Piet Oudolf is a phenomenon. Not since William Robinson has a single figure given the gardening status quo such a shake-up, and drilled their way into the imagination of gardeners, recalibrating their dreaming.
I knew when setting out to do the perennial planting for a client that what I wanted to achieve was a big undulating plateau of colour and texture between about 800 and 1200mm, punctured by taller and strongly upright ‘aberrants’ or incidents. There’s nothing original in that idea. Continue reading →
It’s astonishing how few opportunities there are available for the home gardener that is keen to learn more.
So it’s time to run some courses. I’ve been talking about it since I started this blog five years ago!
So here’s our start – two single-day courses in Woodend, Victoria under the title ‘Mastering the Art of Gardening’. One will focus on the layout of the home garden, and the other on the planting. You won’t think about garden design or planting design in the same way ever again!
Check out the links below, and come and join us. Places are very limited indeed.
I have a sister (colourful, excitable, b. 1959) who used to describe some flavours as tasting exactly like the smell of something else. My Dad (v non-excitable, b. 1928) told her she was speaking a whole lot of tommyrot. Continue reading →
As awkward as I find using this page for explicit self promotion (and I specify ‘explicit’, as what can a blog be but self-promotion of some kind or other?…), I’m committed to the success of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, at which I’m speaking in a few weeks (Sunday June 11), being interviewed by journalist Jen Vuk.
This isn’t a garden talk, as such. Under the ‘Words and Ideas’ section of festival events, Jen will be talking to me about my life in gardening and design, looking at all the riches I’ve discovered there, and those yet to be explored.
Click this link for more details. There’s other fabulous things happening on that day, so come to Woodend and make a day of it, or even a full weekend of it!
And while I’m making the leap over this self-promotional hurdle, the Dream Gardens was released on DVD yesterday! Available from ABC online and in ABC Centres Australia-wide. It’s also available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play