Traditionally, when we think of highly sophisticated gardens, it’s often grand parterres and well-clipped, formal hedges and topiary that come to mind. Continue reading
The atmospheric VanDusen Botanical Garden
According to Wikipedia, the role of a botanical garden is “to maintain documented collections of living plants for the purposes of scientific research, conservation, display and education“. I’d always wondered Continue reading
Orange in the Garden: Vibrant or Cheap?
My garden is decidedly orange at the moment. Orange Acer, orange Parthenocissus, orange Anigozanthos, orange Clivia, orange Banksia, orange, well, oranges Continue reading
Sustainable Living in a Suburban Setting
And so back to Australian gardening, after a little foray to Chelsea, with something really quite special.
The garden of ‘Saturday’, named after the owners’ favourite day of the week, didn’t jump out at me at first glance. It was one of the nicer front gardens in the Balgowlah Heights neighbourhood and the Continue reading
Dan Pearson’s Chelsea Best in Show: Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden
I don’t think I’ve come across a garden so unanimously loved as Dan Pearson’s Chelsea 2015 offering. Everywhere I look, everyone I speak to, all seem to be awestruck.
Usually there is Continue reading
Chelsea Show Gardens: 2015
I’m bursting with excitement! It’s Chelsea time.
And what a fabulous year it is. Whilst it doesn’t open for a few more hours and the awards and medals have yet to be announced, I’ve already had Continue reading
Autumn has arrived in Sydney
What a difference a week makes. Last weekend we were in shorts and t-shirts, enjoying a sunny 29 degrees and completely in denial that summer was (almost) over.
Seven days later and Continue reading
Gardens: Functional or Aesthetic?
When I first visited Australia I remember being surprised by much of its building fabric. Translucent, plastic roofs over verandahs; stark, metal, suburban fences; and Continue reading
What’s your ‘thing’?
What is it that makes you want to get up in the morning? What makes your heart sing and all your worries disappear?
I’m very lucky to do a job that I love. Historically, I have got bored very quickly, but I can honestly say that Continue reading
My Melbourne Garden Show Highlights
I’m back, eventually, after a very long four hour flight home from Melbourne. Yes, I know I live in Sydney, it should be just over an hour, but just as we were coming in to land Continue reading