The title makes a good point...Is this necessarily the 'Australian garden', drawing inspiration in colour and texture from the entirety of the continent, hence, the 'geographic and cultural' reference that we are constantly told a great garden must possess.
They have cultural/geo etc refs whether we want them or not..gardens are the slowest of all the performing arts. The use of just one plant that is in the memory bank of one viewer is 'relate' enough to trigger a multitude of 'stuff'..from that level my garden is in many ways (just one aspect) a celebration of gardens and gardeners and plants used throughout the history of the south eastern seaboard (or thereabouts )I have been a private student of that history using mainly my eyes as reference. the very shorthand.
I have no wish to create 'the Australian Garden' but if anything a Southern Hemisphere or a 'New World' or a (the title) Most plants used here are of the above BUT the origin of plants is ultimately of no import as they are merely pixels in da whole.many so -called Australian Native gardens are way off the mark in terms of 'Australianess'..they may have ALL AU plants but without cultural signposts (as it were)Good Q Mrs/Mr Saint
other than many parts of old Gondwana we in AU from a cultural and social AND plant perspective have more in common with North America than culturally drained Europe..biff/wallop
we are constantly told a great garden must possess.July 6, 2011 4:20 PMErr.. a great (or even less) garden can 'possess' anything that works well together whatever the choice of materials..sense of place is open to individuals sensibilities and learning interpretation ..no boundaries or limits..same with any of the arts.
the above photo composition I arrived at by way of devolution ..a couple of tree trunks annoyed me so I felled them..a little later I felled one of 2 Wigandia's on the place..the lens and the axe are a great gardening combination.
ALL gardens in Australia are 'australian'
That is extraordinarily beautiful...That's all.
So, in shorthand, you reject the claim that gardens should have cultural/geographic references? Thinking about 'any of the arts'; don't the visual arts, almost by their nature, require cultural references to relate to the viewer?
thanks Rob..I spent almost 2 months photographing this scene (on and off)and it almost took over me!Every light offers a new challenge and more and more the camera has become my most used gardening tool.I am in talks with a great writer and hopefully will get a book together on the place..not a 'gardening' book though!
This is a beautiful composition.
Thanks M, I have gardened here for over 20 years and sort of just discovered this!
I love the quote from the poet Les Murray, where he says, "You never get to the end of a piece of land that you know well; it's like any love affair".
he may be right..he generally is!
Hendrix's Little Wing. Slight return.I think Gondwana would be somewhere to describing your style. You know what it is when the word fits. How to arrive is the conundrum. And, what a great word!
I am thinking along the same lines..and it is a wonderful word.. apparently named after a region of India! thanks Rob
I have an idea who this 'Gumsaint' might be.. Wikipedia indeed!
I was surprised to find it had not been done before - I felt duty bound to address the omission.
Perhaps you can change the title..I don't belong in the garden design world or the Land arch crowd..and much prefer the highly descriptive and theatrical 'Spatial Dramatist'
Sometimes I live in the country and sometimes i live in the town!
Is it really only 7 years ago!