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The Garden at Stonefields - Paul Bangay

The Garden at Stonefields

By: Paul Bangay, Simon Griffiths (Photographer)

Hardcover Published: 25th September 2013
ISBN: 9781920989637
Number Of Pages: 356

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'A truly great garden should enrich your soul, and those of many others - hopefully for generations to come.'

This is celebrated landscape designer Paul Bangay's inspirational story of creating Stonefields, one of Australia's most beautiful country gardens. The Garden at Stonefields reveals the triumphs and trials of designing and building this extraordinary house and garden, Paul's most challenging and personal project yet.

Photographed by Paul's long-time collaborator Simon Griffiths, the stunning photos reveal the evolution of the site from conception to completion, and capture the unique beauty of each area of the garden.

The book also features extracts from Paul's personal diary, an intimate and compelling account of dealing with drought, bushfires and the threat of mining in contemporary rural Australia.

About the Author

Paul Bangay is one of Australia's most high-profile landscape designers. His working life is divided between Australian and overseas commissions; his spare time is spent at Stonefields, the garden he is building in the country. Paul's influential previous books, The Defined Garden, The Boxed Garden, The Balanced Garden and The Enchanted Garden, continue to find new readers. In 2001 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian landscape design.

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Spectacular book


Fabulous images puts you in the garden



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Gorgeous Book for all Garden Lovers


I'm a fan of Paul Bangay and have all his books. This one is equal to all the other great ones he had produced. It is informative and educational as well as being a visual treat. it's cover is a clever blend of grand and understated, and would make a beautiful coffee table book for any decor. Thanks to Booktopia for making it good value too.

Adelaide, AU


The Garden at Stonefields

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Text taken from Chapter One, From St Ambrose Farm to Stonefields

In a reassuring twist of fate, my father discovered that my great great grandmother settled in Victoria at Spring Hill, on a farm bordered by Kangaroo Creek. As this creek is quite short, that would mean that the Denver property was very close to if not part of the same property my great great grandmother had once lived on. All the signs were indicating that it was the right move.

I promptly signed the contract, but a couple of hurdles were still to be overcome, one major one being that the vendor had not yet obtained a permit to erect a dwelling on the site. According to the way the land was zoned in the area, houses could only be built on properties of 50 acres or more, and my property was only 40 acres. I'm all in favour of this rule, designed to protect the rural nature of the area, which after all was the very reason I was moving there. It's the vendor's responsibility to obtain this permit, and he had employed a private town planner to do it. For the next three months there was a lot of toing and froing between the town planner and the Hepburn Shire Council. The other major hurdle was that my book about St Ambrose Farm, The Enchanted Garden, was not due to be published for another twelve months. I made the timing work in my favour: it would allow me a year to plan and obtain permits for the house before I could sell Woodend and start building at Denver. With all this in mind I negotiated a six-month settlement on the sale of Denver and started on my plans. It was the beginning of an important journey in my gardening life: the Denver property would gradually become Stonefields and Stonefields would become primarily about me and my personality. The garden and this book are all about my failures, my complexities, who I believe I should be and who I am not. Stonefields is a deeply personal garden.

I decided not to hire an architect for the house, instead opting for a construction firm that would document and construct. The house and garden would be in complete harmony. My first stage of planning was to run through the faults of St Ambrose Farm and make a list of what the new property needed:

  • more light coming in (no verandah to make the house dark) ceilings not so high better heating (open fires rather than enclosed fan-forced heaters) and better insulation a separate study for designing in peace and quiet a kitchen with stone rather than laminate benchtops a master bedroom with a separate dressing room and away from guest bedrooms flywire screens that slide away clear physical and visual links between house and garden.
  • clear physical and visual links between house and garden
    • water flow throughout the garden better drainage fewer garden rooms deeper garden beds services down the driveway rather than through the garden areas better, longer lasting garden edging better vermin control integration into the broader landscape.
  • ISBN: 9781920989637
    ISBN-10: 1920989633
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 356
    Published: 25th September 2013
    Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 33.9 x 26.6  x 3.3
    Weight (kg): 2.74
    Edition Number: 1

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