Read more about the article Dream Gardens ep 6
Dream Gardens ep 6

Dream Gardens ep 6

Dream Gardens ep 6: Nestled behind the Central Coast of New South Wales and surrounded by native bushland, is the rural retreat of Phillip and Maria Visalli. Using materials that are sympathetic to the surrounds including sandstone, weathered steel, and decomposed granite they have big plans to transform their land into a minimalist inspired garden.     The planting scheme will be ornamental and mature fruit trees will provide instant impact and help frame the view that leads down to…

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Dream Gardens ep 5

Dream Gardens ep 5

Dream Gardens ep 5: since ancient time’s gardens have been celebrated for their healing power and more recently they’ve been shown to relieve stress, provide comfort and a sense of calm. For Roberto Masnata and his teenage children they are hoping that the transformation of their block will do exactly this and more.     The dream was to create the new garden with Karen, wife to Roberto and mother to Jordie and Lucca. It was to be the final…

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Dream Gardens ep 4

Dream Gardens ep 4

Dream Gardens ep 4: during the finishing stages of building their dream water front home on Sydney’s George’s River, Mark and Sandra Sader have pressed the green light on a design for their ultimate resort style garden. The plan is to have both house and garden finished at the same time; a good idea, in theory.     They quickly learn that you can’t put plants in the ground when building contractors are spraying concrete and trampling through site. The…

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Dream Gardens ep 3

Dream Gardens ep 3

Dream Gardens ep 3 Mother Nature can be your best friend, but she can also be your worst enemy. Stewart and Sandra Hart lost their home, garden and wonderful memories in the devastating Black Saturday bush-fires of 2009.     Rather than face the painful process of rebuilding, the Harts bought a property in a bucolic, country valley an hour’s drive from Melbourne. In search of inspiration for the garden they visited Stonefields, the home of Paul Bangay, one of…

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Dream Gardens ep 2

Dream Gardens ep 2

Dream Gardens ep 2: All gardens are dream driven but now and again the dream turns into a nightmare. When Frank and Mary-Anne D’Aquila bought their home the backyard was an overgrown slope. In pursuit of a family garden complete with pool, plants, and an entertaining space, they made the fateful mistake of deciding to level off the entire block.     Fast forward, three long years and their dream lay in tatters. Tonnes of dirt had been removed but…

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