My Garden Path – James Brincat – Fact Sheets – Gardening Australia

SERIES 31 | Episode 29

We meet James Brincat, who is Area Chief Ranger for Parks Victoria, looking after a number of sites on Wadawurrung, Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boon Wurrung Country: his remit includes Point Cook Coastal Park, Werribee River Park and Werribee Park, all about 30km south-west of Melbourne.

But it’s the 25 hectares of formally laid-out gardens, parkland and productive areas around Werribee Mansion that is where the horticulture happens and that’s what he loves.

The Victorian State Rose Garden is a major feature – the 5,000 roses are tended by a dedicated team of about 60-70 volunteers who come out each week to prune, weed and care for the plants – as well as meeting up and having a cuppa. “This place is one of the largest community hubs in Werribee,” James says. That is due in no small part to his open, friendly leadership.

James admits as a kid he had ADHD and this hyperactivity and lack of focus meant he got into some mischief. But he always loved plants and his family encouraged this. “Horticulture changed everything for me,” he says.

He studied horticulture after school and worked at Fitzroy Gardens, in charge of the hydrangeas. Next he moved to the Dandenong Ranges Gardens for what was to become Parks Victoria.

At the newly restored glasshouse at Werribee Park a new display has been installed that cleverly creates a tropical look using large-leafed non-tropical plants and ferns.

At Werribee Park he has fostered a number of community projects, launching a language-learning program for Karen refugees that evolved into a huge community-garden-style vegetable patch. It also led to a traineeship program that has given a positive direction to the lives of several young people in the area, including refugees. “I do love to pass on that horticultural knowledge to the next generation,” he says.

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Kmart Australia unveils a new range of kitchen gadgets – including a seven-litre air fryer

Kmart quietly unveils a new range of kitchen gadgets – including a seven-litre air fryer, a $25 chocolate fountain and a theatre popcorn maker

  • Kmart Australia has unveiled an incredible new range of kitchen gadgets 
  • The affordable collection has ‘just landed’ in stores and online across country
  • Deals include a $119 air fryer, $25 chocolate fountain and a $60 popcorn maker

Kmart Australia has unveiled a new range of kitchen gadgets – including a seven-litre air fryer, a $25 chocolate fountain and a popcorn maker.

The affordable collection has ‘just landed’ in stores and online so shoppers can take their savoury and sweet dishes to the next level.

Notable deals include a $119 seven-litre air fryer, a $25 crepe maker and a $60 theatre popcorn maker that’s perfect for those fun movie nights.

Kmart Australia has unveiled an incredible new range of kitchen gadgets - including a $119 seven-litre air fryer, a $25 chocolate fountain, $25 crepe maker, a $60 theatre popcorn maker, $40 cotton candy maker and a $45 station buffet

Kmart Australia has unveiled an incredible new range of kitchen gadgets – including a $119 seven-litre air fryer, a $25 chocolate fountain, $25 crepe maker, a $60 theatre popcorn maker, $40 cotton candy maker and a $45 station buffet

Prepare delicious meals in a flash with the new air fryer – complete with a digital display, eight pre-set functions, 60 minute timer setting, and a removable frying basket with a non-stick coating for easy cleaning.

Entertain guests at your birthday or Christmas party with a $25 chocolate fountain that’s perfect for dipping marshmallows, strawberries, cookies, or doughnuts.

Make sweet and savoury crepes for breakfast in a $25 crepe maker featuring a non-stick coating plate, batter spreading tool, wooden spatula and turning paddle.

Whip up frosty slushies, cocktails and snow cones with a $40 frozen drink maker with a stainless steel cutting blade and snow or shaved ice texture settings.

$119 seven-litre air fryer

$25 chocolate fountain

Notable deals include a $119 seven-litre air fryer (left) and a $25 chocolate fountain (right)

$60 theatre popcorn maker

Create sweet and savoury crepes for breakfast in a $25 crepe maker

Prepare fresh popcorn for movie nights in a $60 theatre popcorn maker (left) or create sweet and savoury crepes for breakfast in a $25 crepe maker (right)

Make fairy floss in a $40 cotton candy maker

$45 station buffet

Make fairy floss in $40 cotton candy maker (left) or keep food hot in $45 station buffet (right)

Create fairy floss at home using a $40 cotton candy maker or prepare fresh popcorn in a jiffy in a $60 theatre popcorn maker.

Keep food hot in a $45 station buffet that will come in handy for backyard parties or gatherings over summer. 

Perfect for meal prepping, chop, slice or grate ingredients, prepare salad dressings or knead dough efficiently in a $69 two-litre food processor.

Other new items to hit shelves include a wide range of faux plants like a $29 peace lily, $15 orchid in a patterned pot, $6 succulents, or $8 mixed flowers bunch.

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Aldi Australia set to launch a massive kitchen range – including a $99.99 air fryer

Aldi set to launch a MASSIVE kitchen collection – including a $99.99 air fryer, bar fridge and an electric wine bottle opener for just $39.99

  • Aldi Australia is set to unveil a new range of kitchen gadgets on October 10 
  • The collection includes $99.99 air fryer oven and a $39.99 electric bottle opener
  • Other items include a vintage bar fridge and a stick mixer set for just $19.99

Aldi Australia is set to unveil a new range of kitchen gadgets – including a $99.99 air fryer oven with a pizza function, a vintage bar fridge and a $39.99 electric wine bottle opener.

Home cooks can head into stores on Saturday, October 10 to get their hands on the budget Special Buys collection.

Among the deals are an air fryer that doubles as an oven, a 158L bar fridge with freezer compartment for $249 and a stick mixer set for just $19.99. 

Shoppers will be able to make their own pizzas in the 23L air fryer oven, which comes with a baking tray, rack, rotisserie set, air fryer basket and pizza stone

Shoppers will be able to make their own pizzas in the 23L air fryer oven, which comes with a baking tray, rack, rotisserie set, air fryer basket and pizza stone

Wine lovers can open bottles with ease using the $39.99 electric wine opening set, which comes with a storage stand, a preserver and two stoppers

Wine lovers can open bottles with ease using the $39.99 electric wine opening set, which comes with a storage stand, a preserver and two stoppers

Shoppers will be able to make their own pizzas in the 23L air fryer oven, which comes with a baking tray, rack, rotisserie set, air fryer basket and pizza stone.

The gadget device features a 10 preset cooking functions including dehydrate and air fry so you cook a pizza, whole chicken, chips, fish, steak, drumsticks and cake. 

Perfect for prepping food in a flash, the $19.99 stick mixer comes complete with chopping bowl, a 500mL chopping bowl and a 700mL blending jug.

Wine lovers can open bottles with ease using the $39.99 electric wine opening set, which comes with a storage stand, a preserver and two stoppers.

For a sleek design, shoppers can enjoy a 115L vintage bar fridge for $299

The bar fridge features a glass door, a two-bottle capacity wine rack, glass shelves and a crisper drawer.

For a sleek design, shoppers can enjoy a 115L vintage bar fridge for $299, which features a glass door, a two-bottle capacity wine rack, glass shelves and a crisper drawer

Other items on sale include a chic $49.99 digital stainless steel kettle with a 30-minute keep warm function and a $59.99 four-slice toaster with a dual LCD countdown timer display, adjustable browning control dials and anti-jam function

Other items on sale include a chic $49.99 digital stainless steel kettle with a 30-minute keep warm function and a $59.99 four-slice toaster with a dual LCD countdown timer display, adjustable browning control dials and anti-jam function

There's also a 158L bar fridge with freezer compartment for just $249

There's also a 158L bar fridge with freezer compartment for just $249

There’s also a 158L bar fridge with freezer compartment for just $249, which has a temperature control, semi-automatic defrost function, magnetic door seal, glass shelves, crisper drawer and three door balconies

For a sleek design, shoppers can enjoy a 115L vintage bar fridge for $299, which features a glass door, a two-bottle capacity wine rack, glass shelves and a crisper drawer.

There’s also a 158L bar fridge with freezer compartment for just $249, which has a temperature control, semi-automatic defrost function, magnetic door seal, glass shelves, crisper drawer and three door balconies. 

Other items on sale include a chic $49.99

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My Garden Path – Will Salter – Fact Sheets – Gardening Australia

SERIES 31 | Episode 28

We meet garden and landscape photographer Will Salter, whose love of capturing both natural and beautifully designed spaces has sparked an interest in creating his own garden on Boon Wurrung Country.

His images often reflect the patterns in nature as well as more evocative landscape shots,

“Nature is my passion in both my life and my work,” Will says. “Many people don’t have a connection to nature but I hope, if I can capture it in an image, they will resonate with that.”

His love of photography started with a small Instamatic camera that he took with him when he spent a year as a jackaroo. He started a course in horticulture but transferred mid-way to photography.

For many years he worked as an adventure travel and overseas aid photographer. After starting a family and moving to Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, his focus turned to his immediate backyard instead. This led him to Musk Cottage, the home of garden designer Rick Eckersley. The pair became friends and Will says he has borrowed some visions and ideas from Rick’s garden and emulated them at home.

His current garden contains mature trees but the border plantings are only a year old; it is the third he has created and includes a mix of native and exotic plants.

Another designer he works with is Nadette Cuming, who created the Yalambie garden in Merricks.

Will’s number one tip for garden photography is to put the camera down and look around first, for sight lines and try to evoke a feeling.

Filmed on Boon Wurrung Country

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