October 7, 2018 Summer on my mind

It's cold, wet and windy, we've been waiting for rain for so long and I'm not complaining which has given me the opportunity to get writing. I've been out walking around the garden this morning making slight adjustments to plantings. I get about questioning myself if this or that plant combination is the best I

January 7, 2018 Sculpture

It's so hot today so I'm hanging out in the studio in the air conditioning where making adjustments to posts that I've had in my drafts box for ever I've been lucky to establish relationships last year with two new  colleagues that enrich my life artistically. I've long been an advocate of sculpture - and even

March 4, 2017 Bones

Whilst working with some new clients last year I finally met the talented Denese Oates, a sculptor whose work I've admired since I first saw 'Cocoon'one of her sculptures in the garden at Valleyfield' - where I have been involved for many years, which as it so happens is also the subject of the first chapter

November 13, 2016 Denese Oates sculpture

I'm very much enjoying a pair of sculptures made by Denese Oates which we had here for our open garden, which are still here at `Hawthorne' I love the lightness and transparency of these sculptures - made from copper wire and finished with verdigris they look very much at home. Midway through last Sunday afternoon I realised

November 5, 2016 Ready to Rock and Roll

Everything is in place, the garden is ready, the stage is set. As I said to Linda Ross on the radio 2ue yesterday - if there are any weeds and unfinished work we will put them down to disobedience which gets me out of all sorts of problems. Gates open at 10am - entry is

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 Arnott). For Cathy and I this day also signifies the

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 much they have called me to help them out. So