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  • Published: 5 April 2004
  • ISBN: 9780670041817
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $45.00

The Defined Garden


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This is a book full of inspirational gardens, created by one of Australia's leading landscape designers. With the support of Simon Griffith's superb photographs, Paul Bangay demonstrates and explains the elements of good garden design. For each garden he presents the owners' brief, the existing architecture, and the nature and problems of the site, and then discusses the development and successful execution of the plan. The book examines small courtyard gardens, larger suburban gardens, and country gardens in different states of Australia and also highlights Paul Bangay's larger, public and commercial projects and exhibition work, such as the Botanica installations for the Melbourne International Festival of the Arts. Readers will spend hours dreaming over the pages of this book – and in the process learn much about the art of designing a beautiful garden.

  • Pub date: 5 April 2004
  • ISBN: 9780670041817
  • Imprint: Viking
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: $45.00

About the Authors

Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay is one of Australia's most high-profile landscape designers. His working life is divided between Australian and overseas commissions; his spare time is spent at Stonefields, the garden he is building in the country. Paul's influential previous books, Paul Bangay’s Country Gardens, The Garden at Stonefields, Paul Bangay’s Guide to Plants, Paul Bangay’s Garden Design Handbook, The Defined Garden, The Boxed Garden, The Balanced Garden and The Enchanted Garden, continue to find new readers. In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian landscape design. In 2018 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to landscape architecture.

Simon Griffiths

Simon Griffiths is a leading photographer of food, interiors and gardens. His photography appears frequently in the major lifestyle magazines and in books such as Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Companion and Kylie Kwong: My China. In the field of gardening and landscape design he has collaborated with Rick Eckersley and Lisa Stafford on their book Outside, with Jenna Reed Burns on Australian Gardens for a Changing Climate, and with noted rosarian Susan Irvine on The Garden at Forest Hall. He has also worked closely with leading Australian garden designer Paul Bangay on all his books, most recently The Garden at Stonefields. Shed is his is his second solo book following Shack.


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