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Backyard festival offers the right advice

The Our Backyard Festival at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens today. PHOTO: Warren & Diana Ackary.

TELEVISION personality Nigel Ruck was on hand to offer landscaping tips and advice at this weekend’s Our Backyard Festival.

Ruck is probably best known as a member of Backyard Blitz, a lifestyle television series that screened for more than six years. He has written two books on landscaping and lawns, and also contributes to a number of gardening and lifestyle publications.

Wollongong Botanic Garden curator Paul Tracey said said it was a real coup to have Nigel join in the fun of the inaugural Our Backyard Festival.

The Backyard Festival was held today in brilliant sunshine at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens, featuring tips on maintaining an environmentally-friendly and sustainable backyard.

There were 70 stallholders in the gardens selling everything from locally-made honey and jams to seeds and succulents.

Plus, there were workshops on growing veggies and chook keeping.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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