I'm going to share another of my favourite gardens...
This 'Nature Study' story is from Inside Out Jan/Feb 2005 edition, written by Brendan Moar and photographed by Michael Wee. It's the story of Jane Burke's dream to revegetate her seaside Victorian property and you can read many of the snippets from the original pages...to me, the images say it all.
Ten years after purchasing it the Burke's decided to make it their permanent home and Jane started looking at the garden. She assumed the mass of tea-trees on the site had been there forever but soon came to realise they had invaded the area due to past land use. Sadly, much of the original vegetation was lost due to clear felling to supply Melbourne's fireplaces and from lime mining.
In Jane's determination to revegetate the land she enrolled in a science degree at Melbourne University, qualifying as a botanist in order to gain the knowledge needed to undertake such a project - she needed to find this information herself as back in the early 1990's the indigenous horticulture movement was virtually nonexistent.
This story strikes a chord with me because it shows what you can do if you have a vision and a lot of determination. I love the garden because of the fact that it was brought back to what the landscape should have been before being stripped bare and that man-made additions such as the house, decks and pathways all integrate beautifully.