The old saying of “those who play together stay together” has been very true when it comes to my Book Club. Formed in 2013, five individuals from our industry meet on a monthly basis to chew the fat and talk all things plants. We may not necessarily have a book on the table, but the discussion is definitely based on our love of getting our hands dirty and all things green.
Through these ‘gatherings’, the seed was sown (pardon the pun) and this new collaboration – Med.O Seeds- has been born!
The idea behind the name is to explore the potential of a sustainable alternative to lawn verges, medians and other open spaces. Using the principles of meadow planting to green up areas which would not necessarily be green and abundant in plant life.
This not for profit company’s Directors include Ian Barker from Ian Barker Gardens, Rod Hanley from Garden Planner’s Landscaping, Kate Bryce from Kate Bryce Horticulture, Bethany Williamson – Registered Landscape Architect and myself Daniel Tyrrell.
Med.O Seeds provided the seeds for the amazing Gold winning garden of Ian Barker Garden’s at this years Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show. The garden was well received by the public and sachets of the Med.O Seeds were also sold.
It has been fantastic to be involved with the City of Hume as we trial our meadow seeds in the Northern suburbs of Melbourne. At this stage our Spring sow will be happening this weekend. Ideally, there will be two years of trials in non-irrigated areas and we will be closely watching what happens in the second season. At this stage we are selling seeds through the website. To purchase Med.O Seeds click here.
If you are a regular reader of my blog or frequent my website you will know that I love the perennial movement and the use of perennial plants in modern gardens. One of my all time favourite designers is Piet Oudolf and I hope that we will see more of this planting style in the streets of Melbourne.
Many thanks to Ian Barker Gardens for providing the beautiful pictures of Ian’s garden “Crossroads” from MIFGS 2015.