Home' Outdoors : Scoop Outdoors 2012 13 Contents 32 SCOOP Outdoors and Gardens 2012/13
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ooking at other people’s gardens has become somewhat of an Australian national pastime,
whether it’s a Sunday stroll through the neighbourhood or an organised passion. Whichever
path you travel, this year’s Outdoors and Gardens annual will give you your fix of green gazing.
In our World Class feature, p42, we go abroad for an eye-catching sample of alfresco spaces,
while our round-up of the national treasures on p56 proves once again that Australians do gardens best.
Design Directions, p82, will be all the inspiration you need to kick-start your garden project, pre-
empting the profiles from p116 that read as a who’s who and what’s what of all things outdoor-related.
It’s undeniable that gardens are an integral part of the Australian landscape, culture and lifestyle.
This year, however, Deputy editor Claire Watkins and I have seen the impact of green spaces increase
dramatically, both within private domains and urban environments.
An annual report compiled by independent research firm Kairos Future studied nine countries and
more than 4500 homeowners, 540 of whom were Australians. At a glance, green spaces topped the list
of aspects worth paying for, with 65 per cent of Australians willing to pay more for a property located
close to one. Provision and quality of green spaces also influences choice of city for those migrating,
not to mention the fact that those who have access to parks are more likely to exercise, socialise and
have lower stress levels.
Recognising this has seen us getting creative and changing up the traditional model of a green space.
Many cities across the world are now experimenting with innovative ways to combat urbanisation.
Take Milan, for example, which by 2015 will have its Bosco Verticale – two towers with a 10,000sqm
urban forest featuring 900 trees of all sizes, growing vertically against the height of the building surface.
In Australia, we’re also going green, in particular with our roofs. The in-development East Village
Victoria Park includes Sky Park, a green roof sitting 18m above ground level, and boasting shade booths,
barbecue areas and a communal vegetable garden.
One thing is abundantly clear for 2013: whether you’re a casual gardener or born with a green thumb,
you’ll enjoy time cultivating your own yard or recuperating in the broader community gardens and
parks. So get out there for that Sunday stroll.
Jessica Rule | Editor
ON THE COVER
This low-maintenance, architectural garden
by OFTB Landscape Architecture in Ivanhoe,
Victoria, is a bold and adventurous minimalist
project with strongly defined shapes and
elements that bring it to life. See more on p56.
Photography Dean Bradley
“Green spaces top the list of aspects worth paying
for, with 65 per cent of Australians willing to pay
more for a property located close to one.”
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