Monday, March 4, 2024

Landscape

Rees and her partner Col have created the beautiful Murnong Wild Food Garden on a small suburban block in Wynyard, northern Tasmania, containing over 120 native edible plants
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Bush food tips from a Feisty Tasmanian

By Gabrielle Stannus

Rees Campbell is well-known in lutruwita/Tasmania for Eat Wild Tasmanian, her seminal work on native edible plants first published in 2018 and revised and expanded as Eat More Wild Tasmanian this year. Rees describes herself as a Tasmanian by birth and attitude, and she is passionate about promoting the value of the marvellous bounty found within this state’s bush.Continue reading

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Washingtonia filifera (California Fan Palm) transported to site on a flatbed truck, before a Franna (taxi) crane was used to get them in and under the overhead wires in the street
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Advanced trees: Some tips for budding landscape designers

By Gabrielle Stannus

Well-known designer, Matt Leacy, is a regular media commentator and column writer. Recent TV presenting roles have seen him as Channel 10’s Landscaper to ‘The Living Room’, and Channel Nine’s ‘Domestic Blitz’ and ‘Garden Gurus’. He regularly features on ABC TV’s Dream Gardens, as well as on Channel 10’s Studio 10 and Channel Nine’s The Today Show.Continue reading

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The lilly pilly beetle (Paropsides calypso) eats the leaves of species and cultivars of the Syzygium genus, causing foliar damage (Image: Courtesy of Denis Crawford)
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Are you designing a landscape or a pest highway?

By Gabrielle Stannus

Most of us understand integrated pest management (IPM) as an environmentally sensitive way of managing pests and diseases in plants, be they in productive, environmental, or ornamental landscapes. IPM includes cultural, chemical, biological, genetic, and physical methods to control garden and landscape pests.Continue reading

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The Constellation Canopee installed in Metz, France (Image: Urban Canopee Aus-tralia)
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The tree you have when you’re not having a tree!

By Gabrielle Stannus

Halfway between a shade sail and a tree, the Canopee is an innovative form of green infrastructure designed to increase canopy cover and mitigate the impact of climate change in our urban concrete jungles. Of French origin, the use of these structures is now ‘growing’ across Australia.Continue reading

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‘Re-Frame’ by Emma Powell (Image: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show)
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Top of the class at this year’s Flower & Garden Show

By Gabrielle Stannus

Could you create a balcony or small courtyard garden five metres in width by four metres depth within a budget of $8,000? That is the challenge given to landscape design students entering the Achievable Gardens competition each year at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, Carlton Gardens.Continue reading

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akas landscape architecture provided a provocative, yet very timely, reminder of our climate emergency (Image: Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show)
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Design lessons from the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show

By Gabrielle Stannus

After a three-year absence from our event calendar, the 2022 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) once again bloomed into action, with more than 103,000 people in attendance at Carlton Gardens and the Royal Exhibition Building. With so much on display, it was hard not to experience sensory overload.Continue reading

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Inside the trommel is the barrel, 5.5m long by 2.5m diameter. This cylinder sieves the material whilst blending
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Soil recycling: How rethinking your (over)burden can pay off

By Gabrielle Stannus

As Victoria moves to a circular economy and its landfill levies increase, one business in that state has learnt that doing more with existing soils on site, makes better sense environmentally and financially. Their recycling story will make you rethink how you reuse existing soils on site in your landscaping projects.Continue reading

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The Gordon River in all its natural splendour (Image: Gabrielle Stannus, Inwardout Studio)
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Tripping on nature

By Gabrielle Stannus

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than one seeks” John Muir, 19 July 18771. Taking a break from work to immerse yourself in nature can leave you feeling reinvigorated, and provide you with fresh design inspiration, as my partner and I found when we took a ‘little’ road trip along Tasmania’s west coast during summer.Continue reading

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Indoor displays out of the winter weather were popular at the Landscape Show
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Great timing for Landscaping Show

Report by John Fitzsimmons –

Given the challenges of the last two years, organisations like Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers (LVML) must have been sweating on ultimately delivering The Landscape Show 2021 at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne recently. As it happened though, all organisers, sponsors, exhibitors and attendees fortuitously found a window ahead of the (yet another) COVID-19 lockdown and some extreme winter weather events.Continue reading

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Closer focus on the macro view Part II

By John Fitzsimmons –

Last issue painted the big landscape picture from the 2021 Australian Landscape Conference, leaving several rich understoreys of ideas to be conveyed in this report.

Several topics could be grouped under the subject of ‘plant selection’ and issues like using the words ‘management’ or ‘care’ in design submissions, instead of ‘maintenance’ with its connotations of a cost to be minimised rather than an investment in the ultimate health, value, benefit, utility, longevity and success of the gardens designed and implemented.… Continue reading

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New beginnings for the former Pentridge Prison with new public Piazza

The former Pentridge Prison in the northern Melbourne suburb of Coburg has undertaken a transformation, turning a decommissioned landmark of controversial history into a new residential and retail precinct.

“ASPECT Studios is dedicated to transforming brownfield sites in our inner cities into thriving new communities, that also protect and value their past lives and the deep histories of places and people,” said Kirsten Bauer, Landscape Architect and Director of ASPECT Studios.… Continue reading

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Planters with different heights adds interest; taller plants adding shelter
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Early Learning Centre shines

Committed to promoting women in medical research and science, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research discovered one of the key barriers to the ongoing career advancement of women in this professional field, was access to adequate childcare. To assist in the removal of this hurdle, the Professor Lynn Corcoran Early Learning Centre in Parkville, Victoria was opened in June 2018.… Continue reading

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There was ample opportunity for networking
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Adaptability of landscapes – A conference with a macro view Part I

By John Fitzsimmons –

Since 1989 The Australian Landscape Conference has sought to inspire, provoke thought and discussion, and take the art and practise of landscaping to amazing places, wherever or whatever they may be. Through a pandemic and a change of ownership, the biennial-ish event recently re-emerged in Melbourne, generating a positive response in-person and online from upwards of 700 participants around the world, and presentations from Japan, Sweden, the UK and USA and, of course, Australia.Continue reading

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