Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHA 29 Winter 2011 Contents Eden’s centrepiece was a deck raised nearly one metre
off the ground. “It was a place for people to get a different
perspective on the garden.”
Originally designed to be raised only 40cm, plans for
the deck were quickly altered when the grass trees arrived.
“They were big units. One of them weighed around two
tonnes and was about eight feet (2.4m) tall. When we put the
grass tree in we realised we had to lift the whole deck up to
make it work,” Matthew recalls.
Despite the time-consuming and back-breaking work
involved in creating a show garden, Matthew believes it
was well worth the effort.
“It showcased everything we can do on a very, very
condensed scale. It’s amazing how many people came back
and asked if they could buy the show garden as a package.”
Matthew also likes to think that Eden reflected his
philosophy of gardens as meeting places. “Garden design should
echo the house and the personalities of the people who live
there,” he concludes. “It shouldn’t always be something to look
at, it should be something to live in and share with people.”
Winner of Garden Week’s Most Innovative Display award was
the Landscape Industry Association of WA, with help from some
of the State’s most creative garden designers. LIAWA’s 150sqm
space was divided into five sites, each presenting the best in
West Australian landscaping.
Visitors to Garden Week were greeted by a 5m-high
vertical portico entry wall designed by Paul Roche of Sheoak’s
Landscapes. The Vertical Westralian Gateway was
a freestanding landscape utilising 1600 native WA plants in a
These pictures show Eden, the winning entry by MJD
Landscapes and Design and (inset) Matthew Daly from MJD.
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