton Albert Park's Alex Schiavo and Tom Staughton will auction the house at 1pm on April 9.

Downsize to good life

Saturday March 26, 2011
The stairs are getting a bit harder to climb, the kids have long left home and you're finding your big, empty house just isn't practical any more.

Terrace steps away from action

Saturday March 26, 2011
$680,000-$750,000 WEST MELBOURNE 60 Roden Street Auction 11am today Agent Nelson Alexander, 9486 1800 Melway 2E G1

SPOTLIGHT: STANWELL PK

Saturday March 26, 2011
3 Cassandra Place Offers above $900,000

SPORT DETAILS

Saturday March 26, 2011
FIXTURES Greyhounds

Stars and nymphs

Saturday March 26, 2011
On the shores of Lake Como, Sue Wallace finds a playground of the rich and famous. But where's Signor Clooney?

Tradition with a modern polish

Saturday March 26, 2011
$880,000-plus FITZROY NORTH 27 Coleman Street Auction 11.30am, April 2 Agent Collins Simms, 9488 0688 Melway 2C C3

Zaetta's website of intrigue

Saturday March 26, 2011
FOR a minor celebrity, Tania Zaetta punches well above her weight when it comes to attracting publicity, even if it is of the unsavoury kind.

Maggie's on the move

Saturday March 26, 2011
Style queen Maggie Tabberer, who's had a passion for the southern highlands for 21 years, has listed her weekend retreat. The New England-style barn at Exeter was bought in 2001 from singing supremo Anthony Warlow for $425,000 after she sold her 70-hectare property Greenville, at Mittagong. The three-bedroom lavender-grey barn sits on 2050 sq m of established gardens with high hedges. It was built by Tony and Michelle McAuslan in the early 1990s. It comes with an elegant foyer, spacious saffron-toned living room and a study. There is a bright white kitchen with chequered tiles and a conservatory dining area. Tabberer's bedroom is red, a departure from her ethereal all-white trademark. She has many friends in the highlands but family ties have triggered her reluctant listing. Drew Lindsay at Drew Lindsay Real Estate in Bowral is seeking $800,000-plus.

Showing with the flow

Saturday March 26, 2011
OVER recent years the defining message of the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show has been how to save water and choose appropriate plants for a drier climate.

Mind, body and luxury

Saturday March 26, 2011
With the help of the resident doctor, Max Anderson finds the ingredients for longevity at a high-end lodge.

Now is the hour

Saturday March 26, 2011
"We may not have as much stuff but we'll be caring, more equitable and more resilient to shocks caused by environmental, economic and energy crises."

Pretty as a picture

Saturday March 26, 2011
THIS house has a picture window that overlooks a large entertainment deck, garden and pool area.

Roomy inside and out

Saturday March 26, 2011
THIS large, four-bedroom house has a family room and a study.

Score with Archer; celebrate with Retsina

Saturday March 26, 2011
INVADERS, spearheaded by Golden Archer and Retsina in the two-year-olds' races, promise to dominate today's Rosehill Garden program. Once, youngsters, particularly from Melbourne, having their first start around the Rosehill circuit, were disadvantaged but on the corresponding program last year, Willow Creek, a stablemate of Golden Archer, trained by Peter Moody, scored in the Magic Night.

Garden enriches student learning

Friday March 25, 2011
WHEN Mayfield East Public School started its first vegetable patch last year students had never heard of a passionfruit.

BIG DAY TO JOIN THE KEW

Friday March 25, 2011
Today, Dr Tim Entwisle will finish after seven years as the director of the NSW Botanic Gardens Trust. Entwisle is heading to England where he will take charge of the illustrious Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which has the most plants in any one garden in the world - 30,000. Entwisle will also be in charge of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, home to more than 24,000 species, about 10 per cent of the world's dryland fauna, which are stored in what can be described as a botanical Fort Knox. "It's underground," Entwisle said. "It's near an airport and they were very worried about an aeroplane crashing into it and destroying it. And it's also very close to France, where there are a lot or nuclear reactors ... By preserving it, if something goes wrong with a species you can always go back to the original source." Photo: Jon Reid

Modest outlay for a model of sustainability

Friday March 25, 2011
"Change happens through example and not through just talking about it," Greg Olsen says. As volunteers with the CSIRO's Energymark program, Olsen and his wife, Leeanne, have sparked a mini revolution in Phillip Bay. They began making their home more sustainable two years ago and the results have been so impressive, neighbours have followed suit, installing solar panels and solar hot-water tanks.

SPORT DETAILS

Friday March 25, 2011
FIXTURES Greyhounds THE GARDENS

Count your blessings

Wednesday March 23, 2011
There‚„s nothing sterile about this former hospital, brought to life by a quality renovation, writes Fran Thompson.

Fumbling lines in The Burwood Job

Wednesday March 23, 2011
Barry O'Farrell tried his tongue on a few Italian words at the Co.As.It senior citizens gala concert at Burwood yesterday. He promised to fix the "polizia" (police), "treni" (trains) and "scuole" (schools). It was pretty basic but the Italian community crowd appreciated the effort and gave him a big hand. The local Labor MP, Virginia Judge, was not so adroit at speaking in tongues. She confided to her audience the only Italian word she knew was "amore", helpfully explaining it as "the most important word in the world". Then came the deluge: she loved living in the area, loved the people, loved everything but she especially loved the gardens and potplants that the residents have in their front gardens. She would love more people to move into Strathfield, she said, but then they probably love where they are already living. The crowd politely clapped, most looking totally baffled.

Nineties not out for good sports

Wednesday March 23, 2011
HE was the top sportsman of the boys' school at Tighes Hill; she was the top sportswoman at the girls' campus.

Getting a high-kick out of the stage

Wednesday March 23, 2011
IN JEANNE Pratt's world, the key word is "kick". She kicks off her 2011 Production Company slate with Anything Goes featuring the snappy tune I Get a Kick Out of You.

Track and field athletes in starter's blocks for 2011 training program

Tuesday March 22, 2011
TREVOR Height, the head coach of the academy's track and field talent development program, has chosen his 2011 squad.

YOUR CHILD

Tuesday March 22, 2011
BRIGHT LADYBUGS Ladybugs are supposed to bring good luck, especially if one lands on your hand. Images of these groovy little garden helpers can instantly brighten up a child‚„s room. Nest Emporium at Thirroul has two very cute ladybug products this season. The Lady Bug Skittles, $14.95, will bowl you over with their charm. The skittle height is 12cm and the set includes six skittles and three balls.

All the garden‚„s a stage, blossoming with energy

Monday March 21, 2011
AS YOU LIKE IT Royal Botanical Garden, March 12 Until March 26 Reviewed by Jason Blake

Arabs should use own wealth to save Libyans

Monday March 21, 2011
I find it incredible that Paul McGeough, after his ongoing criticism of the West's involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, would demand military intervention from the West in Libya's civil war ("After all the dithering, it may still be too late to turn the brutal tide," March 19-20).

ASHBURY PUBLIC SCHOOL

Monday March 21, 2011
Students at Ashbury Public School are learning from the ground up how their own actions affect the environment ‚€¯ literally.

Seniors Week events in the local area

Monday March 21, 2011
This is a small sample of what is on locally for Seniors Week so see the program for other events. Please note that bookings are required for some events and costs may apply.

POINT PRESCHOOL

Monday March 21, 2011
Point Preschool at Oyster Bay is teaching children as young as three to look after the environment. Set in a lush garden, the school is a certified WIRES wildlife haven and learning is focused on sustainability.

'Group 1 Glen' shows who's boss to light up a gloomy Gardens

Monday March 21, 2011
The memorable rides of Glen Boss were highlights on sopping Saturday at Rosehill Gardens. No other jockey would have cajoled Zavite (Ranvet) and Older Than Time (Sky High) home as he did, plus his other worthy successful efforts on Smart Missile in the Todman and Aloha (Coolmore). Small fields and the conditions coupled with hot favourites that didn't run up to expectations took the gloss off the occasion. The defeat of Sepoy, at $1.18, was incredible, but because my train journey took longer, two hours from Waverley to Rosehill, than my Flemington excursion the previous week, I didn't see it live. Even the televising of the Todman, the replays anyway, were out of sync and clouded. Greats, such as Vain, have been beaten because of fitness issues, which might also have played a role with Sepoy. But Boss is a big-occasion performer, generated by the spotlight, even mud- and rain-spattered.

Alternatives to the Grand Prix

Sunday March 20, 2011
Get set for aweek of whinging as the grand prix detractors get their annual fill of anti-motor sport cliches. And to think all this grief could have been avoided ifwe‚„d just run the race around Docklands, or considered someless intrusive events.

Best Streets

Sunday March 20, 2011
1 Simpson Street

YOU'LL LOVE IT

Sunday March 20, 2011
Jenny Stewart Licensed estate agent Connally's Real Estate

COMEDY OFFENSIVE

Saturday March 19, 2011
He came out punching as Angry Eddie and his edgy humour has been upsetting people ever since. So how did a polite and studious Mentone boy turn into the acerbic slayer of middle-class complacency? With misanthropy on his mind and hackles briefly raised, Mr Perfect makes merry.

Design flexibility no longer a fabrication

Saturday March 19, 2011
$975,000 MERRICKS 3476 Frankston Flinders Road Private sale Agent Kay & Burton, 5989 1000

Centred in the desert

Saturday March 19, 2011
Daniel Scott sleeps under the stars, eats bush tucker and meditates on an outback journey of self-discovery.

A suitably grand residence

Saturday March 19, 2011
$1.7 million-plus CANTERBURY 5 Claremont Crescent Auction 11am, March 26 Agent Jellis Craig, 9810 5000 Melway 46 D12

DIG IT

Saturday March 19, 2011
OUT AND ABOUT

Age and beauty in this Italianate star

Saturday March 19, 2011
THE "You Wish" factor in this case could extend beyond the elegant interior of this beautiful Victorian Italianate residence, beyond the striking 1888 facade and even past the bounds of the 889-square-metre garden allotment.

Bungalow on a budget

Saturday March 19, 2011
A simple but stylish design kept costs down, writes Stephen Crafti.

Designer garden tops things off

Saturday March 19, 2011
$950 a week CAMBERWELL 13 Nelson Road Bedrooms 4 Available April 15 Bond $5700 Agent McLaren, 9854 8888 Melway 59 K2

Steps to ban 'drug' plants alarm hobby gardeners

Saturday March 19, 2011
A CONTROVERSIAL proposal to ban many familiar backyard plants and trees, including angel's trumpet and a large number of wattles, has outraged gardeners and nursery owners.

History beckons in original gem

Saturday March 19, 2011
$3 million HARROW Private sale Agent Andrew Dufty, 5575 2015

Pick of the punnet

Saturday March 19, 2011
Nick Galvin and his family enjoy a DIY weekend of hunting and gathering. Montrose Berry Farm Address Ormond Street, Sutton Forest, NSW, 2577

The future's bright

Saturday March 19, 2011
$4 million KEW 26 Stawell Street Expressions of Interest close noon Friday, April 1 Agent Fletchers, 9090 8388 Melway 45 A5

Peddling the petals

Saturday March 19, 2011
A shift in the mindset of contemporary gardeners has them craving colours, writes Jim Fogarty.

Local talent

Saturday March 19, 2011
Native shrubs provide years of pleasure and make excellent screens and barriers, writes CHERYL MADDOCKS.

O'Shea has good reason to be on the Warpath

Saturday March 19, 2011
JOHN O'SHEA, trainer and turf student, is confident his mare Warpath has the form lines to triumph in today's group 1 Coolmore Classic, a vital cog in the predicted $1 million quadrella, at Rosehill Gardens.

Grave diggers down shovels

Friday March 18, 2011
IT IS a grave and unusual industrial dispute. An "indefinite" snap strike by grave diggers and gardeners at Altona and Williamstown cemeteries meant there was a "real possibility" that burials and cremations will be affected at the two cemeteries, a union has warned.

Critic's view - Saturday, March 19

Thursday March 17, 2011
Gardening Australia

Many facets to woman of resilience and strength

Thursday March 17, 2011
LESLEY HORDERN 1928-2011

Pineapple pizazz sours

Thursday March 17, 2011
IF YOU watched last year's hit British series Pineapple Dance Studios, you're already familiar with Louie Spence: dancer, impresario, artistic director of Covent Garden's Pineapple Dance Studios and now massive television personality. He was recently in Sydney for the mardi gras. "I've always wanted to be big Down Under!" he told Australian media with a wink.

Pay TV - Wednesday, March 23

Thursday March 17, 2011
The Anatomy of Hate

Growing enthusiasm in class

Tuesday March 15, 2011
The best way for children to learn is with their taste buds, writes Winnie Choo.

Saturday March 19 - tv previews

Monday March 14, 2011
RocKwiz SBS One, 9.20pm Strike Back ABC1, 8.30pm Gardening Australia ABC1, 6.30pm Cricket: ICC World Cup Nine, 8pm

giveaways

Sunday March 13, 2011
ROCK'N'ROLL PHOTOGRAPHY IS THE NEW TRAINSPOTTING

Best Streets

Sunday March 13, 2011
1 Grandview Grove

Eat, swap, learn

Sunday March 13, 2011
THE TIME IS RIPE FOR BACKYARD PRODUCE EXCHANGES.

Hottest house in area ‚€¯ literally

Saturday March 12, 2011
$2.8 million WOODEND 109 James Road, Cadello Private sale Agent RT Edgar, 5427 1222

Hacienda with splendour

Saturday March 12, 2011
$700,000-$770,000 ST KILDA 5/43 Acland Street Agent Century 21 Wilson Pride, 9525 4166 Auction 1.30pm, March 19 Melway 2P A7

FIGS

Saturday March 12, 2011
Fresh figs and their foliage are an asset in the garden.

Join the garden party

Saturday March 12, 2011
You can still enjoy your own little piece of the outdoors without paying for a house, writes Bronwyn McNulty.

Film producer's art deco pad set to steal the scene

Saturday March 12, 2011
A CLASSIC oversized St Kilda apartment in a prized location opposite the beach will be auctioned next Saturday.

Lucient with all the extras

Saturday March 12, 2011
$2.1 million-plus MELBOURNE 402/430 St Kilda Road Private treaty closes 3pm, March 22 Agent TBM Woodards, 9826 0000 Melway 2L A4

Tweak takes it further

Saturday March 12, 2011
A change of plans delivers big dividends, writes Jane Burton Taylor.

Truths abound in philosophy of food

Saturday March 12, 2011
WHENEVER my five brothers and I feverishly inhaled our dinner as if it were our last, my mother would say, "OK kids, put your knives and forks down, take a breath and at least see what you're eating before it's all gone."

Newtown

Saturday March 12, 2011
After the last interest rate rise in November, the market in inner-west Newtown slowed considerably but recent auction results indicate stability is returning.

LAST DAYS

Saturday March 12, 2011
BRETT WHITELEY

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