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Medhurst garden by Tract Consultants.

Medhurst garden by Tract Consultants. Image: Dianna Snape

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Mount Eliza Garden by Sinatra Murphy.

Mount Eliza Garden by Sinatra Murphy. Image: Dianna Snape

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Forest Edge Garden by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture.

Forest Edge Garden by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture. Image: Dianna Snape

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Zinc House garden by Tract Consultants.

Zinc House garden by Tract Consultants. Image: Dianna Snape

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Parsley Bay Garden by Pepo Botanic Design.

Parsley Bay Garden by Pepo Botanic Design. Image: Dianna Snape

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Landscape Architecture Australia 142, on sale 5 May 2014. Image:  Dianna Snape

With Catherin Bull AM as guest editor we will publish two special issues of Landscape Architecture Australia in 2014, exploring the private and public garden projects of Australian landscape architects. This first issue looks at the domestic garden through eight extraordinary residential projects, with insights from the designers. The next issue will place a similar critical frame around the work of landscape architects in the making, remaking and custodianship of public gardens across the country. The two issues seek to provoke the profession, challenging the commonly held idea that garden design is somehow a lesser pursuit. We would like to thank Catherin for taking on this considerable task and for the rigour she has brought to the project. We would also like to thank the landscape architects who have worked with us to realize the issue, the generous clients who invited us into their private domains and photographer Dianna Snape who has so beautifully captured these gardens.

Projects and articles in this issue:

  • Medhurst Tract Consultants has developed a contemporary expression of modernist garden design. (Review: Catherin Bull)
  • Roogulli A garden by Fresh Landscape Design that creatively demonstrates the principles and practice of sustainable design. (Review: Dianne Firth)
  • Mount Eliza Garden Sinatra Murphy’s expansive estate garden offers a feast of experience. (Review: Anne Latreille)
  • Forest Edge Garden A finely crafted garden by Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture. (Review: Laura Harding)
  • Zinc House A pared-back garden by Tract Consultants that elides the distinction between gallery space and domestic living. (Review: Ray Edgar)
  • Parsley Bay Garden A lush Sydney villa garden by Pepo Botanic Design. (Review: Tanya Wood)
  • Two Adelaide Villas Two gardens by Taylor Cullity Lethlean demonstrate a contemporary play on Renaissance and other historic garden styles. (Review: Aylwen Dennis)

Cameron Bruhn, editorial director, Landscape Architecture Australia

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