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HOME IDEAS EXPO OCTOBER 24-25, 2009
This Saturday & Sunday
24th - 25th October
10am to 4pm
GARDENS WITH A SUSTAINABLE
AESTHETIC & FUTURE
As landscape architects, designers and
horticulturists in the twenty first century we
face fresh new challenges, both culturally
and environmentally, in the regeneration
and arrangement of outdoor environments.
A sustainable future is of significant and
critical importance. Whilst composing
spaces that fit modern lifestyles is certainly
paramount, the true essence is creating
spaces that are authentic and are of our
time, not another.
Although the vernacular varies, the same
underpinning design principles apply.
Observe the genius of place, connect with
architecture, and respond to clients' person-
alities and their way of living.
Designing and arranging outdoor living
environments is both a technical and an ar-
tistic endeavour; one that evolves into a uni-
fied land art composition. As practitioners
we strive to develop and design contextual
landscapes and gardens that communicate
pragmatic and poetic solutions. Ultimately
our desire is to create spaces which are
timeless and that engage and inspire people
Regional qualities and culture of "place"
are important factors to understand. How
we inherently connect with this psyche, is of
specific importance whether developing de-
signs for extensive sites or smaller detailed
urban living environments.
Regardless of our profession, we have
tended to hide behind the needs of our cli-
ents in the best interest of serving them, but
now our starting point is "Place". People
purchase properties for particular reasons.
A designer's duty is to discover these rea-
sons and reveal the potential and beauty.
Assisting clients to appreciate the physi-
cal context of their property and how they
can also become stewards of the land
around them and wider landscape beyond,
is a very valuable part of a designer's role.
We sow these seeds for future generations
The principal objective is to convert
clients into this way of thinking, because as
much as this is an economic investment, it
is also an investment in oneself and future
generations. Sustainability is a lifestyle
Ultimately gardens are for people. There
is no escaping this. Adrian McGregor, one
of Australian's leading landscape architects
and fellow Novocastrian is quoted as saying
"Without people we don't have gardens.
Without gardens we don't have people".
Gardens have become something more
than an unconscious experience. They
have become a conscious expression and
occurrence. Feel free to visit the team at our
display stand unit 80.
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