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Australia's top 20 rieslings
22.02.2017

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Recipes by Christine Manfield
21.02.2017

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Normandy landings
20.02.2017

To travel to Normandy along the Seine is to take it by stealth, writes Larissa Dubecki, who ventured forth in search of chateaux and Calvados.

Cirrus, Sydney review
20.02.2017

Cirrus moves the Bentley team down to the water and into more lighthearted territory without sacrificing polish, writes Pat Nourse.

How to grow rocket
20.02.2017

A vegetable patch without rocket lacks a great staple, according to Mat Pember. The perennial performer is a leaf for all seasons.

50BestTalks brings World’s best chefs to Sydney and Melbourne
16.02.2017

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Toby Wilson, Sean McManus and Jon Kennedy to open Bad Hombres
16.02.2017

Expect Mexican-Asian flavours and an all-natural wine list from two of Sydney’s edgier operators.

Local Knowledge: Moscow
16.02.2017

Director of Shakespeare theatre company Cheek by Jowl Declan Donnellan walks us through the essential sights and his favourite cafes and restaurants of his hometown.

Saksia Havekes's tips for party flower arrangements

Saskia Havekes's flower addiction bloomed at an early age. "Flowers have always been an important part of my life," she says. "My mother often drew our attention to them, pointing out different blooms wherever we happened to be."

And her flora fascination has flourished into a career. Her Sydney business, Grandiflora, now in its 20th year, creates some of the most impressive arrangements in the country. It's the florist of choice for weddings for the bold-face name set, for glossy editorial shoots and for major events, not to mention one of the chicest places in town to pick up a "thank you", "I love you" or "congratulations" bouquet.

Her new book, Flower Addict, offers a behind-the-scenes look at some of Grandiflora's most extravagant installations, as captured by photographer Nicholas Watt.

Flowers, Havekes says, bring personality to any event - be it a big-budget corporate blow-out or an intimate gathering at home. "They're crucial," she says. "Even if you just have leaves or some moss or something that brings nature into the event, it creates such an ambience. It doesn't always have to be the biggest most extravagant, expensive treatment; it can be just something really honest and simple. It shows character."

Havekes has one piece of advice for organising flowers at home: keep it simple.

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