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A Journey of inspirational Gardens
It was the trip in 1998 to the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island that inspired Jan to start her garden at Coucals.

This presentation captures the beauty of a range of gardens in Canada and Europe including the Minter and Butchart Gardens in Canada, Sissinghurst in England,  Monetís Garden in France and a Baroque Garden in Italy.

The trip continues through the temple gardens in China, capturing the oriental architecture.
To cap it off, your adventure takes you through some wonderful gardens in Ireland including; Powerscourt, Bantry House, and Illnacullin.

In 2009 Jan and Jim were lucky to go to Japan just as the Cherry Blossom season was beginning.  This tour starts at Tokyo and takes a look at some of Japans most beautiful gardens.  Traveling from Kanazawa to Kyoto which justifiably is the most famous area for beautiful gardens and then onto Hiroshima.  Along the way Jan has tried to capture some philosophy behind Japanese Gardens and the fascinating history going back centuries.

Having grown orchids for over 40 years, Jan shows how to grow these enticing plants in Brisbane.  Each variety is covered separately covering their ideal situation for growing and flowering.

Placing, Potting, watering and lighting details are covered and explained in full. 
Orchid Growing can be done as a presentation or as a demonstration with orchids.
This is a powerpoint presentation showing;
What is growing at Coucals throughout the seasons. 
How the borders and terraces are planted.
Planting companions and where to plant them in the garden.
Or can be a presentation on plants:
Sub-tropical Bulbs
Tough and Showy Plants
This slide show presentation brings to life gardening in a dry climate from humble small gardens to the grandiose, new and old.

A journey through seven countries in the Mediterranean explores gardening with plants that have to survive the forces of nature.

Most of the plants shown can be grown in our own gardens here.

Spectacular scenery showcasing plants from Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Canary Islands which grow side by side with Mediterranean Plants.
CORNWALL, famous for its dramatic coastline and enjoying a milder climate than the rest of England, offers cliff top walks, fantastic views and some of Englandís most beautiful gardens.
This presentation takes a journey through 10 of the most beautiful gardens in Cornwall giving an awe inspiring look at plantings and history;

The Lost gardens of Heligan, Caerhays Castle, Lamorran Gardens, Trelissick Gardens, Godolphin, The Eden Project, Glendurgan, Trebah, Lanhydrock and Cotehele.