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Ipswich garden comp winner announced
Find out who won Ipswich's Best Garden Competition 2012 at the Trevallan Lifestyle Centre blog: trevallan.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/trevallans-search-is-over.html.
Older news at bottom of page.
Nurseries, garden centres, landscape supply, other garden goods & services
BARTONS ROSE FARM
THE ROSE SPECIALISTS
541 Kents Lagoon Road,
Kalbar QLD 4309
Ph: (07) 54 638 029
Buy POTTED ROSE PLANTS YEAR ROUND, direct from grower, at Bartons Rose Farm. 1000's of roses to choose from, 400 different varieties, including modern and heritage varieties; climbers, miniatures and standards. The STANDARD range feature 50 different varieties, and height from 60cm to 2m. 1000's to choose from.|
Over 25 years experience growing roses commercially in SE Qld means great advice. You can also view a wide variety of roses in the extensive display gardens. The Farm is an ideal destination for a family day out, garden club or coach tour, Devonshire teas served all day.
Getting Married? The rustic charm of the farm grounds, featuring 100 year old Jacaranda trees, makes a beautiful setting for an outdoor ceremony. For more information, visit the Bartons Rose Farm WEBSITE
A. C. & C. M. STAFFORD
"CharCol" Farm Nursery
Eskdale District, QLD
Mob: 0427 607 275
We hold a permit to propagate native plants for sale, and sell to the public at Esk Markets on Saturday mornings and Crows Nest Market on the first Sunday of every month. Phone or email to check availability and arrange special orders.|
Propagated & rescued native orchids: Cymbidium canaliculatum; Dendrobium speciosum (King Orchid), D. gracilicaule, D. monophyllum; Dockrillia brownii, D. linguiformis, D. teretifolia; Sarcochilus
Other natives including: Tree Ferns, Birds Nest Fern, Staghorn & Elkhorn Ferns, Xanthorrhoea glauca (Grass Tree), Grevillea robusta, Toona ciliata, Clerodendrum floribundum, Hardenbergia violacea, Wahlenbergia stricta (Native Bluebell).
We also produce premium quality sifted hardwood charcoal (five grades, two bag sizes) suitable for orchids, bromeliads & general garden use. Buy direct from us.
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Suburbs and regions included: Goodna, Gailes, Collingwood Park, Camira, Bellbird Park, Redbank Plains, New Chum, Ebbw Vale, Bundamba, Blackstone, Silkstone, Booval, East Ipswich, Newtown, Eastern Heights, Raceview, Flinders View, Basin Pocket, North Ipswich, Woodend, Sadliers Crossing, Coalfalls, Brassall, Wulkuraka, West Ipswich, Leichhardt, Churchill, Yamanto, Amberley, Karrabin, Chuwar, Kholo, Pine Mountain, Blacksoil, Woodend, Walloon, Fernvale, Marburg, Haigslea, Rosewood, Boralton, Wanora, Loamside, Ripley, Ebenezer, Calvert, Laidley, Minden, Hatton Vale, Plainland, Glenore Grove, Brightview, Lowood, Coominya, Gatton, Esk, Laidley, Helidon, Withcott, Harrisville, Peak Crossing.
Some older news is retained here as it still may be of interest to residents of the Ipswich area.
Trevallan's Best Ipswich Garden Competition
The finalists have now been chosen. View the gardens and find out how to cast your vote at Trevallan Lifestyle Centre's blog www.trevallan.blogspot.com (May 2012)
Ipswich's Best Garden Competition 2012
Trevallan Lifestyle Centre is bringing their garden competition to Ipswich again in 2012. The central theme is "what does your garden mean to you?".
Entries close 9th March. For more information visit www.facebook.com/trevallan or www.trevallan.blogspot.com or contact the garden centre.
Kholo Gardens restoration has many benefits
Badly damaged in the January floods, Kholo Gardens are to be restored through a partnership of Ipswich City Council, Powerlink Greenworks Program and Boys Town. Besides the general ecological and community benefits that removal of debris, re-establishment of walking tracks and erosion stabilisation will provide, the project will mean eight paid jobs and accredited training for young people. Source: Partnership to restore Kholo Gardens (September 2011)
Fire ants in Lockyer Valley
The first detection of a fire ant nest in the Lockyer Valley has occurred in Mulgowie (Prompt response to fire ant find to protect Lockyer Valley food bowl) Residents of the region are urged to be vigilent and report any suspect ants. More information at www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au
Plenty to do in new Ipswich parkland
Robelle Domain, a part of Springfield Central Parklands, has officially opened in Ipswich. The new facility includes a eucalypt tree-top walk, ampitheatre and a zero-depth wet play area for the children plus kilometres of walkways and boardwalks. Source: New $30 mil parklands officially open (May 2011)
Green waste bins for Ipswich
A green waste wheelie bin program will begin in Ipswich in September. The bins will be designed with air vents especially for the storage of organic matter. There will be a cost for the fortnightly collection. More information at Ipswich City Council website: Green light given for green waste bins (March 2011)
Gums should recover from caterpillar outbreak
Agri-Science Queensland has assured residents of the Boonah, Beaudesert, Lockyer Valley and Brisbane/Esk Valley regions that local gum trees attacked by a recent outbreak of caterpillars will recover. The gum leaf skeletoniser (Uraba lugens) can leave trees with a "bronzed" or "scorched" appearence. The large numbers have probably resulted from the weather conditions this winter and spring. Hotter temperatures should see numbers decrease. In the meantime, residents should avoid contact with the caterpillars, which can cause skin irritation. More from the DEEDI here: Caterpillar culprit of gum tree 'bronzing' (December, 2010)
Lockyer Valley Garden Winners
Winners of the 2010 Lockyer Valley Garden Competition can be viewed at the Lockyer Valley Regional Council website here: Lockyer Valley Garden Comp winners announced
Greenery a part of Bell Street improvements
Bell Street precinct, Ipswich, is to to receive an upgrade. Apart from increased bus exchange capacity and other improvements for commuters, there will be new street trees and additional landscaping. Source: $2.6 million kiss of life for Bell Street (October 2010)
Springfield Central Parklands - first stage open
Stage one of "the most significant parkland in south east Queensland for a generation" has been officially opened. Completed portion includes cycling and pedestrian paths, landscaped gardens. It forms part of Robelle Domain, a recreational hub that will contain an piazza, education centre, cultural displays, restaurants, picnic areas and playgrounds, complemented by lakes and water features. More from Ipswich City Council here: Springfield Central Parklands takes shape (December 2009)
Japanese Tea House officially opened
The mayors of Ipswich and sister city Nerima, Japan, participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to mark the official opening of this new addition to Ipswich's Nerima Gardens. More at the Ipwich City Council website: Tea House opens in Nerima Gardens (November 2009).
Qld's first traditional Japanese Tea House nears completion
The Tea House in Nerima Gardens, Ipswich has been constructed using traditional designs, although with some concessions to the Australian environment. Ironbark timbers were used for protection against termites, and it will have a timber and glass exterior instead of rice paper. It's due to be officially opened on 12th of November, with a traditional tea ceremony. More information from Ipswich City Council: Nerima Tea House starts to take shape (October 2009)
Ipswich Tree relocation
To improve services and safety, an established fig in Bell Street will be relocated to provide additional space for buses. River Heart Parklands will be the tree's new home. More information: Bell Street fig to make way for more bus parking (May 2009)
New addition to Cameron's Scrub Reserve
Ipswich City council has increased the size of Cameron's Scrub Reserve with 13 hectares of land purchased with money from the Enviroplan Levy. This will increase recreational opportunities for residents as well help preserve significant animal and plant species. Source: Council increases Conservation Area at Pine Mountain (May 2009)
Ipswich native on critically endangered list
Notelaea ipsviciensis, also known as Cooneana Olive, has been officially recognised as critically endangered by the Threatened Species Scientific Committee. The plant occurs in the Ipswich suburbs of Dinmore and Ebbw Vale and only about 16 plants are known in the wild. It's a small, slow growing shrub that produces a purple fleshy fruit. More at Ipswich City Council website: Cooneana Olive on critically endangered list. (March 2009)
Ipswich looking for tree murder suspects
Three significant fig trees on Queen Victoria Parade, Ipswich have died, believed poisoned. A reward for information leading to successful conviction of the culprit is on offer. The Council is also asking the public for assistance in sourcing mature trees as replacements. More information at Ipswich City Council website: 90 year old figs poisoned - Council offers reward
Progress on Springfield Central Parkland
Ipswich City Council has announced that a project control group will be established to manage development of new "world class" parklands at Springfield Central. One of the group's tasks will be to come up with a final design, after consultation with the community. In addition to serving local residents, it's hoped that the parklands will attract tourists to the region. At 24 hectares, Springfield Central Parkland will be bigger than Roma Street Parklands. More information from Ipswich City Council: New group to progress Springfield Central parklands (March 2008)
Ipswich Environmental Education Centre
The first sod has been turned for the Centre, opposite the kiosk in Queens Park. It will compliment the recently-opened Nature Centre nearby, which houses a variety of animals and birds. Read more at the council's website: $3 million for improvements to Queens Park and Official opening of Stage 2 Ipswich Nature Centre (March 2008)
Tree-friendly development ahead
Ipswich City Council's new tree retention policy aims for a compromise between development and environment, to the benefit of future residents. Retention of existing trees will be encouraged. Where this is not possible, a one-for-one tree replacement policy will require developers to either plant a new tree or contribute to a special tree fund for every tree they remove. Read more at the Ipswich City Council website: Council mandates tree retention in new developments (February 2008)
Rosewood heritage tree gets extra care
A heritage-listed hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii) is receiving extra care from Ipswich City council to ensure that it is not further stressed by the drought. It's hoped that the tree, believed to be about 120 years old, will continue to enhance the main street of Rosewood for many more years to come. Hoop pines were once common it the area, but the council would be interested to hear from anyone who has information about the history of this particular tree. Read more from the Ipswich City Council here: Council works hard to preserve Rosewood hoop pine. (November 2007)
2007 garden competition off
With Level Six water restrictions not far away, the Ipswich Beautification Council has called off the garden competition this year. Instead, Education and Awareness Sessions will help residents learn to garden with less water. More from Ipswich City Council here (PDF):
Drought Stalls 2007 Garden Competition. (May, 2007)
Stage 2 of Nerima Gardens Opened
Their 10th anniversary as sister cities was celebrated by Ipswich and Nerima, Japan, with the opening of Stage Two of Nerima Gardens. With assistance from Nerima, the Gardens have been designed to portray the landscape of the Ipswich region, but in the manner of a traditional Japanese garden.
Gardens on the way for Harrisville town centre
The garden beds constructed in Harrisville's Queen Street will be planted out with a cottage garden theme to compliment the town's hertiage buildings and enhance the appeal to visitors. "The current works are only the first stage in an ongoing plan to spruce up Harrisville and give it a new lease of life," said councillor David Pahlke. August 2004
Historical significance of Ipswich Hoop Pine recognised
In 1899, Salvation Army founder General William Booth planted a Hoop Pine on the Canaan and Anchorage farm, Riverview. Now 105 years old, the tree has recently been designated as a Historical Marker as part of Ipswich City Council's Heritage Marker Program. More information from Ipswich City Council here [PDF] January 2004