How To Start A Productive Garden TODAY!

What to plant if you want food quickly

Those leafy vegetables and herbs Paul West mentioned above? Not only can they be grown in pots to suit a small space, but if you put them in the ground right now, they’ll be ready to begin harvesting in four to six weeks! ‘When you do start harvesting, be sure to harvest the outermost leaves first, and never take more than one-third of the plant mass,’ he says. 

Of course, you don’t need to be a literal expert to grow your own produce at home, as shown by TDF’s very own gardening enthusiast (aka our partnerships manager) Alice Ziebell! Alice spends every weekend tending to her crop of plants alongside her landscape architect husband, Marlon Ziebell. (Once your vegetable garden is underway, be sure to try out some of this pair’s delightful recipes!)

Alice says right now is the perfect time

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Elevating A Classic Queenslander, In More Ways Than One!

When presented with a 1909 house last used as a mental health hostel, a visionary approach was required. Enter Vokes and Peters, who recognised the cultural significance of the unprotected house, and were able to balance these with the needs of the new owners.

This project was a complex undertaking, first involving the rehabilitation, conservation and extension of the historic house designed by prominent Brisbane architect, AB Wilson (whose family continue to run Wilson Architects today). The operator of the former hostel had enclosed all of the verandahs to maximise dormitory spaces, stripping the house of much of its character in the process. ‘Consequently its original relationship to its setting, beauty and elegance were almost illegible,’ says Vokes and Peters architect, Stuart Vokes.

The architects approached the renovation using the classic ‘raise and build under’ strategy commonly applied to Brisbane homes. Concrete and rough-rendered masonry was selected for the

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Five Garden Designs You Didn’t Get To See At The Melbourne International Flower + Garden Show

Phillip Withers

TDF friend Phillip Withers started his company in 2012 and has been making serious waves in the local landscape design scene ever since! His team of designers, architects and horticulturalists are passionate about creating a sensory connection with the natural landscape through rich, productive native plant-life. Having created award-winning gardens at previous Melbourne International Flower and Garden shows, this year, the team had designed a garden inspired by the rugged coastline of Point Addis, which Phillip himself talked us through.

Talk us through the installation you had planned…

‘It’s Our Time’ was to be presented in association with Yarra Valley Water, and the planning, research and design took over a year! As more than half of Victoria’s vegetation has been cleared since European settlement, and we face the reality of climate change, we feel it’s our time to celebrate the importance of locality, encourage biodiversity, promote water conservation

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Terrazzo Marble Floors + Indoor Garden Oasis = A Modernist Masterpiece (On The Market)!

In uncertain times, when issues on a global scale are a whirling current, take heart and a deep lesson from those who traversed times of massive upheaval, came out the other side and decided to celebrate life and beauty with remarkable residences such as this one.

A c.1963 home of uncompromising continental panache, designed by post-war, Polish immigrant Bernard Slawik for one Mr. Josek Baker, made complete (among other aspects) by the astounding timberwork from local joinery master Dario Zureff (and lovely to see him named in the agent blurb with such knowing familiarity. Gary Peer has been kicking many an MCM goal of late – kudos!).

It’s not often we defer to the agent video, but in this case it is a must to truly get a handle on just how splendid an example of Marvellous Melbourne Migrant Modern (MMMM) we have here. An unqualified jaw-dropper.

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An Original Mid-Century Queenslander With Millennium Modern Flair

While honing her design skills over many years spent living in Melbourne, Bronwyn Labagnara became fascinated with modernist architecture. Having grown up in Brisbane, the interior designer and her husband were not officially “looking” when they spotted an original modernist house for sale in Chapel Hill, Brisbane’s inner-West. However, they immediately saw this place’s potential. Designed by acclaimed modernist architect, John Dalton, and built in 1964, the house had won a Residential Architectural award from the Australian Institute of Architects. The couple snapped it up, prompting their family’s move to the sunshine state in 2015, and the beginning of a meaningful design project for Bronwyn and her newly formed studio, Hannah & Co. Design.

Bronwyn describes the house in its original state as having “peach paint throughout, a bright blue kitchen, and a wild backyard with overgrown everything’. But, it had architectural details ‘to die for’ – with deep eaves,

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