GardenDrumA beautiful landform garden

Landform design Michael Bates

Landform design Michael Bates

Proving that good landscape design is not always just about plants, Michael Bates of Bates Landscape has made his own exquisite landform garden in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.

Landform design Michael Bates

Landform design Michael Bates

Inspired by Charles Jencks’ Garden of Cosmic Speculation in Scotland, Michael’s garden uses a spiral curve combined with impossibly sharp-edged crests to create a beautiful piece of landform art.

Landform design Michael Bates

Landform design Michael Bates

Landform design Michael Bates

Landform design Michael Bates

Using landform fulfils several functions, both practical and aesthetic – it contains the sloping area below the house, making a more enclosed garden area; it pushes out the gravel access path around its curving base, controlling a visitor’s arrival at the jetty and views on approach; it adds beautiful shadows in low angled light; it’s low maintenance; and it’s the best playground for not-really-grown-ups, as you can see in Michael’s video!

Watch how the landform was constructed…..

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2 thoughts on “A beautiful landform garden

    • Haha yes, as a fellow ‘not-really-grown-up’, I can definitely see you rolling down those hills. Much to our childish embarrassment, my mother used to roll down grassy hills at every opportunity. I remember her doing it several times over on a slope at Vaucluse House once, then sitting up groggily and exclaiming “It’s better than sherry!”

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