A Journey Via The Seasons At Paul Bangay’s Monumental Personal Backyard

Like all good artists, a panorama designer’s own residence is the proper clean canvas to trial their new concepts. Right here, they’re free to experiment creatively, with out briefs or restrictions. That impulse to discover by no means modifications, even whenever you’re one among Australia’s main panorama designers.

‘Once I first designed the backyard I wished it to be a laboratory of all of the concepts and kinds I see in my travels and readings,’ says Paul Bangay of his monumental backyard, Stonefields, at his non-public residence in Daylesford. ‘I wished to find a way categorical concepts which may be too “on the market” for my shoppers, however good for me.’

It’s been 16 years since he acquired the land, and the backyard has now reached full maturity – an event Paul has commemorated with a brand new ebook! Stonefields: By The Seasons builds on the work documented in an earlier publication, and charts the backyard in full bloom because it modifications over the seasons. It additionally represents Paul’s shifting inspirations, reflecting the delicate methods his tastes and observe have developed within the final decade and a half.

‘A brand new softness has appeared as I age and mellow,’ Paul says, noting that he now favours extra wild components in his gardens. ‘My fashion has modified to much less formal and way more flowers, so this books reveals that new softness in my life.’

There are 4 very distinct seasons within the Daylesford area which, being in nation Victoria, has a cooler local weather than different elements of the state. Vibrant autumnal hues give method to wealthy crabapples and ample wisteria within the spring; and your complete garden is blanketed in a dramatic, icy frost in winter. It consistently sprouts new curiosity at totally different factors all year long, even for its proprietor.

‘Above all I wished a backyard that belonged to the world and never simply Australia,’ says Paul, of the ever-changing design. ’It’s a melting pot of worldwide ideas and journey.’

Be part of Lucy in dialog with Paul on the attractive Stonefields grounds for a chat about this unbelievable 16-year labour of affection, LIVE on each @thedesignfiles and @paulbangay ‘s Instagram at 10am this coming Saturday November 14th!

Order ‘Stonefields: By The Seasons’ printed by Lantern, Penguin right here