Winners for twenty fourteen - Nature's Vision

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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.













Rich In History - Rich in Flavour

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)


 


Hollydene Estate opened the Arrowfield vineyard to the public on February 17, 2014, it nestles between Jerry's Plains and the pretty little hub of Denman, gateway to the rich Upper Hunter Valley home of wines and equine studs. 

Our client's purchased Hollydene vineyard in 2005 the following year they purchased the Wybong vineyard (previously known as 'Reynolds Yarraman') from then the Wybong and Hollydene vineyards were run under the banner and brand of Hollydene. 
For several years Hollydene exclusively supplied Arrowfield Estate Wines with grapes however Arrowfield closed in 2010. Our clients needed to make a presence with their wine labels and therefore needed an outlet in the area for their wines so they purchased Arrowfield in 2011 minus the wine label and set out in bringing it back to life. 

Hollydene and Wybong are two of the oldest and most iconic vineyards in the Upper Hunter. Combined with the historic Arrowfield, the three vineyards provide Hollydene Estate Wines with Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillon, Tempranillio, Sangiovese, Gewürztraminer and Verdelho grapes.  

A distinct respect for the property's long history and its surrounds was maintained during the Hollydene development with the use of timbers from the from the original Bowman's crossing bridge that once crossed the Hunter river and turpentine timber from the original wharf at Goat Island, Sydney. The timbers are a feature in the walls and ceilings of the restaurant and cellar door as well as the outdoor decking and alfresco area. 

Our Natures Vision Team were engaged to redesign the soft landscaping within the Arrowfield grounds along with a new alfresco cafe area.



   











http://hollydeneestate.com/


Bringing Peace - InsideOut March14

Friday, March 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

InsideOut Magazine

As featured in InsideOut Magazine



Bringing Peace


The clean lines and angles of a mid-century home inspire the considered planting of its tranquil garden

Words Donyale Harrison, Photography Brigid Arnott


Fish provide flashes of mobile colour in this cool courtyard at the front of the house. Their orange is reflected in crucifix orchids (opposite), while grey-blue pebbles connect to the paving and a nearby retaining wall

We were married in the garden here,” says Alison, the lucky co-owner of this tranquil garden. “It’s so full of memories.” ‘Here’ is a generous 800-square-metre coastal block near Newcastle that Alison shares with her husband, Ray. The couple purchased it 10 years ago from Alison’s parents, who bought it in 1973, when Alison was a young woman.

The retired pair began by refreshing the original Pettit+Sevitt architecture of the home, then they called on landscape designer Michael Cooke of Michael Cooke Garden Design after seeing the garden he made for Alison’s brother.

“It’s such a cool house,” says Michael, “and you could see that Ray and Alison really understood and respected the architecture and wanted us to do the same in the garden. The house has great lines and needed to be complimented, not complicated.”

He took inspiration from the 1960s architecture and kept a number of significant trees and shrubs, including palms, camellias that Alison’s mother had planted and a mature Argyle apple eucalypt tree at the front of the garden. “That eucalypt set the theme of grey, blue and silver in the front garden,” says Michael. “Whereas out the back, there’s a big tree on one side that casts a lot of shade, so that, and the palms there, took us down that path towards a darker colour palette and created a lush tropical feel.”

Drainage works and irrigation began the transformation, then existing steps and retaining walls at the front were joined together. The driveway, bordered by a curved blue-grey stone wall, was planted out with a series of informal rounded shrubs fronted by mounds of clipped maidenhair vine, which Alison loves shaping.

The stone wall defines the sloping garden on one side, with steps leading to the house on the other. The lower garden, below the driveway, is filled with hardy varieties including sansevieria, yuccas, corokia virgata, varied groupings of Indian hawthorns and miscanthus. Crucifix orchids provide era-appropriate colour and fragrance.




     

The grey-blues of the drive and large Argyle apple tree (above left) set the tones for the front garden, which slopes down from street level. Clipped mounds and naturally rounded shrubs are interspersed with upright spears of sansevieria (top) and brightened with seasonal flowers, including orange dicliptera. White walls mark the footpath to the front door, while on the drive side, the unusual colours of ‘Blue Glow’ agave complement the stacked-stone wall (above middle) that curves towards the courtyard and fishpond.

This garden ends at a small, flat area. “The area needed a simple solution,” says Michael, “so we installed a fishpond.” For Ray and Alison, it was a brilliant idea. Not only does the pond create a zone of quiet stillness where they can enjoy the front garden, but the fish themselves have become pets. “They come up in the morning when I go out,” says Alison. “You can stroke them.”

The rear garden, which looks out onto a sports oval, presented a bigger challenge but also a solution. “We’d planted a murraya hedge when we moved in,” says Alison, “and Michael looked at it, and looked at the roofline of the house.” What was once a straight-topped boundary has been reinvented as an angular series of what Michael calls ‘ice cubes’. “They echo the angles of the house and the garden beds, making something traditional interesting and unique. You can see over them to the oval and landscape beyond.”

This angular mid-height hedge plays backdrop to the beds with swathes of silver bush, lush mixes of palms and elephant-ear plants, and rivers of grasses, succulents and other lush coastal plants.

“The house has an element of Japanese design with all the glass and timber, which we wanted to incorporate into the coastal look,” says Alison. “Landscape designers have an ability to ‘see’ their designs, we trusted Michael and now that we can see it too, we love it.”

The installation was done by Adam Eurell and his team at Nature’s Vision Landscapes, with a few tweaks along the way. “We added the curved stone wall at the driveway, which Adam thought would finish Michael’s design,” says Alison. “We still get the landscaping team in every few months to maintain the garden and change the odd thing – I want to add a few miniature acanthus in one area – it’s all evolving. But there’s very little we’ve changed overall.”

“It’s not meant to be a low-maintenance garden,” says Michael. “Alison and Ray enjoy working outdoors, but they also love to travel. It was designed so that they could leave the garden without needing a housesitter to do much, and then pick it up when they come back.”

For Alison, it has become a haven. “I love my bowl at the back for the birds. I never tire of that view: the textures and the kookaburras bathing in the bowl, and the magpies and cats taking it in turns to have a drink. It’s just beautiful. To me, it’s what the garden is about.”




     

Cedar panelling was a key feature of the original architecture (top). While cool greens, silvers and greys dominate the garden, warm oranges and reds dotted throughout reflect the timber tones. The hand-like leaves of fatsia at the front door (above right) start a semi-tropical theme that carries through to the back garden, in contrast to the stiffer plants that dominate the sloping front garden (above left). Spreading plants, interlaced root systems and a heavy mulch keep moisture in the soil on the slope, despite its exposure to drying winds.

*For more info on Michael Cooke Garden Design, visit michaelcooke.com.au, and for details on Nature Vision Landscapes, visit naturesvision.com.au.

Old Charm

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

A busy start to 2014 for the Natures Vision teams many projects are on the go but I wanted to share this quaint little garden in Sydney's North shore designed by Michael Cooke Garden Design some 15 years ago. 


Michael and our team revisited this garden for a little revamp, some touches of horticulture in the garden along with some new planting, mulching and corten garden steel edging was needed to bring this garden back to life. 


It is a pleasure to hear that our clients are enjoying their garden "It is lovely now to sit in the garden and just admire it instead of thinking of doing all the hard work".


Garden snapshots below: Before & After 













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Coastal Garden

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

A Wamberal coastal residence has been designed in-house. The clients brief was for a functional garden with an emphasis on New Zealand and Australian native plant's in-keeping with the origin of the home owners. 

Our design intent was for an informal coastal styled garden. Plant material was to flow onto pathways to soften the entire dwelling and recycled timber and natural stones provided an earthy pallete of materials in the garden. 

Front garden;
A relaxed coastal garden including Coastal Rosemary, Coastal and Swamp Banksia, Queenslamd Bottle Tree, Casuarina Cousin it, Xanthorrhoea glauca, Poa Suggan Buggan, Variegated NZ Flax, Corokia Silver Ghost and Carex grasses planted amongst aged railway stepped sleepers, basalt boulders and terrazo steppers for an informal but impressive entry to the home.










Pictured above; A small lawn courtyard was created in the front garden with a large recycled timber wharf beam to allow a private spot to sit, although this courtyard was not totally enclosed it allowed a private setting with an open feel to the space. 


Rear garden;
Nestled at the rear boundary was an existing canopy of Lemon scented tea trees. Initially the client was undecided to keep the tea trees as they blocked their view but existed as effective screening for the neighbouring house. After debate it was decided to treat the trees with a skeletonised type pruning at the commencement of the house build so 12 months down the track the neighbouring house would be screened, views were maintained and plants now have a new lease of life. This proved to be a successful horticultural operation, the plants still providing a great canopy today. The underplantings included Dicksonias, Cyatheas, Native Gardenia, NZ Rock Lilies, Themeda 'Mingo' Grass, Native voilet and Alpinia all set below the elevated pool.










Above;  Embracing a soft relaxed feel with timber decking, natural stone, Terrazo stone pavers were used around the pool area, entry stairs and upper balconies.


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Danish Design | Summer sale 50% off

Thursday, January 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)



 

While stock lasts.



 

Lido Deck Chair Teak/Sun texture 

Retail price $ 1290 | Summer sale $ 645 





Riviera Multifunction Teak 

Retail price $ 2320 | Summer sale $ 1160







Selandia Lounge Chair Teak - Retail price $ 1670 | Summer sale $ 825

 

Selandia Footstool Teak - Retail price $ 330 | Summer Sale $ 165






Classic Chair Teak/brown leather 

Retail price $ 1590 | Summer sale $ 795





    

Ocean Dining String Chair *  Black/Stainless Steel/FiberLoom 

Retail price $ 890 | Summer sale $ 445






Mini Wardrobe Teak/Stainless Steel 

Retail price $ 490 | Summer sale $ 245







Adirondack Chair Retail price $ 1480 | Summer sale $ 740


Adirondack Footstool Retail price $ 350 | Summer sale $ 175

Certified Eucalyptus/White high gloss



* Only sold in lots of 2. Published with all reserve as prices are subject to alteration, print's error and out of stock.  



For all sales enquiries; Email | Phone 0438 455 815 

Pomegranate sculpture

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

A small gathering of friends over christmas and this lovely gift of art from a friend.


  


The Pomegranate is one of the oldest fruits, once you get past the multitude of seeds, its juice is tangy, sweet, rich and flavourful. The juice becomes the base for flavourings for entertaining drinks, savory dishes and sweets. While the whole seeds are a simple delight eaten fresh or used as a colourful accent as a garnish. 


A Donna Hay festive season dish that is a favourite haloumi, fig and pomegranate salad



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