Innovative Gardening

For Brendan, the way forward in gardens isn’t about cutting edge materials or revolutionary techniques, instead it’s about finding whole new ways of looking at outside space. It’s about finding ways of designing garden space that totally dispenses with style and rather focuses on the way the people respond to their surroundings.

And the absolute guru of this type of anti-design is Australian landscape architect Jane Irwin.

“When I’m designing a garden the style’s got to do with the architecture, and the way the people live. You can design to a style, but that style will become unfashionable, but it actually has some meaning and endures if it ahs some connection to the place and some connection to you.” Jane Irwin

Jane’s gardens are more of a conversation than a design, a conversation between site, building and its human occupants, their past and their future together.

This garden was designed as a house within a garden instead of a house with a garden attached. Jane likes to recycle and experiment with unexpected materials.

“I think it’s really important to use the resources that you have and use them really really well, rather than relying on expensive or rare materials to capture the character of a place.”


Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture
Level 5, 68-72 Wentworth Ave
Surry Hills 2010
T: 02 9212 6957

Innovative Materials

When Brendan thinks about the way forward, his approach to materials is to rethink, reuse and recycle. Recycling is about taking an existing material and breaking it down into another usable form. But there is also the option of reusing an existing object or material in its current state. And that is what really excites Brendan in garden design.

Reusing objects saves energy, adds meaning, and helps to give outdoor spaces a sense of place. And just about anything can be reused in your modern garden, industrial materials, everyday objects and old school garden materials. Even a scour around the neighbourhood on council pick-up days can help push your design to a new level. Look out for timber posts, steel grates, old saucepans and pots…the list just goes on and on.

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