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Gardens, Plants, New Friends: The 2012 AGM in Australia

Photos by Alisdair Aird

Cloudehill, in the Dandenong Hills above Melbourne

Towering flower stem of Doryanthes excelsa
in Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne

Royal Botanic Garden Cranbourne, the Red Sand zone simulating
Australia's arid interior

Xanthorrhoea johnsonii grass trees at Cranbourne -
the oldest is some 400 years old

Sturt's Desert Pea, Swainsona formosa, at Cranbourne

Heronswood, where we were shown round
by brilliant propagator Marcus Ryan

Lambley Nursery's display gardens, a treasure-trove of unusual cultivars

Margaret and Max Beyer's Lixouri

Rich plantings under ancient red gums at Gwen and Don Davey's Forest Hall

Judith and Andrew Baghurst's entirely native-plant garden
is a haven for native wildlife

Succulents mixed cleverly among other waterwise plants
in Sarah and Roger Budarick's Boat's End

The recently restored 1875 Palm House at Adelaide Botanic Gardens

A quiet corner of Fiona Watson's Adelaide garden

Tinkling trickles of water lull the senses in Gayle Otto's cool and shady pergola

The Native Frangipani, sweetly scented
Hymenosporum flavum - the best specimen
we saw of this South Australian favourite
was this one, in the Waite Arboretum

Trevor Nottle's lush garden in the Adelaide Hills, packed with rarities

Tempting paths luring us deeper into the riches of
Robyn and Ian Powell's Tupelo Grove

New ideas among the ancient trees of a 5th-generation home,
here in Jenni and Dick Evans's Evandale

One of countless romantic corners in Ruth and Alan Irving's
Al-Ru Farm, a special favourite among Australian garden-lovers

Part of Stokes Bay Bush Garden on Kangaroo Island

Banksia lehmanniana at Stokes Bay, one of hundreds of
choice native-plant rarities there

Australian sea lions, basking in Kangaroo Island's coastal dunes
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