Visting Stonefields

Food, garden and travel writer, photographer and (lucky us) garden tour leader, Robin Powell had the rare pleasure of visiting Stonefields in Victoria, a garden designed by Paul Bangay, which is featured in his new book, Paul Bangay’s Country Gardens.…

How we adore the Jacaranda

Words by Linda Ross In early November, Australia’s oldest floral festival culminates during a street procession down Main Street. Grafton’s Jacaranda festival has been uplifting community spirits since 1934. You’ll see 60 floats, and a crowned Jacaranda Queen and Princess,…

Garden Fair at Glenmore House

Words and images by Robin Powell. First published www.robinpowell.com.au October 8 2016 Mickey Robertson opens Glenmore House garden for her Spring Garden Fair next weekend, October 15 and 16. I’m a big fan of the garden, which is elegant and…

Lost in a tamed wilderness

Words & images by Colin Barlow Nestled on the border of England and Wales in Stapleton, Herefordshire lies a hidden gem, an Arts and Crafts garden where romance and formality meet the ‘wild garden’.  I should have known that something…

Happy Birthday Capability

Robin Powell would like to wish a happy birthday to the grand architect of so many of our favourite English landscapes. This month marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. He’s the man responsible for the…

Under the cherry blossom

The Japanese have a different way of seeing. When French artists like Monet, Degas and Cezanne first saw Japanese woodblock prints they too were jolted into a new way of seeing. Used to traditional landscape and single point perspectives the…

Old WesleyDale

When people talk about Scott and Deb Wilson’s lovely garden what they mention first is the elephant hedge. The elephant in the room might be an unmentionable, but the elephant in the garden is a talking point. It came about…