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Naturalistic gardens fit right in. They look as though they’ve always been there – effortless and enchanting. Naturescapes shows how to plan, design and build a stunning green space that treads lightly on the earth.

Landscape design expert Phillip Withers and habitat expert AB Bishop join forces to share their wealth of experiences in how to create stunning Australian gardens that support the local environment.

Naturalistic gardens help plants, creatures and people thrive. This book shows how to take inspiration from your favourite natural areas and create your own outdoor wonderland.

With detailed advice on how to approach:

  • Plant selection
  • Hard landscaping
  • Soil basics and maintenance
  • Purposeful zoning
  • Paths and driveways
  • Edging
  • Habitat for wildlife
  • Microclimates

Naturescapes highlights and celebrates the great possibilities for gardens in Australia.

About the author

Phillip Withers is the director of the Melbourne based landscape architecture and horticulture studio with a respect for and celebration of nature. Phillip Withers has led the team to a series of Melbourne International Flower and Garden Shows, winning the city of Melbourne best in show in 2017. They have been invited to design gardens such as the Australian Garden Show, the Beijing landscape conference and the 10th China Flower Expo. Here they were awarded one of three master garden awards.
With a background in art and sustainability, Phillip brings a rich understanding of key design principles while utilising practical solutions for energy efficiency and considering the garden as a system. Phillip's gardens feature both natural and curated architectural elements and a strong focus on divine and sensory plant selection.

AB Bishop is a horticulturist, writer, and conservationist. She lives with her partner, Ray, in an environmental living zone where fauna and flora are protected. AB believes that gardens should be built as much for supporting wildlife as for our own enjoyment. She is the horticultural editor of Gardening Australia magazine, a host on Melbourne's 3CR Community Radio gardening program, and a regular presenter on ABC Sydney's gardening show with Simon Marnie.
AB co-authored The Waterwise Australian Native Garden with Angus Stewart. AB's book, Habitat: A practical guide to creating a wildlife-friendly Australian garden, was Australia's bestselling gardening book for 2018.

Phillip Withers, AB Bishop
Published July 2023
176 pages
223mm x 264cm
ISBN 9781760762186

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