Issues

16. Design

Design and plants. These are two of my favourite things. It makes sense, then, that I am a landscape designer as well as editor of this here website. It follows that I think a lot about the design process and how it relates to gardens. Design, when executed well, is invaluable regardless of the application. But with gardens, as always, it’s not cut and dry.

Luis Barragán’s Universal Garden

Art & Design, GardensSally Wilson visits the garden of famed Mexican modernist architect Luis Barragán.

The Dirt: Katy Svalbe

Gardens, PeopleAn interview with landscape architect Katy Svalbe of Amber Road.

The Cool Conundrum

Art & DesignGarden designer Michael McCoy ponders the perils of designing a garden for himself.

Design is not the Answer

Art & DesignA musing on the limited (but important) role of design in the creation of a garden.

Gardens in the Sky

Culture, GardensWe need more green roofs in our cities. Here's why.

Nonna Corso’s Garden

GardensConcetta Corso, aka Nonna Corso, is a 76-year-old avid gardener, knitter and daytime television watcher. She moonlit for over a decade as a professional babysitter.

25 Cheeky Questions: Matt Cantwell

PeopleProminent Sydney landscape designer Matt Cantwell answers 25 cheeky questions about life and plants.

What Landscape Designers Do

GardensA short explanation of the residential landscape design process. By Georgina Reid, 'cause she's a landscape designer.

Recipe: Fig, Sweet Potato & Labne Salad

HarvestYour new favourite salad recipe. Right here. NOW.

Snap, Crackle, Pop & Scott

PeopleAn interview with Poppy Lane, of Pop & Scott about designing for plants.

Tokyo’s Potted Gardens: Sidewalks for the Soul

CultureTokyo's potted street-side gardens are signposts to a city that believes confusion and connection go hand in hand.

Musings of a Hedgehunter

CultureThere's more to the act of hedging than meets the eye....

In the Zen Garden

GardensSally Wilson visits renowned Mexican architect Diego Villaseñor's garden retreat in the heart of Mexico city.

Plant Profile: The Fig

BotanicaFigs are beautifully designed fruits. This story explores their history and botany, and shares some tips on growing these luscious, lascivious delights.

Studio Profile: Terremoto

Art & DesignAn interview with David Godshall, principal of Terremoto, a landscape architecture studio in California, USA.

Plant Geometry: A Design Study

Art & DesignA series of images exploring the transient nature of plants (and humans) through the momentary recording of plant geometry. Images and words by Karina Sharpe.