Wild at Heart


As a boy in Milan, Pasti dreamed of someday becoming a florist or a writer; he grew up to be a gardener and an author, not only of several gardening books, but also of a translation of Proust’s letters to his mother, and an outstandingly original novel, The Age of Flowers, a maximalist fantasia about a young man’s botanical obsession.

The novel is an homage to Pasti’s private garden, itself a maximalist fantasia: 5,300 species of plants, flowers, and trees — plus whatever snakes, rats, birds, lizards, and frogs choose to

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The perfect balance.

This multifaceted outdoor area provides interest at every turn, while still maintaining a relaxed and timeless feel.

The brief from the owners of this beautiful Mosman home had a number of facets. Primarily, the clients wanted to make the most of their courtyard space by creating outdoor living areas and extending the house into the garden. All the main living spaces either opened directly into the garden or had views and vistas to be considered. The owners also used the rear gate as their main access to and from the house, so they wanted an easy way through the garden

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When Mariana Esterhuizen and her husband left the city, the dorp they moved to was a choice of the heart.

In 1983 my husband, Peter, and I decided 10 exchange our lifestyle from a city-bound existence for life in a country village. We spent many pleasant weekends visiting villages in search of the perfect place. We looked at the architecture and infrastructure of several dorpies, we compared the affordability of property in a number of them, we paid attention to how we could earn a living in a particular area, but it all became too confusing. In the end we



Transform your outdoor room with stylish decorative metal screening and garden features.

Nowadays we regard our gardens as outdoor rooms and take the same care when decorating them as we would any interior living space. We also prize our privacy, which is why screening is playing an increasingly important role in garden design. Tombo Design specialises in architectural and decorative metal privacy screens for residential and commercial use. The company also produces an array of metal wall art, garden features, fire pits and illuminated pieces so you can create a fully coordinated look to enhance any outdoor space.

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A rooftop vegetable and herb garden to delight the senses

Newforms Landscape Architecture was commissioned to create this light and bright roof garden for an already-existing residence. The owners built the property in 2006/07 and were tired of looking at the top of a roof that sat adjacent to their outdoor entertaining area. They called on Newforms and Phase3 Landscape Construction to see if a functional and aesthetically pleasing roof garden was possible, and, as you can see, it certainly was.

There were a few design and construction challenges that had to be overcome to achieve the owners’ brief. Access



This beautiful modern design has a number of unique standout features.

The overall intention for this project was to allow the garden spaces around the dwelling to be optimised. When OFTB Landscape Architects first arrived at the site, its first comment was that, considering the slope and lack of existing retaining structures, the outside spaces were unusable.

It was extremely important to provide a concept to each space that would result in the area being used for a particular purpose. It was equally important that the homeowners could traverse the design easily to move between the spaces. However, the severe


Shady gardens

What to plant in a shady garden is only a dilemma if it isn’t thought through properly.

Many options exist when it comes to manipulating the amount of shade in your garden. But, how shady is the area to start with? Obviously, a shady garden is one with limited light. Solid shade, where light is quite dim, is often caused by tall buildings and walls, and is common in urban areas with high-density housing. Tall screening shrubs and hedging, or all-weather pergolas, also create low light conditions. Such garden areas are often in shadow for most of the day.


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How to incorporate screening into your outdoor space.

There are many reasons to use screens in the garden: for privacy, to hide unsightly views, as a windbreak or to create an outdoor room. So let’s outline some clever uses for garden screening as well as some practical materials you can utilise. Screening doesn’t have to be a boring old paling fence or a straight-clipped hedge. There are some very interesting materials that can be used to create a screen, such as metal, bamboo, or a variety of plants.

Traditionally, screens have been used for practical purposes, such as to hide

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A total re-design transformed Kate Barnes’ kitchen into a light, fresh and sun-filled space

– with the best views of her gorgeous garden

A beautiful garden is many a city homeowner’s dream, so Kate Barnes felt especially lucky to have a secluded oasis, filled with lush plants, a pond and mature trees at the rear of her west London Victorian terraced home. The only problem was — she couldn’t see it. ‘The ground floor of the house was very dark with a number of small, wall-divided rooms, complete with a kitchen and old-fashioned ‘lean-to’ at the back,’ explains

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Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour by Kirsten Silver

In early June, the Second Street Neighborhood Association hosted the 20th Annual Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour, giving visitors a glimpse into one of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods.

Old Louisville is characterized by a variety of stunning Victorian-era homes, many of which are complete with carriage houses and private garden retreats.

Designed as a walking tour and photographed here in 2012, attendees get to experience first hand the grandeur and scale of the residences in Old Louisville, which is a historic downtown neighborhood unlike any other.

The tour always begins at the famed Conrad-Caldwell House Museum at the

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