Jonquils are in full bloom in my garden and the scent from a bunch I’ve picked is wafting through the kitchen. Jonquils are thought of as spring bulbs but these fragrant, yellow-flowered bulbs bloom in winter in my garden. In warmer zones than my Tasmanian garden they can begin to flower in late autumn.
We were driving around the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany, pausing to watch a farmer on an antique tractor tilling the field, when my husband remarked that there was something ‘wrong’ with the landscape.
Water in the garden has a long history, as long as gardens themselves. Any history of gardens and gardening will show that the Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Chinese, Roman, Japanese, Persian, Mughal, Aztec, French, Italian, Dutch and Spanish gardens all featured water prominently in their designs.
Thank you…To Mark and Faye Leveson, for letting us into your lives and for allowing us to bring to you what we do best – to make a garden in memory of your son, Matty. While we know that nothing can replace Matty our entire team hope this token of creation will help you slowly find some form of normality in your lives.
There are but a handful of gardens in Ireland designed by the Englishman Edwin Lutyens and Heywood Gardens is one of them. As if this isn’t recommendation enough, he collaborated with the renowned plantswoman Gertrude Jekyll in designing the formal gardens at Heywood in about 1912.
Using re-purposed items in the garden is not just about being more sustainable. It is also a great way to add character to the items in your garden, save money and can be a lot of fun.
When I think of my childhood, I don’t visualise toys or things; I see a magical place of beauty and majesty – the garden where I grew up. I see the path winding up to the house and having to push aside the weeping foliage to get past, surrounded by an ever-changing array of flowers and foliage. The air was filled with a kaleidoscope of scents and, while at first it seemed quiet, once I tuned in, there was a cacophony of sounds – all natural sounds from insects such as the bees and crickets to frogs, birds and the wind rustling through the foliage.
Beautiful weather, fabulous displays, talks and demonstrations combined to make the 2018 Perth Garden Festival the most successful Perth garden event for many years. Held at a picturesque riverside location in Victoria Park, the show attracted about 34,000 visitors over the four days.
Designers Andy Sturgeon from the UK and Jim Fogarty from Australia will collaborate to design a Landscape Garden at the Singapore Garden Festival that runs from July 21 to August 3, 2018.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is celebrating its 200th birthday this year with a series of events and a new publication. The Gardens: Celebrating Tasmania’s Botanical Treasure 1818-2018 has been released to celebrate the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden’s bicentenary this year.
Whatever your daily trek, we all need places to inspire us. Places that ask us to pause, breathe deep, and rediscover our connections. Nature leads me to that place of discovery. And, a direct inspiration for my work. It’s the patterns, patterns of interconnection, that most interest me. Continue reading