20th March - 24th March 2024


Outback Shinrin-roku – Laura Van Wensveen - STAND A48i

– Japanese culture holds nature with high respect, and gardens are often designed to capture the essence of the natural world we live in. Japanese design principles
demonstrate a restrained approach, using contrasts of form, colour and texture to create a soothing and reflective space.

– ‘Outback Shinrin-yoku’ uses these design principles with an achievable and sustainable approach, implementing native plants, natural pathways, recycled timber, and a
repurposed wagon wheel as a water feature. This design is simple and practical, using local materials and low maintenance plants that thrive in our temperate climate.

– I was inspired by the Japanese garden my parents designed and made when I was young. It was intimate and calming, and I fondly remember the sensations of moss under
my fingertips, pebbles under my feet and the sounds of flowing water and knocking frogs in my ears.

The advanced trees in this design were sourced from Speciality Trees and Mt Williams Advanced Trees, and the plant stock from Yarra View Bushland Flora and Mt Pleasant
Nursery. Bayside Timber and Truss supplied the timber, and Stone Slate Discounts provided the stepping stones. I want to thank these sponsors for helping this design come to


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