GOLDEN HOUR Take a peek at one of the beautiful gardens featured in Claire Takacs’s new book, Dreamscapes
Renowned garden photographer Claire Takacs has travelled the world over for her new book, Dreamscapes, showcasing nature at its best. Here, she shares her journey through a magical Tasmanian landscape
Jodi Broomby’s garden, tucked away in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, really blew me away when, with Sally Johannsohn who introduced me, I first saw it on a hot summer’s day in 2016. It’s such a brilliant combination when an avid plant lover and grower combines this passion with her artistic side. With Jodi’s use of colour and inspiring planting combinations, her garden, which wraps around her house and adjacent nursery – also called Golden Hills – exudes energy and creativity. She explained that when she saw influential Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf ’s work, ‘she was in love’. Jodi has taken the naturalistic style of gardening championed by Oudolf, a leading figure of the New Perennial movement, and run with it in her own unique way. I have seen many gardens with this feel and style internationally, but very few in Australia, which is why it’s wonderful to see Jodi experimenting with and interpreting these ideas and creating a garden that feels a little wilder and closer to nature here. In any pocket of the garden, you’ll fifind a mix of herbs, grasses and flflowers, from roses to rare perennials, as well as drought-resistant varieties, built up in layers from smaller plants to larger shrubs. I hope we see more of this style of planting in Australia in future.
It’s a garden of great passion and you can feel this when you’re there. My favourite part of the garden this visit was at the front, where a narrow path leads through a stunning planting combination that was backlit by the setting sun to highlight Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’, Macleaya cordata, Echinops bannaticus, Achillea millefolium ‘Cerise Queen’ and Anthemis tinctoria ‘Kelwayi Yellow’.
This garden is just a small part of a much larger property, Jodi’s family’s dairy farm. When she’s not milking the cows, she is in the beds or in the propagation tunnel where she raises dozens of seedlings and cuttings to sell through her specialist nursery, which offers a large range of perennials to Tasmanian gardeners.
This is an edited extract from Dreamscapes with words and photography by Claire Takacs ($70, Hardie Grant Books), available nationally.