Dry Spell Gardening

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Series 1 · Episode 3

Architects Vera and Paul were more than comfortable designing the renovations and additions to their 100 year old Federation style home. But when it came to the backyard, they were stumped. With the renovations almost finished they need Brendan’s help to turn their 400 sqm blank canvas into an oasis. They’ve designed their home as part restoration and part modern extension. Paul, whose business consists mostly of commercial work with a focus on restoration, took on the front of their house, while Vera, a domestic architecture specialist, designed a large open plan modern addition to the back. Their new kitchen/living space has sliding glass walls and is designed as a viewing platform for the garden. But right now it’s just the typical lawn, paling fence and galvanised shed. While not purists, Paul and Vera are very environmentally aware and want a veggie and herb garden. These two are very hands-on and are not scared to get their hands dirty. While the environment is their main concern (reduced waste, reduced embodied energy if veggies are sourced close to home), after spending a fortune on renovating their new home, budget is also a concern. As Paul says, "We really need a veggie and herb garden because otherwise we can't afford to eat!" In the resulting design, about a third of this massive backyard is dedicated to veggies and herbs. Brendan also installs a rainwater tank to ensure they get enough water. Vera and Paul have only been married for one year and hope that this will be the garden they, their extended and future family, spend the rest of their lives enjoying.

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Posted by JokerReport
Loved the garden make over for Vera & Paul but is there a list of the plants used on this garden anywhere on this site ?? I loved the trees used in this garden but missed the name of the trees.
Posted by AnnalisaReport
It would be useful if Brendan could also indicate if the plants he uses would be suitable in other areas ie Melbourne. I gather all the gardens are in/near Sydney and I would like to tranfer some of the plant ideas but I'm unsure what will work in the cooler Melbourne climate.
Posted by GardenEnvyReport
I love this guy and think he's a real visionary - how can I enlist him for my very sad garden?
Posted by LiReport
Hi Brendan,
I look forward to your show every week.You do some fantastic backyards.I just loved what you did for Paul & Vera,i was so glad when you changed the colour of the wall,& the last moment,that pink paint wasnt doing it for me eaither.
Could you please tell me which variety of olive tree you planted for Paul & Vera.As my husband & i wish to plant them down our driveway @ Hervey Bay.
Cant wait for next weeks show