Friends of Burnley Gardens invite you to another great event: Warwick Forge will give an illustrated talk on Gardens of India and Kashmir next Tuesday 7 August at Burnley Campus 7 for 7.30 start. Go to www.fobg.org.au for details. All welcome!
Aloe 'Ivory Dawn' and Aloe 'Eager Beaver' all set to unfurl in the Swan Street garden at Burnley. #aloeivorydawn #aloeeagerbeaver #burnley #horticultural #campus #sandramcmahon #landscapedesigner #melbourne
The Friends of Burnley Gardens invite you to a special screening of this very beautiful film, preceded by Afternoon Tea, and followed by a panel discussion led by Prof. John Rayner with landscape designers Andrew Laidlaw, Michael McCoy and Sandra McMahon. Saturday 21 July at 3.30. Go to www.fobg.org.au for booking details. Places limited. See you there! #fiveseasons #thegardensofpietoudolf #pietoudolf #gardenfilms #friendsofburnleygardens
Getting down to business on my Hawthorn job. Supervising the layout on site. It's essential that these curves be precise. #landscapedesign #melbourne #landscapedesigners #victoriangardendesign #sandramcmahon #gardenscapedesign
This wonderful candelabra aloe is 'Tangerine Tree'. It's just about to open and will be stunning - check it out on Swan Street Richmond in a week or so! The smaller Aloes are all just unfurling - here you see Aloe 'Topaz' combined with Aloe 'Andrea's Orange'. The orange was designed more to compliment the blue theme of the University of Melbourne logo - but it's fast becoming a mid-Winter 'orange fest' in its own right. #orange #aloes #aloetopaz #aloeandreasorange #aloetangerinetree #westringiatopiary #burnleycampus #universityofmelbourne #sandramcmahon #landscapedesignmelbourne
Land Art in the city: nice to be back maintaining my special project at Burnley. All plants used here originate in the Southern Hemisphere: Westringias, Rhaghodia, Grevilleas, Alyogyne to name a few Australian native plants, along with Aloes and other succulents from southern Africa. #landart #australiannativeplants #westringia #aloes #aloealoe #sandramcmahonlandscapedesign
Home again after an odyssey. So much to digest, abstract and extract from. The divine haphazardness of those dreamy meadows, those ancient gardens melting into natural landscapes, Hermannshof explained by the brilliant Cassian Schmidt, the time warp that is Rousham, places closer to the bone such as the poignant Villa Liebermann and catching up with many friends and beloved old places... How to translate lessons from another world to our vast and very different borrowed landscapes, our harsher light and black shadows, our non-European skies, and of course our chronic water shortages. This is always the challenge for Australian designers, and coming home to Winter makes it all the more appealing. Nothing like the chill of winter for stimulating the grey matter! Thank you to those who have followed.