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According to Antony Konig, a
garden is all about plants.
In a time where concrete,
exposed aggregate and metres of
stylised paving is all the rage in landscape
design, Antony says there is no going past
connecting with nature in your garden.
"You can have no plants in your garden
and it's still a garden," says Antony. "But
to me, a garden is somewhere that creates
warm, fuzzy feelings about being with
nature that you don't get with concrete.
"Children don't want to explore exposed
aggregate concrete but they do want to climb
trees, plant seeds and watch plants and so on
-- that connection with nature
Funnily enough, Antony's first industry
qualifications were in bricklaying. As
an ambitious British youth, the start-up
landscaping jobs weren't paying enough.
"I got a summer job as a 17-year-old
with a friend of mine who was doing lawn
mowing and gardening," says Antony.
Realising the money wasn't flowing
in as he'd hoped, Antony went into the
building side and got his trade certificate
in bricklaying. Ploughing away in a hard
landscaping job with his qualifications,
Antony hung in there until he was 25 and
realised he wanted to add another prong to
his gardening fork.
"I wasn't doing any planting design and
I was running out of steam with the hard
landscaping," says Antony. "I did some
floristry one evening a week in London with
a very good floral designer while studying
floristry -- learning about lines, texture,
colour and form."
At the same time, Antony was playing
front-row rugby -- yet the contrast amused,
rather than embarrassed, him.
"Despite playing front-row rugby, I had
no qualms buying flowers on my way home
from college," says Antony.
His favourite spot to buy them was owned
by one of the most famous Great Train
Robbers, Ronald "Buster" Edwards. Edwards
became a flower seller outside Waterloo
Station upon his release from prison in 1975
and sold brightly coloured blooms until his
death in 1994.
"His flowers gave me a good idea of
putting colours together, what works and
doesn't work," says Antony.
However it was rugby that first brought
Antony to Perth.
"I played a season here during the
amateur era, playing in all four grades and I
liked Perth very much," says Antony. "I met
Despite spending his early years amidst a rugby scrum and bricklaying, landscape
designer Antony Konig's life is now all about smelling the roses.
TEXT: Lisa O'Neill IMAGES: Tony McDonough
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