By Jonathan Chancellor.
Australian landscape design is undergoing a renaissance, reintegrating gardens and architecture to create spaces that support and celebrate our myriad modern lifestyles.
Landscaper Michael Bates says we are in the era of the new Australian garden, which has transformed the lawned backyard with humble barbecue area into so much more. In this country, he says, we are in a golden period of garden-making.
“We now have alfresco dining spots, outside lounging, out-of-doors showers and kitchens, teenage hangouts, daybeds, treehouses, kids’ play zones, adventure areas, fire courts and flow spaces that lift the roof off everyday activities,” he notes.