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Best of Est 2021 | Landscape Design

What key shifts have you seen in what clients are looking for in the past five years?

Myles Broad: People are opting for more streamlined, often cantilevered BBQs that are less monumental and obtrusive. Everyone wants a pool. I kind of wish they didn’t, because I love the beach and the planet – and it doesn’t get more unsustainable than a heated pool that gets two months of use in Melbourne. It appears that natural styles, like looser gardens like ours, are trending.  They work beautifully as a counterpoint to harder-edged architecture.

Three words that most appropriately sum up your approach to landscape design are… 

Myles Broad: Natural, liveable, grounded.

The one thing people always ask me is…

Myles Broad: “What’s wrong with my Fiddle Leaf Fig?” Despite their ubiquity, the little villains are quite hard to grow well.  They need a drained pot, plenty of light, and plenty of water. Occasional food doesn’t go astray either. It seems they end up in sealed pots, go rotten and die, or are in drained pots and don’t get put out for a good soak.  

What is the one key piece of advice you would impart to a young landscape designer?

Myles Broad: “Bugger off, this is my town!” (laughs). Then after that, “listen to your client.  Take notes. Read them.  Then go create!”

What is your favourite space in your own garden and why?

Myles Broad: I have a central courtyard within my house draped with Virginia Creeper, which has a bubbling pond and a relaxed feel. I love to unwind there with a beer at the end of the day.

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Designer Focus | Landscape Designer Will Dangar

A combination of low-maintenance grasses such as Chinese Silver Grass and New Zealand Flax, succulents and hardy trees settle the house into the landscape while the established Norfolk Island Pine, common to the area, frames the view. Fragrance comes courtesy of banks of gardenias.

“We have a great relationship with these clients and are working on another project with them. It is the best thing when trust has been established and it is all about the ideas and the collaboration. Like putting on an old pair of leather gloves – in the best possible way”.


This piece originally appeared in est Magazine Issue #42.

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At Home with Landscape Designer Anthony Wyer

The Boulder House emerges from an existing limestone boulder, designed as a Mediterranean-inspired home for Wyer & Co. creative director Andrew Wyer and his family. The home’s indoor and outdoor spaces have been given equal priority, designed to flow together as places to congregate and entertain. Joining forces with Tamsin Johnson, the interior designer has created textural continuity between inside and outside, combining European elements with an eclectic Australian style.

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Dress Your Tech: Misty Landscape

Dress Your Tech: Misty Landscape

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A Californian Inspired Outdoor Sanctuary | Landscape Design

To the north side of the gazebo, matching white limestone steppers surrounded by dwarf mondo grass lead past an in-situ fire pit with a gravel base. Ben specified a collection of palms to separate the fire pit nook from the dining area for seclusion and comfort.

As the dining space is uncovered, the King durable Quay Ceramic dining table featuring a ceramic top, and accompanying dining chairs, were chosen to provide years of enjoyment. A non-invasive style of bamboo creates curtains of greenery, ideal for protection in warmer months when shade is a priority.

The Californian inspired tropical garden, paired with King outdoor furniture, perfectly blurs the family home and resort. Only one question remains. What time is check-in?

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Art at Home | Whimsical Landscape | Style

Meg Walters

Based in Northern NSW, inspired by the diverse landscape of Australia combined with memories of her home, Bermuda, artist Meg Walters reflects on inter-connectedness, nostalgia and escapism in her whimsical landscapes. Trained at the esteemed Chelsea College of the Arts in London, Meg unites art and nature through gestural abstraction of the environment. Working from her rainforest-surrounded studio, the works result from washes of oil paint, layering memories and stories to invoke organic depictions of nature.

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