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Janine Mendel from CultivArt Landscape Design
shares the style secrets of this design
Your first impressions of the job? Although the
site was large, not much consideration had been given
to how the garden connected to the house, so many
areas weren’t really usable. I thought it a pity that the
pool was so poorly placed that it restricted the access
and view to much of the rest of the garden.
What was the key driver of the design? Creating
a functional, yet beautiful garden that was visible
from as many vantage points as possible. The
clients were wonderful and apart from instruction
to remove the pool, they allowed me to be creative
without putting too many restrictions in the brief.
Favourite feature of the finished garden? The
detailed timber pergola that now provides a new
home for the ornamental grape vine and a frame
for the beautiful leadlight windows.
Number one tip for small gardens? Don’t waste
precious space trying to create another room – what
you really want is a garden to sit in, look at and enjoy,
and there is always room for a tree. Consider the size
and style of your furniture – small gardens can look
smaller and cluttered with over-large chunky furniture.
And don’t waste money on trendy adornments that
will date your garden. The style of the day will be ‘in’
until it is ‘out’, and is no substitute for a great design.
THE GARDEN TEAM CultivArt Landscape Design 0414 865
747, cultivart.com.au Colour consulta nt Heidi La C ava 0409 472
812 Lighting The Garden Light Company 0408 632 353 Paving
Meteor Stone (08) 9309 4577, meteorstone.com.au Plants
Essentially Green 0439 961 362 Project management Aesthetic
Projects 0412 425 607 Timberwork Scott Watson 0400 894 998
Urn Hunter Adams (08) 9384 7991.
CLOCKWISEfrom top Gently curving recycled brick steps invite the visitor to the front door; the steps wind past an aged limestone
wall with soft groundcovers emerging from the crevices; the gnarled paperbark tree, which was already present, separates the driveway
from the entry path. The old wrought-iron gates were kept to create a soft, aged landscape that fits with the era of the home.
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