For those sticking a tentative green thumb into gardening via indoor plants, balcony arrangements and courtyard jungle-making, Jason Chongue’s Green (Hardie Grant, $33) has tips and inspiration. Chongue established the plant shop and design consultancy The Plant Society in Melbourne 2016, which now has outposts in Sydney. He is a dedicated plant nut and Instagrammer, who believes that no interior – even dim rooms with no windows – need be without a plant. Even in the gloom, he says, aspidistra, Zanzibar gem and philodendron will live, especially if given two weeks in bright indoor daylight, without direct sun, as a reward for every two weeks endured in the dimness.
With time to browse, the big opportunity (and sad news) is that Australia’s only dedicated garden book specialist is closing down. Gil Teague’s Florilegium has been a fixture at plant fairs, garden club meetings and wherever else gardeners meet, for 30 years, but he is now calling time. To clear the shelves, the Christmas catalogue – featuring around 50 new and old titles (including some rarities from the estate of James Fairfax) – has been discounted, while the rest of the collection of new, used and rare books is on sale at 50 per cent off.
Even in the gloom, he says, aspidistra, Zanzibar gem and philodendron will live, especially if given two weeks in bright indoor daylight, without direct sun, as a reward for every two weeks endured in the dimness.
A quick flick instantly reveals must-haves for the shelves of any garden lover – perhaps the highly influential Bold Romantic Gardens by Oehme and Van Sweden, discounted to $25, or the story of Dream Gardens presenter Michael McCoy’s 2000 project to make a satisfying garden in 12 months on a strict budget, Michael McCoy’s Garden, at $10. The doors stay open until Christmas Eve (65 Derwent Street, Glebe or florilegium.com.au).