Saturday, July 20, 2024

Landscape

SmartPave from Strol prevents aggregate migration on lightly trafficked paths with geofabric already bonded on the underside
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Landscape Show stays on track at Sandown

By John Fitzsimmons

Despite sunshine and an absence of rain that could have kept many landscapers on-site, there were still plenty who travelled across Melbourne and from further afield to Landscaping Victoria’s 2024 Landscape Show at Sandown Park.

This event’s attendee profile appears to be well established – landscape constructors and installers making up the bulk, complemented by designers, greenlife and allied industry people, and a significant number of apprentices, trainees and students in landscaping and related fields.… Continue reading

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Two different ways to cage your client’s fruit trees that will minimise harm to wildlife
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Crop protection: Wildlife’s safety net

By Gabrielle Stannus

From private residences to public landscapes, keeping out unwanted pests is just part of the job, and fundamentally good design. However, what if that ‘pest’ also happens to be a protected native species? If you are designing or maintaining a productive garden, make sure you know how to net fruit trees safely to avoid harm to Australia’s unique fauna.Continue reading

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An aerial image of Annesley highlights the use of Buxus hedging to create a formal framework for the gardens
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Cottage charm

By Lynne Testoni

A well-thought-out maintenance plan has retained the charm and authenticity of these classically planted gardens.

There is something reassuring and calming about an English-style cottage garden. Set among eight acres of magnificent English-style gardens, Annesley Bowral Retirement Village, about 120km south of Sydney, New South Wales, could be called a Southern Highlands sanctuary.… Continue reading

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The ‘Australian Idyll’ Show Garden at this year’s Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (Image: Platylobium Landscape Design)
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How to outsource to outshine your competitors

By Gabrielle Stannus

Whether you design, construct, or maintain landscapes, you cannot wear every hat all the time. Using other professionals who are experts in their trade can save you time and money, and help your business reach its full potential.Continue reading

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The striking Diplolaena grandiflora (Native Rose) on display in “Through the Looking Glass” (Image: Ludovic Vilbert, Inwardout Studio)
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Four new Australian Idylls!

By Gabrielle Stannus

Before arriving at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show at the Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, I decided that I was going to focus my attention on the plant life on display. And boy, I was not disappointed!Continue reading

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The garden beds at the Inveresk Precinct in Launceston, Tasmania come in different shapes and sizes, making this public landscape more visually appealing
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Getting into bed with the support act

By Gabrielle Stannus

When we talk about urban landscapes, our attention is often focused on trees and large shrubs. However, much like our natural environments, our designed parks and gardens also would not get by without their ‘understorey’. Taking a stroll around the Inveresk Precinct in Launceston recently, I was reminded of the very important role that plants closer to the ground play in our public landscapes.Continue reading

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Boasting spectacular views over Whale Beach, the garden includes stepping stones bookended by mass plantings of Westringia ‘Mundi’ and Westringia ‘Zena’
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A view with some room

By Lynne Testoni

This newly refreshed and award-winning garden surrounds a significant house, creating a spectacular combination of architecture and landscape.

It can be a challenge to renovate or refresh an iconic landscape design, as expectations are high and pressure can be intense.… Continue reading

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A formally espaliered apple screens this rainwater tank. (Image: Merrywood Plants)
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Fruitful design for unusual garden spaces

By Gabrielle Stannus

These days you do not need an entire orchard to grow fruit. This is fortunate as our population is becoming increasingly urbanised and the quarter-acre block is almost a relic of times gone past. We are living on smaller blocks with little or no outdoor space, with potential growing area often restricted to less-than-ideal growing environments, e.g.Continue reading

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A photo-realistic landscape design featuring a front garden. The prompt requested that the image be “infused with the style of Claude Monet’s works, evoking the dreamy atmosphere of his Giverny garden” (AI model used = Absolute Reality v16)
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Generative AI: Fake it ‘til you make it!

By Gabrielle Stannus

Are you the only one in your circle who is not yet using AI? Are you wondering how it may be incorporated into your horticultural or landscape design business? Generative AI may be able to help you create text or images to use in your business operations (administration and marketing) or design (content and visualisations).Continue reading

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Colourful and contrasting foliage provides colour and interest in a shady garden
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Gold standard

By Lynne Testoni

Maintenance of this award-winning garden has been a labour of love for the landscapers involved.

It takes a lot of work to maintain a beautiful garden full of mature plants and lush greenery, especially when there are tricky access issues involved.… Continue reading

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Burnished concrete floating stairs (Image: Rich Earth)
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A home entrance with a sense of flair and wonder

By Matthew Sears

When people think about their gardens, more often than not the first thing that comes to mind is the backyard and their main entertaining space as this is often the focal point of the home and outdoor space.Continue reading

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The extensive grounds of Pymble Ladies College
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Educational effort

By Lynne Testoni

A busy school with extensive grounds provides an award-winning maintenance team with many challenges, but even more rewards.

School grounds are a challenge for landscapers. Balancing education and hardiness, maintenance teams need to look after spaces that face demanding conditions and busy, energetic clients.… Continue reading

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Anigozanthos ‘Masquerade’ (Image supplied by Angus Stewart)
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Cultivating an appetite for native plants

By Gabrielle Stannus

How to select native cultivars for use in a suburban garden in Sunbury, Melbourne, close to an environmentally sensitive landscape? I spoke with ‘fellow’ Tasmanian and well-known plant breeder, Angus Stewart, for his advice.

Entering a client’s front garden recently, I may have been forgiven for thinking that I had arrived in South Africa.… Continue reading

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The University of Adelaide's Waite Arboretum provides an invaluable resource to better understand which trees can survive in Adelaide's changing climate as the trees planted there are not watered after establishment (Image: The University of Adelaide)
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Future trees and climate change – how not to lose our cool

By Gabrielle Stannus

With a PhD in the impacts of climate on vegetation and trees and a Diploma of Arboriculture, University of Adelaide Adjunct Lecturer, Dr Stefan Caddy-Retalic is well placed to speak on the impact of climate change on our urban trees.Continue reading

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Pincushion Hakea (Hakea laurina), Austins Ferry, Tasmania, Australia (Image: J J Harrison, CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Ooh la la! Winter design tips from France with an Australian twist

By Gabrielle Stannus

Whilst travelling in France earlier this year, I met with landscape designer and gardener Clare Obéron in Rennes, the capital city of Brittany in the country’s northwest, ostensibly to discuss how she designs her gardens to look good during winter.Continue reading

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Work included the provision of new seating for students, with easy-care synthetic turf
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Lessons learnt

By Lynne Testoni

In their Paddington Public School project, Outdoor Retreats Landscaping have vividly revitalised an educational space.

Outdoor Retreats Landscapes believes that great results come from working collaboratively, and their award-winning work for Paddington Public School in Sydney shows how well that approach has worked for them.… Continue reading

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The Wildflower crew went ‘back to school’ for this installation in Glebe
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Wildflower: Gardening for good

By Gabrielle Stannus

If you have ever doubted that landscaping could be a vehicle for social change, think again. Working on Gadigal land, Wildflower Gardens for Good are making it possible for their Aboriginal workforce to build financial freedom and personal empowerment through connection to country and community.Continue reading

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Angophora costata, Sydney Red Gum, was added to the lawn and sloped areas of the reserve to provide additional shade and protection (Image: The Landscape Association)
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Harbourside haven

By Lynne Testoni

A careful and considered planting schedule is the key to the continued maintenance of a high-profile public parkland.

There is a lot of pressure for any company tackling a high-profile public project, but Landscape Solutions (landscapesolutions.com.au) rose to the occasion with the maintenance of this award-winning parkland for Barangaroo Point Reserve.… Continue reading

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Overhead image showing multiple entertainment spaces and the hedging (Image: All Things Visual Pty Ltd)
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The first resort

By Lynne Testoni

The owners of this award-winning resort-style garden were looking for a way to escape and relax from everyday life – thanks to Dekker Landscapes, it became a reality.

A challenging site, an ambitious design and inferior soil – this project had it all.… Continue reading

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