FORD, GORDON

FORD, GORDON – The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

The design concept of the bush garden was developed following that of the natural garden. A formal garden based on geometric principles could never be the base for a bush garden in either a philosophic or a physical sense. The bush garden is idealised bush, an aromatic and visual artifice evoking a love of the real bush. The bush garden deals mainly with mass ? vegetation arranged to simulate the bush. It is possible if space permits to incorporate a void ? a clearing or glad or perhaps an open space in the mulch planted with native grasses could never be the base for a bush garden in either a philosophic or a physical sense. The bush garden is idealised bush, an aromatic and visual artifice.

FORD, GORDON - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

FORD, GORDON

There was nothing jingoistic about our fascination for Australian design, appropriate to climate and topography, or indigenous plants, which flourished in the relatively dry conditions.

FORD, GORDON

FORD, GORDON

The flora, fauna and landscaping of a nation contributes to the identification of a national soul.

FORD, GORDON

FORD, GORDON

For me, the act of designing and constructing a bush garden is a prose lytic exercise. Such a garden encourages awareness, in a micro way, of the macro environment in which we live.

FORD, GORDON

FORD, GORDON

The Australian continent is rich with indigenous flora whose power transcends any sense of jingoism.

FORD, GORDON