This Australia Day will see two inspiring and contrasting contemporary gardens open for a special twilight event, as part of Open Gardens Australia.
Owner and landscape designer Rick Eckersley has created a quintessentially Australian contemporary garden full of character and style. The natural flowing landscape incorporates wetlands and woodlands using native and exotic grasses, strappy-leafed plants and shrubs selected for position, site conditions and aesthetic appeal.
In an elegant garden designed by Paul Bangay, Mediterranean-style plantings complement the French-influenced house. Wide grassed steps lead to an impressive terrace overlooking the countryside and Westernport Bay. The garden also features box hedges, which retain roses, salvias, irises and nepeta, while olives and rosemary blend with mature eucalypts.
Saturday 26 January 2013. The gardens will be open from 4pm-8pm.
A joint ticket giving entry both gardens is $25.00, no charge for children under 18.
Bookings not required.
Musk Cottage: 371 Musk Creek Rd, Flinders. Enter from Mitford Rd.
Bangols: 525 Tucks Rd, Shoreham (near Flinders).
The Eco Outdoor team in Perth attended the Landscape Industries Association awards night this August, and were pleasantly surprised to be nominated as a finalist for “Supplier of the Year” at the Landscape Industries Association of Western Australia (LIAWA) Awards. To be nominated LIAWA members submit their votes, so we are very happy that our landscape clients voted for Eco Outdoor especially as we have only been open for business in Western Australia for just over 12 months. The MC for the night Jack Hanbury noted for “great customer service, fantastic showroom, good product knowledge, friendly proactive trade service.. And great coffee!”
As some of you may already know Eco Outdoor Nunawading hosted an LIAV workshop night last week and it was a huge success! We had an opening introduction by Bruce Winstanley from the LIAV followed by mini workshop groups presented by Aqua Vision, Mapei, Smith & Gordon Nurseries and Light on Landscapes. With a turnout of over 80 landscapers it was a great, informative night and we’d like to say a big thank you to all who came. If you missed the night, or would just like a little more info download the attached document here (LIAV workshop information), it includes a few photographs of the event as well as a quick re-cap of the key points from each workshop.
Check out the video below > This little ditty was put together by our photographer Richard Birch to give you a sense of what happens behind the scenes at a photoshoot. The setting is part of a major lifestyle shoot we did last year for our 2012 summer outdoor furniture range.
We shot at garden designer Michael Cooke‘s own property on the central coast. For those of you who are not familiar with Michael Cooke’s work, he has not only a profound love of garden design but of both art and architecture and the role they play in shaping the outdoor space. His own central coast garden is open every year as part of the open garden scheme and is well worth a visit if you’re looking for a little inspiration, it’s full of delightful little ‘moments’ – from the old school watering cans which hang in the kitchen garden, to the gorgeous old barn doors which back on to a tree that almost feels like the faraway tree it’s so magical. Michael creates gardens that not only look great – they feel good to be in and I think Richard’s captured that in our lifestyle shots.
All in all we shot 4 lifestyle scenes, each beautifully styled by Louise Owens [3 of the shots can be seen above]. The shots looked absolutely fantastic and were a great success. Here Richard gives you a sneak peak of how it all comes together on the day. Enjoy.
About a year ago we packed up the family and moved into a new place. We said goodbye to our small but perfectly formed garden and said hello instead to a larger project altogether. I’d like to use the term makeover to describe the project but I’m not sure it’s strong enough! We inherited a kidney shaped pool with terracotta coping that showcased, much to my kids delight, a faux rock water feature in one corner. Thankfully a beautiful, fruitful mango tree overhangs it!
Long term I can make the garden work with the existing pool, we’ll look at getting some new coping and the enhancement of a new garden. But my very first step was to convert the salt water pool to a magnesium pool. Magnesium can be added to any existing salt or chlorine pool and the end result is great. Magnesium salts are gentle and therapeutic for the skin, no more itchy, stinging eyes or smelly chlorine skin. There is zero chlorine odor and in a properly balanced pool the water even tastes like mineral water. The best part though, is that with an environmentally friendly pool solution you can use the backwash water to irrigate your plants and garden. Even our dog prefers to drink from our pool now!
Magna Pool is the registered product for sale throughout Australia and as I mentioned before any existing pool can be converted. I’m really happy to see there is something environmentally friendly and innovative out in the market.
Our good friend Paul Bangay is opening his Stonefields country property on from November 19-20 to support the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.
Paul has created a magical seven acre garden in Denver, Victoria. It is home to beautiful perennial gardens, walled gardens, woodland gardens, rose gardens, veggie gardens and so much more. Spring is a beautiful time to visit gardens and an opportunity to visit one of Australia’s best is a must.
Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden Foundation is a great organisation that encourages children to learn about fruit and veg and cooking. The results are amazing and life changing for the kids involved. Have a look on their website for further details.
Paul has also launched a new book: Paul Bangay’s Guide to Plants. It’s a great book for anyone that needs a little guidance or inspiration as Paul details his favourite plants for all aspects.