By Robin Powell
“Michael Bates is a proselytiser for gardens. He deeply believes that gardens can heal the world, and he goes about it one garden at a time. He is one of the country’s leading landscapers, having made more than 1000 gardens for garden designers and landscape architects across the country. He also designs gardens, spends his holidays looking at gardens, and on his days off gardens at his North Sydney home, or at his Mount WIlson “experiment”.
So Bates is a man well-placed to comment on the state of contemporary garden design in Australia. He makes a typically enthusiastic, and convincing, argument that we’re living through a golden period of garden design in his recent book The New Australian Garden.”
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