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Friday
Feb242017

Gardens by Nelson Byrd Woltz

The temperature has risen here about 30°C and I am dreaming of all the things I would love to do in my yard once the piles of snow melt away. My husband has made an absolute mess of the front yard by parking his work pick-up plow truck right on the front lawn so I am preparing myself to die of embarrassment when the snow is gone and we are left with a mud pile (not helping at all that we live on a very busy road). As soon as I get this post completed I am stashing a bunch of these photos away for reference. These gardens, walkways, backyards and rooftop patios by landscape architecture firm Nelson Byrd Woltz (located in Charlottesville Virginia and New York City) are soooooo beautiful. The outdoor space above is magical - I love grasses and very "feathery" plants that look like cotton candy.  

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Monday
Feb202017

Louvers

The garden is a stylish inner city oasis of grasses, climbers and exposed brick. And then you notice that the back gate/wall is made of adjustable louvers. Clever! Parkville garden by Eckersley Garden Architecture.

Photography by Jeremy Blode

Thursday
Feb092017

Backyard oasis

Some garden inspiration today. Contemporary landscape design by Melbourne-based Eugene Gilligan. I've chosen a few of my favourite outdoor spaces. With the temperature tipped to reach 41 degrees Celcius (106 Fahrenheit) I'm dreaming of luscious green shade and bubbling fountains ... and definitely a dip in a pool.

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Monday
Dec192016

The billabong

Billabong (BIL-ə-bong) - an isolated pond left behind after a river changes course.

A swimming pond at the end of the garden? Yes please. Even better if it doesn't have a slimy bottom ;) This beautifully crafted pool and surrounding garden are by Sydney-based Landart Landscapes. Love the cantilevered boardwalk perfect for that running jump into the cool waiting water.

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Monday
Nov212016

Point of view

"I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape- the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn't show." - Andrew Wyeth

What do 20th century American realist artist Andrew Wyeth and Nashville landscape architect Anne Daigh have in common? Why did Daigh use his quote as the description for this garden? They are storytellers and lovers of the bleak, the melancholic, the beautiful. Daigh's design for this suburban backyard is painterly in its approach, sculptural in its execution. To me, an Australian, it has about it a certain "Americanism", the dream of the field, the barn, the farm.

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