Garden, signed by the artist

Earth inspires Mudgee ceramicist Virginia Moffatt. Clay is the medium for her artistic expression, and nurturing of the soil underpins the success of her wonderful Australian native garden. Australian native plants are beautifully balanced with a limited, harmonious selection of exotics. The diversity of plant types creates a bushland-like effect in Virginia’s town garden. A…

Desert Drama at Cranbourne Botanic Gardens

The Australian Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne Victoria, turned my ideas of native gardens upside down, with its dazzling evocation of the Australian landscape and plants. Its 360 hectares include heathlands, wetlands and woodlands, providing habitat for native birds, mammals and reptiles, including rare and endangered species. I visited one winter afternoon,…

An elegant transformation

Overlooking a waterway in the historic Newcastle suburb Tighes Hill,  The Watershed is a contemporary house complemented by a garden which announces its creators’ love of the natural environment in all its forms. In just 3 years, an almost-bare block has been transformed into a haven for people, birds and animals. This garden integrates beauty, elegance, restraint and…