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Clivia - Clive of India. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook

Clivia – Clive of India

Clivias are wonderful, almost unkillable plants, which brighten the garden during late winter and early spring. With clusters of vibrant yellow throated, orange or salmon trumpet flowers, they are held on stalks above a clump of dark green strap-like leaves. Planted in groups en masse, in a shady position beneath a tree or on the […]

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Cosh Living Beanbag. Ian Barker Gardens - Garden Notebook

Cosh Living Bean Bags

The sun is out and that means we are too! And what better way to soak up the rays than lounging on an outdoor bean bag. Our good friends at Cosh Living offer a great range of bags that are sure to tickle your fancy. It was a close call amongst our team in the […]

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Thomas Hoblyn - International Garden Designer. Inspiration to Ian Barker Gardens, garden design

Thomas Hoblyn – International Garden Designer

Ian first came across English landscape designer Thomas Hoblyn at the Chelsea Flower Show back in 2011. As luck would have it, Ian and Tom were site neighbours, and after hearing that Ian’s plants were damaged in transport from Rome to London Tom came to the rescue, generously donating some of the most beautiful Iris […]

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Urquijo and Kastner International Garden Designers. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook Edition 18

Miguel Urquijo and Renate Kastner – International Garden Designers

“A good garden cannot be made by someone who does not know and love growing things,” says Spanish landscape designer Miguel Urquijo, “we just try to replicate the forms, shapes, mood and manners of nature.”  We’re embarrassed to admit that we didn’t know of Miguel until he presented at this year’s Australian Landscape Conference. Realising […]

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Outdoor Lounge Modules by Royal Botania. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook.

Outdoor Lounge Modules by Royal Botania

Meandering through a garden is undoubtedly the perfect way to really experience and appreciate all it has to offer. As lovely as this is though, there comes a time when we start looking for a place to sit to soak it all in. The Zenhit range by designers at Royal Botania, offers refined outdoor living […]

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Royal Frost Birch. Ian Barker Gardens. Garden Notebook. Garden design

Royal Frost Birch

Loved for the dappled shade they cast, birch trees are a popular player in Australian gardens. A standout amongst mid-sized ornamental trees, Royal Frost is a true all seasons charmer. White barked with unique plum-purple foliage, the contrast is striking. As versatile as it is beautiful, Royal Frost is an elegant tree either planted in groups […]

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Himalayan Bistort (Persicaria Affinis)

Himalayan Bistort (Persicaria Affinis) is an evergreen, creeping, herbaceous perennial that has dense, dark green, elliptic leaves with a waxy top side and paler undersides. It produces erect, cylindrical spikes of densely crowded, small pale pink flowers that turn to deeper reds over time. Flowering from midsummer through to autumn. Popular in garden landscapes as […]

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John Books International Garden Designer. Inspiration to Ian Barker Gardens

John Brookes – International Garden Designer

“No other garden design book has influenced my work more” – Ian Barker. Recently passing, we’d like to recognise and acknowledge the incredible contribution that John Brookes made to landscape design. Born in the United Kingdom in 1933, John started designing gardens and landscapes in the late 1950’s, designing thousands of gardens throughout his life. […]

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Missoni Throw Rug

For those desperate to be outside after a long bleak winter, we’ve found a range of luxurious throw rugs that are perfect for those cooler spring evenings. Woven from a blend of cashmere and fine wool, Missoni have an impeccable selection that will complement any outdoor setting. Our favourite here in the office is the […]

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James Corner – International Garden Designer

Responsible for projects such as New York’s famous “Meadow in the Sky”, James Corner is a well known UK landscape designer who draws great interest worldwide. “Meadow in the Sky” is a 6,000 square foot rooftop garden, located on top of a seventeen story apartment in Brooklyn. James’ brief was to fully utilise the prime […]

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