Jun 2009 - Burkes Backyard

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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.

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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.

Contact Details
Paal Grant Designs in Landscaping Caulfield, Victoria, phone 0407 318 922 or visit www.paalgrant.com.au
Entanglements (03) 9576 9600, www.entanglements.com.au