Bellis open day – Brought to you by Jerry Coleby-Williams, ABC Gardening Australia presenter

Bellis garden, autumn 2018

The annual Open Day at Bellis garden in subtropical Brisbane will be on Mother’s Day Weekend, 12-13th May 2018. Over 500 different climate-appropriate plants grow at Bellis for food, medicine, pesticides, to support biodiversity and including climate change-ready ornamentals.

 This is a great opportunity to visit an extraordinary 21st century cottage garden and take away ideas and inspiration for sustainable food growing and boosting beneficial biodiversity at home. 

See and experience just how much can be achieved on an ordinary suburban block and find out how you can do it too. There will be plants and books for sale.
The Perennial Poppies Inc., Queensland’s best garden club, will have volunteers staffing the gate.

This year Jerry is delighted to be joined by Dr Tim Heard, a native bee expert and entomologist (www.sugarbag.net). Each day at 2.00pm, Tim will split one of Jerry’s native stingless bee hives. One hive of warm temperate-subtropical Tetragonula carbonaria and one hive of tropical-subtropical T. hockingsii will be split. If there’s enough sugarbag, you may have a chance to taste their honey. These are two of the twenty six species of native bee which visit or live at Bellis.

“Bellis is not an attempt at self-sufficiency, but it is a living example of how we can turn our Aussie backyards into an environmental advantage, without compromising our lifestyle.

 Everything growing here can be grown by an average gardener on an average income. Discover how to reduce your ecological footprint whilst reducing the cost of living.” Jerry Coleby-Williams

GARDEN ADDRESS: 56 Daisy Street, WYNNUM, QLD 4178;

OPENING: 12th and 13th May 2018, from 9.00am to 4.30pm;

ADMISSION: $10 adults, under 18 free;


* Wear sensible shoes (stilettos and mulch don’t work);

* Prior to entry you must be prepared to disinfect the soles of your shoes in the disinfectant provided;

* Unsuitable for wheelchairs and strollers;

* No pets;

* Supervise children at all times: plant spines, chillies and euphorbia sap may cause injury;

* Nearest 24 hour medical facilities: Wynnum-Manly Community Health Centre, ‘Gundu Pa’, 20 New Lindum Road, Wynnum West, 4178.  Reception: 07 3213 7800. 24-hour Primary Care Centre: 07 3213 7900;

* Nearest railway station: Wynnum Station, 7 Madgwick Street, QLD 4178. Not Wynnum North Station and not Wynnum Central Station, but Wynnum Station. It’s on the Cleveland line;

* Nearest public toilets: Wynnum Esplanade, opposite ‘The Pelican’s Nest by the Bay’, 143 Wynnum Esplanade, QLD 4178;

* While you’re here, fancy joining Jerry on a garden tour? There are a few places left to join Jerry and tour the gardens of Singapore, including the biennial Singapore Garden Festival, this winter from 19th to 24th July 2018. 

Some of you may have already travelled with Jerry, courtesy of The Adventure Traveller, touring Sri Lanka, Vietnam and New Zealand. The garden tour of Norway is next in June 2018.

Acalypha reptans ‘Summer Love’;
Aechmea weilbachii forma pendula;
Agave potatorum;
Alternanthera dentata ‘Little Ruby’;
Aralia, Ming, Polyscias guilfoylei ‘Oakleaf’;
Aralia, variegated, Polyscias guilfoylei ‘Variegata’;
Basil, camphor, Ocimum kilimandscharicum × basilicum;
Begonia, Lilly-pad, Begonia nelumbiifolia;
Bunya, Ormiston House provenance, Araucaria bidwillii;
Burdekin plum, Pleiogynium timorense, Ormiston House provenance;
Burn jelly plant, Bulbine frutescens;
Butterfly tree, aka native pomegranate, Capparis arborea;
Cape Giant Cycad, Encephalartos altensteinii (male);
Cassava, Seed Saver’s best cv., Manihot esculenta;
Cassava, variegated, Manihot esculenta ‘Variegata’;
Chaplu, Piper sarmentosum;
Chilli, Capsicum annuum ‘Habanero’;
Chilli, Capsicum chinense;
Chilli, Capsicum baccatum var. pendulum ‘Bishop’s Crown’;
Chinese potato, Plectranthus tuberosus;
Chocolate pudding tree, Diospyros digyna;
Citrange, Citrus x insitorum;
Cocoyam, Xanthosoma saggitifolia;
Coleus, mixed, Plectranthus scutellarioides;
Cordyline terminalis ‘Ruby’;
Corkscrew rush, Juncus effusus ‘Spiralis’;
Crinum, Giant, Crinum asiaticum var. pedunculatum (do not confuse with the common native C. pedunculatum);
Crinum mauritianum;
Crinum x Menehune ‘Burgundy Edge’;
Crinum xanthophyllum;
Crown of Thorns, Gerold’s Thornless; Euphorbia geroldii;
Cumquat, Fortunella margarita ‘Nagami’;
Davidson’s plum, Davidsonia pruriens var. pruriens;
Daylily, Barb’s viviparous yellow-flowered cultivar, Hemerocallis sp.;
Dracaena aletriformis;
Dracaena fragrans ‘Compacta’;
Dracaena marginata ‘Black Knight’;
Dracaena marginata ‘Tricolor’;
Edmundoa lindenii ‘Variegata’;
Euphorbia gramineus;
False cardamom, Alpinia nutans;
Feijoa, Acca sellowiana;
Firespike, Purple, Odontonema callistachyum (do not confuse with common red species);
Fish mint, green-leaved, Houttuynia cordata;
Fish mint, marbled, Houttuynia cordata’Harlequin’;
Four seasons herb, Plectranthus amboinicus – mixed;
Frangipani, Gilded Spoon, Plumeria pudica;
Galangal, Alpinia galanga ‘Monkey Puzzle’;
Giant Calotropis, White, Calotropis gigantea ‘Alba’;
Ginger, culinary, Zingiber officinale;
Ginger, Puyang, Zingiber aromaticum;
Ginger, Red butterfly, Hedychium greenii;
Ginger, shampoo, Zingiber newmanii;
Hibiscus, cranberry, Hibiscus acetosella;
Hope’s Lepidozamia, Lepidozamia hopei;
Hymenocallis caribaea ‘Variegata’;
Hyssop, water, Bacopa monnieri;
Jaboticaba, Plinia cauliflora;
Jackfruit, Artocarpus heterophyllus (2nd generation);
Krachai, Boesenbergia rotunda;
Leek, Seedsaver’s subtropical adapted multiplier leek, Allium ampeloprasum var. porrum;
Lime, Finger, Citrus australasica;
Lime, Kaffir, Citrus hystrix;
Lucky red bean tree aka Matakoviriviri, Adenanthera pavonina;
Macadamia nut, Ormiston House provenance, Macadamia integrifolia;
Malabar chestnut, Pachira insignis;
Mandarin, Citrus reticulata ‘Parramatta Sweets’;
Mexican Tree Spinach, Cnidoscolus aconitifolius;
Mint, Corsican, Mentha requienii;
Mint, Moroccan, Mentha spicata;
Mint, Vietnamese, Persicaria odorata;
Morning glory, Woolly, Argyreia nervosa;
Nardoo, Marsilea mutica;
Native tamarind, Diploglottis australis;
Okinawa spinach, Gynura bicolor (syn. G crepioides);
Pandan, Pandanus amarylliifolius;
Pandanus cookii;
Parrot’s beak, Gmelina philippinensis;
Pepino, Solanum muricatum;
Pitahaya, White, Hylocereus undatus (unrooted cuttings);
Puya mirabilis;
Quadrangulata tree, Maytenus quadrangulata;
Richmond birdwing butterfly vine, Pararistolochia praevenosa;
Roly poly satinash, Syzygium unipunctatum;
Rosemary, Fastigiate, Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Miss Jessopp’;
Society garlic, double white-flowered, Tulbaghia violacea ‘Fairy Stars’;
Society garlic, variegated, Tulbaghia violacea ‘Variegata’;
Soursop, Annona muricata;
Starfruit, Averrhoa carambola;
Storm lily, common, Habranthus robustus;
Storm lily, white, Zephyranthes alba;
Storm lily, yellow, Zephyranthes flava;
Sweetleaf, Sauropus androgynus;
Taro, celery stem, Colocasia esculenta;
Tarragon, Mexican, Tagetes lucida;
Tomato, beefsteak, Solanum lycopersicum ‘Verna Orange’;
Tree tomato, Cyphomandra betacea;
Turmeric, Curcuma longa;
Tzimbalo, Solanum caripense;
Vriesea ‘Bianca x Jolly Green Giant’;
White sapote, Casimroa edulis;
White Velvet, Tradescantia sillamontana;
Yam, Elephant foot, Amorphophallus paeoniifolius;
Yam, Winged, Dioscorea alata;
Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, variegated, Brunfelsia ‘Everyday’;
Total: 107 taxa.
All sold on a first come, first served basis.