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Rivendell Flower Show garden 2018

Rivendell Flower Show garden 2018

By on Oct 29, 2018 in Portfolio | 0 comments

The return of the Rivendell Flower Show saw us present another display garden using the Southern Cross as a guiding form. The garden named ‘The Compass’, celebrated the recent naming of the smallest of the five stars Ginan- an aboriginal name representing ‘a red dilly bag with special songs of knowledge’. This took the form of a totem while big sandstone blocks were the 4 stars. The plant choices made here are those adapted to dry Australian conditions, evocative of the hardy spirit of travellers and seekers.  ...

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Garden in North Rocks

Garden in North Rocks

By on Aug 20, 2018 in Portfolio | 0 comments

The clients contacted Earth Matters Consulting wanting a more usable backyard as it had a slope of 1: 6.5. Steep indeed to effectively use the garden, especially with a need to locate kids’ play equipment. The design again used a ‘stepping lightly’ approach and we kept the break in the levels to low 500-600 mm differences. We made a deck around a Syncarpia glumulifera tree and used this as a hub to link the upper play area with the lower BBQ terrace....

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Garden in Thornleigh

Garden in Thornleigh

By on May 12, 2018 in Portfolio | 0 comments

This is a garden on a steeply sloping site with the house set in almost a whole floor below street level. The house had no defined access to the front and the front slope was shored with some old fashioned timber retaining edges. We created a curved access to the front door and resolved the slope with rectilinear tiered beds that are planted with lush and sharp plantings. The front garden with a letterbox to establish the entry point has enlivened the front and when viewed from the upper level is a very fresh outlook.        ...

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Rivendell Flower Show garden 2017

Rivendell Flower Show garden 2017

By on Sep 26, 2017 in Portfolio | 0 comments

  We designed a display garden at the recently concluded inaugural Rivendell Flower Show. We called it Destination RechargeĀ and it was designed to be a healing garden based on the ancient pentacle. The five elements were represented by various plant types- their colour, foliage, form....

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