The last few weeks of any season are a quiet time in the garden. With all the seasonal tasks completed, there is not much to do except sit back and enjoy life. As you are sitting there, under that big deciduous tree (holding off on raking, because what is the point of Autumn without leaves on the ground!), there is time to reflect on the garden. A garden should be a place to connect with others and yourself, a garden should be a place to de-stress and enjoy life. If you struggle to find that connection and see the garden as more of a chore then a joy, perhaps it is time to do something about it. If you have inherited your garden from a previous owner, there is nothing wrong with putting your own stamp on it and making the garden your own. If the practical elements make sense, then perhaps all that is needed is a little tweaking. However, if you find it difficult to live in the garden, then a complete re-design may be the only answer. I often have new clients say they aren't gardeners and just want it to look good as they "never go out into the garden." After designing a garden that they connect with and love, everything changes. Humans have a need to connect with nature, so if you can't find that connection in your own garden, it isn't you - it's the garden!
I have seen many show gardens over the course of my career, and this is the first time a garden has captured the essence of good design. Good design is not about creating a fantasy, good design is about working with what already exists to make it better. For five days, 'Legacies' made Carlton Garden better.
I recently read an article about the UK banning the sale of fake designer furniture. The author of the article made the point that Australians often don't know the difference between furniture that has been designed and designer knock-offs. The result is a proliferation of furniture stores selling knock-offs at a fraction of the price of the real thing and, after the UK's stand, Australia leaves itself open to be a dumping ground of poor quality, "designer look" furniture.
Time and time again I have clients asking me why landscape designers "hate lawn."
Well, hate may be a little harsh, but let me put it another way; why to clients love lawn? From a design point of view, the lawn is just another type of paving, a way of transitioning from one area to another.