Up the garden path: a potted history

Linking house and garden is the primary consideration for contemporary garden designers and a quick look back through garden design history gives us some important precedents to follow. Persia is the commonly accepted birthplace of the concept of the garden as a designed space....
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Create your own private sanctuary

Most of us are looking for ways to find relief from the stresses of our busy everyday lives. We crave time and space for relaxation and our homes and gardens should provide this sanctuary. Our gardens, regardless of their size can play a vital supporting role in providing a...
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Using colour therapy in garden design

Sight is our most immediate physical sense. The kaleidoscope of colour in our environment has an instant effect on how we feel and experience the world around us. Colour influences our thoughts, our actions, our health and even our relationships. Amazingly it has been noted by...
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Garden design by Sydney landscapers

In Sydney’s mild, sub tropical climate, the most successful garden and courtyard design by landscape designers use the possibilities of space and borrow from the surrounding geography to create a natural connection between house, garden and the vista beyond. Taking the cue from...
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Revisting a favourite Sydney landscaping project

Stephen and I spent a delightful late afternoon wandering around the garden with the new owners, marvelling at the play of light on richly coloured autumn leaves, swaying grasses and clipped box hedges. Autumn is when this garden is at its most colourful with bronzes, blazing...
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Create your little piece of paradise with tropical garden design

I’m up here in gorgeous Port Douglas in Far North Queensland and it truly is a tropical paradise brimful of fabulous garden design at every turn. The lush rainforest of the Daintree and the glorious stretch of white sand known as Four Mile Beach form the geographical backdrop to...
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Rainforest songs

Speckled greens and stocky, catcalling from high in the treetops and flitting down to the mossy patch worked paths, a Cat Bird cries in the beauty of the day. Liana highways stretch to the canopy of the green skyscrapers of the forest. Orchids and ferns cling and festoon the...
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A berry nice place to visit

I was singing that great Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid song, “Raindrops keep falling on my head”as we pulled up to the gate of our good friend’s property perched high on Bundawallah Mountain, overlooking the very picturesque township of Berry, the Shaolhaven River and heads...
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Sculpture in the garden

Since Venus, God of love and beauty, was hailed as the presiding deity of gardens by the Roman poet Varro she has been blessed with a long and prosperous reign and sculpture in the garden has continued to be an important ingredient in garden design throughout the history of...
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The Feng Shui of water gardens

Feng Shui stands for water and wind and when water is activated by wind there is a flow of well being through your life. A simple water bowl at your front door can create balance, harmony and prosperity in your environment. When placed to the right of your front door entrance...
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