An intriguing show garden won Gold at Grand Designs Live, Melbourne. ‘Vitality‘ by designer Stephen Read takes a tub outside – but this bath in a garden is much cleverer than that.
Contrasting a reused pressed metal wall and reclaimed blackbutt (eucalypt) hardwood decking with the newness of polished concrete pavers, ‘Vitality‘ also adds a rain garden so that drained bath water can filter through a small wetland and, from there, safely water the garden and also recharge the water table. Large plant-filled gaps between pavers also aid permeability.
Like all good gardens there are trees for shading, and plenty of surrounding greenery to soothe jangled nerves at the end of a long day.
Designed to show that you don’t alway need a sharp line defining what’s indoors and what is outside, Stephen Read has created something both beautiful and very appealing. I like the crispness of the built elements and how they contrast with a fuzziness in the planting of raphiolepis, flowering hellebores, orchids and flax. And while there’s a sense of warmth and earthiness from timber and plants that stops this feeling too ‘bathroomy’, I’m glad for the more clinical clean feel of a white bath and wall.
Fancy a soak?