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November 4, 2016 We’re almost ready for visitors

As the week progresses we're inching toward the big day this coming Sunday 6th November when we open our gates to the public, and launch `Disobedient Gardens' the book I have been writing and working on for almost four years (with extraordinary images by Brigid...

October 18, 2016 Waterside success

Last Friday Mark and I had a delivery to do; a garden to fill with plants before a weekend party guests. And within one minute of the delivery we had two other gardens to call in at (busy morning). This particular garden has been planted...

October 18, 2016 Rare African bulbs

With a few wet days the garden has revived. Some plants don’t mind if they never receive a drop – and this is how it is with the blood lily Haemanthus coccineus. Native to South Africa, it receives little water over the summer months. I grow mine...

October 2, 2016 Wintergreen

This morning I called out to visit friends – to revisit a garden that we designed a few years ago and see the progress.  We spoke a week ago to arrange a time hoping that it would be a bright sunny day, and today was...

October 2, 2016 North Avoca Garden

Early last week I was asked to call in to see the progress of a garden that we designed a few years ago. Good gardens aren’t built overnight as they are on television, and the bespoke screen that we had designed to give the owners privacy...

October 1, 2016 Lush

Selling a house is always traumatic. A few months ago a friend sold the home they had lived in for many years. Before the opportunity had passed I thought I should ask Brigid to photograph it. As it turns out the new owners love the garden so...

October 1, 2016 Hunter Valley Projects

Travelling has refreshed me and opened my mind to the unique beauty of our own homeland. This past week Mark and I were in Hunter Valley wine country, which in Winter is very beautiful in its own special way. We have just completed another Hunter Valley...

October 1, 2016 A little bit of Provence on the Central Coast

We work with quite a few teams of talented landscape contractors every day who transform our paper designs to real gardens, and for this we are truly grateful. One such contractor is Andrew Noble from Cornerstone Landscaping who is transforming his first acreage into an inspiring place...