Russell guided us around a stunning garden of eremophilas, some verticordias, darwinias, homoranthus, grevilleas, acacias and more. At Riddells Creek the soil is a rich clay which he has built up with imported local fill to around 0.5 – 1m high. He has placed, and is still placing local rocks to the edge of the mounds. There is no mulch and he lets the rain do the watering. Some beds had been established for 4 years, others 2 and 1 only – astonishing growth everywhere. The garden is on a large scale, and the property is fenced off from rabbits and emus. The eremophilas were too numerous to list and ranged from large, through medium size shrubs, to some lovely smaller and prostrate species. Russell, being a co-author of the book Australia’s Eremophilas: changing gardens for a changing climate, knew them all, and had some interesting stories about his collection. We were thankful for his knowledge and generosity.
Report by M. Ford and revised for website.