A new way of LIFE

Friday, October 16, 2015 | Leave a Comment (0)

The Natures Vision construction team embarked on a journey in 2014 to undertake a landscape project that was to be a new working experience. Time has passed and the project is well underway opening late 2016 a visit to Goonoo Goonoo station will be an unforgettable experience. 





A birds eye view in the midst of restoration and construction at Goonoo Goonoo Station.


HISTORY

Goonoo Goonoo Station (gun-a-gun-oo) is one of the New England region's most prized and historical pastoral properties.
Established as a sheep station in 1831, it is set on 4,430ha of land approximately 25km south of Tamworth, and forms part of the original land grant by King George IV.

Now with a large-scae baldy cattle program, Goonoo Goonoo Station is set to become the region's most exciting destination for food, wine and entertainment.  


FUTURE 


After extensive restoration and construction of their remarkable new restaurant, Goonoo Goonoo Station aims to provide superb dining experiences, luxury self contained accommodation, exclusive conference facilities, intimate event spaces, and picturesque wedding locations. 





Register today and be the first to receive updates on opening offers, promotions and information on function and event packages. Consisting of a number of heritage-listed and pastoral buildings, including its own chapel and schoolhouse, this magnificent village has been left idle for far too long.





Inside Out | Xmas Dec14

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

InsideOut Magazine

As featured in InsideOut Magazine



Coastal Calm


Idyllically situated above the water, this modern garden blends soft yet hardy planting with a tough mix of materials that embrace the salty sea air. Here, we share the key ideas behind its successful design

Words Louise McDaid, Photography Brigid Arnott


Cladding: Natural stone wall cladding in warm and cool tones blends with the coastal surrounds. The cladding is a granite veneer product called Howqua, and is part of Eco Outdoor’s ‘Free Form’ range.

Perched on a clifftop high above the water at New South Wales’s Copacabana is a garden that characterises beachside style. Astute design with clever details combine to create a garden of intermingled form and function, where elements multi-task, as well as showcase a sense of contemporary style.

The garden is on a 20 metre by 55 metre-size block in an exposed coastal position, which determined many of the design parameters. The planting is predominantly salt-tolerant species while the colours are reminiscent of sand and sea; blue, grey, silver and natural tones pervade the planting and hardscape palettes.

“It’s a relaxed beach-house style of garden,” says Michael Cooke of Michael Cooke Garden Design, who took care of the landscape design. The garden requires little maintenance, despite the variety of plants, and Michael describes it as “not being an overworked garden. “There’s nothing fussy or complicated about it.” he says. “There’s an air of space and flow that makes it an easy and casual place to be.”

A cobble-style paved drive traverses some of the steep incline (about a nine-metre change in height) from the street to the house. A series of off-white concrete stairs and landings leads from the parking area to the home. The stairs really are a feature in their own right; their dimensions and orientation create an inviting entrance and look stunning viewed from the elevated house. The outdoor zone illustrates the talent of Adam Eurell of Nature’s Vision Landscapes, who collaborated with Michael and oversaw the installation of all the hardscape elements. This is a garden for all seasons, where native, exotic and edible plants are interesting year-round and complement the hard surfaces and structures.


     

  1. SOFTEN THE EDGES The purple spires of Mexican sage cut a swathe of intense colour across the backdrop of neutral tones. The feathery heads of miscanthus ‘Hiawatha’ add a highlight that marks seasonal change, and brings softness to the stone and timber. ‘Filetti’ cobble-style paving is teamed with Jericho limestone flooring inside the gate; both are from Eco Outdoor (ecooutdoor.com.au).
  2. TURN TO STONE The horizontal lines of the gabion wall repeat those of the timber-clad house. Not only creating an edging wall to the parking area, the quartz-filled gabion baskets also retain the slope behind, which is planted with a variety of grasses and groundcovers. The screen of 50mm x 50mm merbau pickets encloses the outdoor shower zone and supports an espaliered fig.
  3. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL Textural foliage serves as a counterbalance to the modern concrete steps. The velvet elephant’s ear plant – a type of kalanchoe – has large and sculptural felted leaves that stand up to the concrete forms, as well as the hot windy conditions. The succulent leaves retain moisture so it can survive with little water, and it holds its shapely contours all year.
  4. A NUMBERS GAME A custom-built triangular concrete prism houses the letterbox, and echoes the material and angles of the garden steps. The numbers were imprinted by using foam cut-outs attached to the formwork before the in-situ concrete pour.
  5. STEP UP The concrete steps are a pivotal element of the garden, playing a crucial role while also being bold and striking. Formed on site with off-white concrete, the stairway links the drive and parking area to the residence in a series of angled steps. The steps vary from single to double treads, creating space to pause, linger or sit. The slope by the steps is planted with miscanthus ‘Hiawatha’ and chalksticks groundcover.
  6. PATH TO GLORY A pathway of steppers is a relaxed treatment where a solid path isn’t necessary. These steppers are mini pieces of the main paved area, formed in situ repeating the ‘Filetti’ stone paving. Pebble and bark mulch surround the steppers, enhancing the natural coastal vibe, and a sea of chalkstick plants encroaches, forming a ‘living’ mulch.
  7. SINK INTO IT A marble basin adds a touch of luxury to the post beach-walk foot wash. The basin combines practicality and elegance, offering a welcome respite in summer after yet another beach visit. To top it off is the simple copper pipe spout, bent into a smooth gentle curve on site.
  8. AHEAD OF THE CURVE The concrete stairs lead up to a landing platform, where the strong stairway angles give way to sinuous curved edges. Viewed from above, from the outlook of the house, these angles and curves from a spectacular vista. The silver, grey and blue foliage is cool against the white concrete to form a sophisticated tapestry of soft planting and tough materials. For more details, visit Michael Cooke Garden Design at michaelcooke. com.au and Nature’s Vision Landscapes at naturesvision.com.au.

     

Christmas time!!!

Tuesday, December 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)




Our team enjoyed our end of year gathering in one of our very own gardens Copa Beach House. A fun filled evening as the sun was setting we kicked back, relaxed on the deck with the breathtaking cliffside coastal views. 


Thank you to Mr. Paella Casa for cooking up a spanish paella banquet and to follow we delved into a towering sculpture of profiteroles yummo!!!



A festive season croquembouche...








Sydney Spring Heart Kids Garden Tour 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)


Our Natures Vision team enjoyed the fifth annual Alpine Nurseries Spring Garden Tour supporting HeartKids NSW. 


Last friday a prestigious garden tour showcased exquisite gardens in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. It was a lovely day out whilst making a difference to the children and families affected by congenital heart disease.


An early morning rise to leave from the Central Coast to join the tour at Eden Gardens, North Ryde from there 130 guests travelled by coaches to visit 5 private homes and their beautiful gardens. Through-out the day we wandered through beautiful gardens and listened to inspirational talks from designers, home owners and landscapers. A divine home made morning tea prepared by Kay from Alpine Nurseries was enjoyed in the Randwick garden, a sit down lunch was served up in the beautiful tea house room at Vaucluse House and to end the day we relaxed in the late afternoon in the most spectacular Sydney Harbour garden with breathtaking views, canapés and champagne. The Garden briefs and snapshots through-out the day follow;


Garden 1: Balmain

This garden has been designed around one of the original old Balmain homes which has been complemented with a new architecturally designed addition. The designer has worked with the contours of the site creating privacy where required. Extensive use of native plants has been used to complement the existing native trees both on the site and in the nearby park. During construction of the garden existing sandstone bedrock was revealed and has been left as a feature as was an ancient well that was discovered and is now a unique water feature.















Garden 2: Randwick 

A stone's throw from Coogee Beach and nestled into the end of a private cul-de-sac, this secluded Sydney beachside garden balances beautifully the horticultural and the structural. With a seamless connection between the interior and exterior, this house is actually all about the garden. And so it should be as it is the home of the owners of  Secret Gardens. Every room in the house has an outlook onto the main garden or to a series of internal courtyards. A beautiful aspect which captures sunlight in winter through the entire house and garden and established trees that provide dappled shade from hot afternoon sun in summer, it is a garden to be enjoyed year round. Completely private from their neighbours, it is their very own secret Garden. 










Garden 3: Rosebery

This house, which was designed for a busy family who enjoy entertaining had to have a low maintenance, stylish but functional garden that included some modern productive elements like a veggie patch, chickens and some fruit trees.










Lunch: Vaulcuse House 



Garden 4: Bellevue Hill

This unique garden is extremely private and has been designed around the owner's extensive private collection of sculpture. The hedges create nooks for individual pieces that are discovered as you explore the garden. Foliage colour and texture is cleverly used to complement each sculpture and in addition the garden has beautiful spaces for entertaining as well as a pool and tennis court. 













Garden 5: Vaucluse

This original 1850's sandstone residence has been extensively renovated and no expense has been spared on creating a very private botanical oasis. The house and garden look directly over the harbour and the location and view would be considered one of the finest in Sydney. The tennis court has been converted into a productive vegetable garden that includes bee hives, chickens and fruit trees. The sweeping rear lawn perennial gardens frame the view and contain a wide range of interesting plants.





















Grand Designs Home Show Live - Sydney Exhibition Centre

Saturday, October 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

A great day out with a diverse range of products to view from kitchens, bathrooms, interiors, buildings, technology & the outdoors along with inspirational talks through-out the event.

AILDM Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers had partnered with Grand Design Home Show and created a Grand Show Gardens display area.





Next home show;


An imposing cellar

Monday, October 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

Thank you Michael & Cathy Cooke for a lazy afternoon in your beautiful garden at Hawthorn Stud, Central Mangrove Mountain we shared drinks and nibbles with family and friends whilst the children had a playful time with garden games and splashing in the pool. 

The festive season is just around the corner for you to enjoy your newly built wine cellar, this is a beautiful addition to your garden. I hope all your family and friends have contributed to your wine cellar stock. We look forward to visiting again soon...














Winners for twenty fourteen - Nature's Vision

Saturday, September 06, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)



The Graham Ross Residential Landscape Construction of the Year Award 











2014 LNA Landscape Excellence Awards

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Copacabana

Residential $150k - $300k










2014 LNA Landscape Excellence Awards

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Merewether 

Residential Regional - Open Value 
















Merewether 

Residential $75k - $150k
























A new era for Goonoo Goonoo Station

Saturday, August 30, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

A morning's sunrise was a breathtaking display of radiant colours


A new era for Goonoo Goonoo Station, elaborate renovations are underway. Goonoo Goonoo station is about 25 klm south of Tamworth which we now call a home away from home for our Nature's Vision construction crew. Adam Eurell has been working closely with our client for sometime now to redesign and bring back to life this historic station.


About Goonoo Goonoo Station;


- Goonoo Goonoo was originally the headquarters for the Australian Agricultural Company, and was part of the original land grant by King George IV through the British Parliament in 1833.


- Goonoo Goonoo itself became almost a village in the 1870's with its elaborate station homestead, post office, school, numerous cottages for employees, accommodation house and wool shed.


- Goonoo Goonoo holds its own postcode 2340.


- About 4430ha  


- Goonoo Goonoo Rose. Their own rose bushes are to be cared for and relocated into the new landscape garden. 




A collection of various snapshots on the station in the first few months of construction with the NVL crew.


  


 



















Above; Old edging stones probably plowed up from the paddocks is used to create a parking area to the side of the driveway.