David Astley

David Astley lives in the Philippines where he has a 3,000 sq m garden of tropical fruit trees, rare palms and Philippines natives. He has established gardens in tropical Australia and Malaysia as well. He has authored several books on tropical gardening and was the host of the weekly television program 'Darwin Gardener'.

The World’s Best Orchid Gardens in the Tropics

As a keen orchid grower and photographer, I’m often asked by gardening friends about where the best tropical orchid gardens are located in the world. These are...

Yearning to Return to Beautiful Costa Rica

Costa Rica is one of the most eco-friendly tropical countries in the world. It is home to more than half a million species of flora and fauna...

The Beauty and Fragrance of Tropical Plumerias (aka Frangipanis)

Plumerias are small tropical trees that are widely grown throughout the tropical world. In some countries the plumeria is known as frangipani and it has a wide...

Using Plants to Stabilize Slopes in the Tropics

In the small garden, the stabilization of steep slopes is usually achieved through the building of retaining walls. These can be built using a variety of materials...

Where to Find the Best Tropical Interior Decorating Ideas on the Web

When we think about redecorating a room in a tropical home, or starting from scratch in a new house, we are often overwhelmed by the options available....

Kiribati: One of the Least Visited Countries in the Tropics

The Republic of Kiribati (pronounced Kiri-bahs) is a country that not many people have heard of, outside of those who live in the Pacific. Kiribati is an...