“Before you fairly start this story, I should like to give you just a word of warning. If you imagine you are going to read of model children…you had better lay down the book immediately…Not one of the seven is really good, for the excellent reason that Australian children never are…There is a lurking sparkle of joyousness and rebellion and mischief in nature here, and therefore in children”. Ethel Turner, Seven Little Australians
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.
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.
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.
In an increasingly fractured world and where global and political conflict prevail, projects that explore new cultural understandings and celebrate the beauty of nature and the power of friendship can offer us a sense of hope, beyond polarisation and despair. Continue reading
Are you planning to visit Italy this May but you want to see something different? Would you like to visit some unique gardens guided by an expert? Would you like a local guide that shows you places that only Italians know? If your answer is ‘YES!’ you should join me for the garden tour of Royal Palace of Caserta, Sicily and Sardinia. Continue reading
The iconic Palm House at London’s Royal Botanic Garden is the stunning finale on a magical Christmas trail around Kew gardens, adorned with over one million twinkling lights to get you in the mood for the festive season. As befitting for the most famous botanical garden in the world, this is not simply some lights draped around trees, but a series of imaginative light and sound installations. Continue reading
‘Le Jardin Secret Open Air Museum’ in Marrakech’s massive medina is the restored riad of the last sultan of Morocco. It has two courtyards; the larger is the Islamic Garden, a paradise garden in reinstated cruciform layout and replanted in keeping with the tradition of Islamic gardens. The other is the Exotic Garden – more intimate with complex planting. This smaller one fired my imagination, so I’ll write about it here. Continue reading
On the 50th anniversary of Adrian Bloom’s Foggy Bottom garden I was lucky enough to have a tour of the iconic Bressingham Gardens from the man himself. The six gardens, spread over 17 acres (6.9 ha), are breathtakingly beautiful and should be a Mecca for any garden lover. Continue reading
Gardening is touted as good for your health and mind but it is also a pathway to discover more about history and the world around us. It is even possible to learn about Australian politics through gardening. Continue reading
This garden has been analysed, hyperbolised and dissected in every imaginable way. A library has been written about every aspect of it, not to mention millions of photographs! What more can one possibly add? Maybe only my own ‘humble’ perspective for what it’s worth. Continue reading