Jun 2009 - Burkes Backyard
This gold-award-winning display garden from the 2009 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show turns pergolas, planters, screens, outdoor furniture and fences into a liveable work of art.
Article: Designer Paal Grant, a sculptor and landscape designer, combined his talents with Entanglements Melbourne Metal Art Studio to create an organic, rusty-finished sculptural garden with a strong underlying circular motif. This is a modular pre-fabricated garden that could be also built on rooftops, balconies or in backyards where space is a premium.
The Sculpture garden has a circular timber path which skirts around the metal boat tree. The centre room is an outdoor dining oasis defined by a pergola that features rusty light poles and a decorative wrought iron candle display. A wall garden consisting of colourful edible plants screens the area from the elements and provides privacy. The relief cut-out boat tree is also a water feature that echoes the shape of the freestanding tree at the other end of the garden (pictured opposite).
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The light poles of the pergola are made from rusty steel with decorative fretwork floral motifs that let the light shine through. Steel is a traditional Australian building medium which ages well and blends harmoniously into the garden.
Cocooned within the vertical garden walls is a circular lounge area which focuses around the ambience of an open fire pit. The surrounding lush garden is a clever combination of indigenous , succulent and exotic plants, which create an attractive, yet remarkably water wise and low-maintenance area.
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Recycled timber laid out in a radiating pattern emphasises the shape of the semi-circular step and draws the eye towards the pergola. The table is custom made from metal and recycled timber and the stackable rusty padded cubes are used as stools.