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Home Living : March 29th 2011
8 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Fleming's botanical voyage of discovery » ADVERTISING FEATURE HOMELIVING Wes Fleming is about to launch his seventh assault on the famous Chelsea Flower Show with a garden designed by Ian Barker. While Fleming, from Flemings Nurseries, has won several medals in previous attempts, the much-coveted Best in Show award has continued to elude him. Barker's concept is a captivating one, drawing on botantist Joseph Bank's voyage of discovery aboard Captain Cook's Endeavour and the plants he collected along the way. While designs in previous years have capitalised on Australian outdoor lifestyle and the clever and stylish hard landscaping features currently in vogue, Barker's approach for this year's entry is much more plant-focused. ''The design isn't just focusing on plants Banks discovered in Australia,'' Barker says. ''We're taking two plants from each of his stops at Madeira, Rio de Janeiro, Tierra del Fuego, New Zealand, the east coast of Australia, Tahiti and South Africa. ''The plants take centre stage in this garden.'' This marks quite a departure in landscaping trends, one Barker and Fleming both believe is being reflected in contemporary gardens as minimalist designs and plantings start to be replaced by a revitalised focus on plants. ''Recently plants have been seen as window dressing, with 70 per cent hard-scaping to 30 per cent plants,'' says Barker. ''The Chelsea garden is more like 59-60 per cent garden and plants with 40 per cent given over to paving and ponds.'' Fleming says it's also been a personal journey for him. ''I've never been a history buff, I've always looked at tomorrow, but learning about Banks and this legend taught me so much -- and it's real.'' Go to flemings.com.au WES SAYS: The secret to a successful dry- tolerant garden is to establish the plants properly. Despite the tough conditions in recent years, many plants have proven themselves to be durable customers, not only surviving but flourishing, so don't give up on gardening. IAN SAYS: There's a move in gardening circles back to plant-focused gardens. If you plant two or three trees in the right spot in your garden, you'll be providing your house with some protec- tion from summer heat and cool your house naturally. www.waratahwardrobes.com.au FACTORY & SHOWROOM Unit 1, 183-185 McCredie Rd, Guildford 9632 5444 Lic. No. 160400C 2128208i 1/2 built-in WARDROBES N Lifetime Warranty N Free Measure & Quote N Custom Design Built-in Wardrobes N Renovation of existing Wardrobes N Sliding Mirror doors in a variety of colour frames N Hinged or sliding Federation Doors N We now do kitchens Authorised Dealer Licence No 215990C HUGE AUTUMN SAVINGS PHONE NOW for a FREE In-Home Quote 9737 0293 2258875i 22/3 • DUCTED SYSTEMS • MULTI SPLIT SYSTEMS • SPLIT SYSTEM O Remove existing fittings, wall and floor tiles O Supply and fix new wall lining or cement render. O Waterproof wet areas O Supply and fix wall and floor tiles x 20m² $30per m² allowance O Supply and install vanity valued $500.00 O Supply and install bath valued $200.00 O Supply and install taps valued $360.00 O Supply and install toilet suite valued $450.00 O Supply and install shower screen valued $520.00 O Supply and install mirror valued $100.00 O Supply and install accessories valued $200.00 O Remove all trade waste and effect final clean up O Full guarantee COMPLETED IN 8 DAYS GUARANTEED $9980 Scope of Work BATHROOM Renovations Master Bathrooms Ph: 9899 9330 Builders Lic No. 178503c www.masterbathrooms.net.au 20 Years Experience Carpentry-Plumbing-Electrical -Tiling-Waterproofing (NSW) Pty. Ltd. 2110282i 11/1 Specialists in the manufacture, supply and installation of aluminium windows and doors Sydney wide Free no obligation measure and quote PHONE 9623 5611 Email firstname.lastname@example.org www.betaview.com.au 2178848i 1/3 Decks Pergolas Stainless steel wire handrail Lattice Privacy Screens DIY pergola and deck kits Lic No: 170944C FREE LOCAL DELIVERY SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS OUTDOOR PINE FREE DESIGN & QUOTE 5 CHILVERS ROAD THORNLEIGH www.thomsonsoutdoorpine.com.au 2136330i hln wk39 PHONE: 9980 7611 THOMSON'S • Over 16 Years Experience • New Showroom: Unit 57/4 Hoyle Ave Castle Hill Authorised Dealer GARAGE DOORS & AUTOMATIONS P/L SERVICES TO ALL DOORS AUTOMATIC OPENERS FR $440 FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 9894 7188 2122128i 22/03
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