The past two years have been tough for many Victorians, and dwelling in natural environments such
as urban parks, the bush and home gardens has been a vital way to relieve stress. Gardens are often
portrayed as healing and calming spaces that provide an escape from our worries, but they can also
be positive, energised spaces that remind us of the resilience and agency of the living world. In
celebration of this vitality, I wanted to design a garden that hummed with colour, sensory and textural
interest; an inviting space that would attract visitors, insects and birds alike! The title, ‘A Place for Us’,
refers to the open nature of the garden space; it accepts and welcomes all into a space of renewed
hope for the future.