One day I ‘got’ a garden

Well over a decade ago the Horticultural Media Association in NSW asked me to contribute to a kind of debate called ‘Gardens of the Future will have no plants’.  The timing was perfect, as Leo Schofield had recently passed on to me an article from a US newspaper about a garden made entirely of plastic plants.  In this garden, the plastic wisteria had plastic flowers added and then removed, in season.  I called the store that supplied the plants, and it was extraordinary how many different kinds were available “thirty two different hydrangeas at all stages of growth” they boasted.  I asked about lavender “Oh ‘erbs? you want ‘erbs? We have hundreds of different ‘erbs’!” Continue reading

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