SALLY JO­HANNSOHN’S GARDEN

Country Style - - GARDEN DREAMSCAPES -

TAS­MAN INEIKA,NEIKA, TAS­MA­NIA The garden of Sally Jo­hannsohn and her hus­band, writer An­drew Darby, on the side of Mount Welling­ton is one of my favourite gar­dens in Aus­tralia. It’s hard to be­lieve she is only 15 min­utes out­side Ho­bart, as the garden feels like a world unto it­self. It has an en­vi­able settt­ting, with views across one side of the moun­tain to­wards the dis­tant D’en­tre­casteaux Chan­nel and a stun­ning lake with a back­drop of eu­ca­lyp­tus at an­other end. It is Sally’s cre­ative and clever plant­ing with in­ter­est­ing plants, how­ever, that makes this garden stand out. Sally is a plant hunter and has im­ported many ex­otic species, which she grows for her on-site nurs­ery, also called Plant Hun­ters. Here she spe­cialises in unusual cool-cli­mate peren­ni­als from Asia, the North Amer­i­can wood­lands and Europe. Ev­ery year Sally trav­els to an­other part of the world, ex­plor­ing and spend­ing time learn­ing and work­ing in great gar­dens, such as Chan­ti­cleer in Philadel­phia. She also spends time hunt­ing and ob­serv­ing plants in the wild. Sally is in­spired by the plant­ing she sees in­ter­na­tion­ally with the New Peren­nial move­ment, but in her own garden she ex­per­i­ments with plants difff­fer­ent from those nor­mally used in such a style. Her garden seems to have re­ally settt­tled and is thriv­ing with this more nat­u­ral­is­tic style of plant­ing. I ad­mire how Sally is in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous with the knowl­edge she has ac­crued and you can now see her in­flu­ence trick­ling down into other Tas­ma­nian gar­dens. Sally draws on her train­ing as a florist to in­cor­po­rate colours and tex­tures in the plant­ings. An­other ma­jor fea­ture is her re­peated use of curves through­out the garden, in­clud­ing in stone walls and benches. This re­flects the am­phithe­atre na­ture of the moun­tains and val­leys sur­round­ing the prop­erty. Sally’s garden is sea­sonal, with in­ter­est con­tin­u­ing through­out the year. I par­tic­u­larly loved pho­tograph­ing this garden in the mist. I felt the con­di­tions per­fectly suited the magic of this great garden. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit plan­thunters.com.au

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