Member Spotlight: Andrew Price FAIH RH

AIH Fellow Andrew Price FAIH RH Features On ABC Gardening Australia

 

AIH Registered Horticulturist, Fellow of the Institute, and gardener Andrew Price FAIH RH takes us through his garden in Ermington NSW. With a tropical back garden and a mix of natives, cacti and succulents in the front garden, he has planted a wide variety of plants that would give any gardener inspiration and new ideas for a lush, green garden.

 

In his garden you will find oranges, pinks, and reds – plants that flower in that colour palette throughout the year. To “fool the eye” (Trompe L’Oeil, a French term), he has maximised his small garden to look big, and places emphasis on pruning edges and using foliage and textures to define a space and to give the garden depth. He’s using a yellow colour palette to brighten up the space.

 

Image Credit: ABC Gardening Australia

Image Credit: ABC Gardening Australia

 

20 years ago Andrew started working with aquariums, artificially cultivating plants that produce oxygen using energy-efficient LED lights. The plants are growing in pots rather than in gravel to allow any composition in the tank: to pick them up, clean them and put them back in. When cleaning the tank he uses a hose to change the water to siphon out any debris and algae. The water collected can then be reused on the garden.

 

Image Credit: ABC Gardening Australia

Image Credit: ABC Gardening Australia

 

“To me, having a garden is vital for your mental health and well-being, something that gives you grounding and there’s memories… Everybody should have a garden.” says Andrew.

 

Andrew Price FAIH RH runs Jungle Horticulture, offering unique, naturally crafted gardens and designs to suit diverse tastes. Members of the Australian Institute of Horticulture are invited to contact Andrew on 0414 614 749 for a tour of his gardens and access to propagation materials.

 

Andrew was a feature on ABC Gardening Australia on Friday 8 February 2019.

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