11 10, 2016

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 1. Choosing the right tomato for you

By | October 11th, 2016|Nursery Advice, Uncategorized|0 Comments

It's not unusual this time of year to see a CERES Nursery horticulturalist gesticulating wildly in the tomato section, trying to convey a sense of JUST HOW BIG a particular variety will grow, while a queue of customers look on wide-eyed and captivated! We thought we'd make it easy for you and post some [...]

5 03, 2015

Art in Gardens project

By | March 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

"Gardens are not made by singing 'oh how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade." - Rudyard Kipling CERES has always been receptive to new artwork and the latest is a depiction of a Sacred Kingfisher and a Butterfly.  An outline has been carved in the hard basalt boulders at the back of the old cafe [...]

1 12, 2014

What interesting toilets

By | December 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two years ago we installed a cutting-edge, very low-flush (2 litre/3 litre) toilet system in the toilet block next to the café... Rainwater collected from the buildings on Lee Street and near the café is stored in an underground tank and is used to flush these toilets. When the tank is empty we need to [...]

20 10, 2014

The man who honey coated Melbourne

By | October 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lyndon Fenlon from the Urban Honey Co wrote an email the other day and it just blew me away (that's Lyndon in the middle delivering hives to the Rialto on his beekeeper's bike) . He announced that he was closing the Urban Honey Co he'd founded and was heading out to start anew in East [...]

18 11, 2013


By | November 18th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Only within the moment of time represented by the present century has one species -- man -- acquired significant power to alter the nature of the world. ” ― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring And if we do indeed have that power, what do we want the world to look like? At the National Day of [...]

29 10, 2013

What we could learn from footy

By | October 29th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

People often seem surprised when they find out that I love AFL (they’re even more surprised when I tell them I’m a loyal member of the Melbourne Demons Football Club). It appears that “sustainability” and “footy” are polar opposites when it comes to stereotypes. Is it really possible for a female environmental educator and campaigner [...]

22 10, 2013

The ocean is broken

By | October 22nd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lying in bed checking Facebook as I seem to do too often these days, I was absolutely horrified to read this. An Australian yachtsman voyaged from Melbourne to Osaka to San Franciso a few months ago and discovered there were almost no fish in the ocean for the whole journey, consequently no birds and a [...]

7 10, 2013

Good to Great

By | October 7th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“When - what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine - come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a [...]

23 09, 2013

From despair to hope

By | September 23rd, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Many scientific disciplines have had something to say about climate change -- climatologists, geologists, zoologists, biologists, meteorologists. The one group that I think we need to listen to more (and hear more from) are the psychologists. We need to create and foster rapid, long-lasting pro-environmental behaviours that stop climate change in its tracks and protect [...]