Warwick Forge

About Warwick Forge

Warwick Forge gained a passion for heritage, gardens and nature while working for the National Trust and Trust for Nature. With his wife Sue, he publishes books on these topics and in 2002 took over the Australian Landscape Conference. This is now an international biennial conference attracting quite remarkable speakers. For fun, he leads tours to South America featuring Burle Marx and Juan Grimm gardens and to Peru for Inca heritage. For peace, he escapes with Sue to their garden and hens at Merricks.

Juan Grimm in harmony with nature

Everyone responds to the gardens of Juan Grimm – leading South American designer – and I often wonder at their beauty and the reasons for their success. It is in his plantings and landscaping that we see how he harmonises with nature. In the garden at Melipilla, about an hour south of Santiago in Chile, he has created layers of horizontal planes, which echo the natural landscape and culminate in the house which in this picture, is barely visible within the landscape. Continue reading

Louisa Jones fell in love with France

Louisa Jones fell in love with France and Provence as a student in the late 1960s and lives there to this day. English friends said there were no important gardens in Provence but she soon realised they were thinking of flower gardens and that vernacular gardens which had evolved over millennia were not appreciated. Continue reading