Garden guru Richard Unsworth keeps on growing
The tree of life is abundant and thriving in this gardener’s world
Life and work is blooming for Richard Unsworth, who is one half of the awardwinning garden design, supply and installation business, Garden Life in St Peters.s. With more than 20 years in the gardening game, the landscape designer, who is from Yorkshire in the UK, came to these shores in 1992, and hasn’t looked back.
“I certainly class myself as an Australian,” he says. “It’s my home, and the relos have finally stopped asking if I am coming back.”
Luckily, there is plenty of room for the family to visit Richard instead. Richard and his partner Greg lovingly renovated a Paddington terrace about six years ago. They y bought the terrace in a half-renovated condition, undeterred by the work that wouldd have to go into finishing the job.
“It looked like the people who had it beforere us started renovating, then decided not to finish it,” he says. “There were no windows and doors upstairs, but it had a brand new kitchen and great new bathroom.
“We were happy to buy the placece and finish it. We wanted to stay in Paddington,n, we adore it here, and this was a good od buy. Plus, we have two spare roomss for the relatives when they visit us.”
Richard has kept the colour palette ette quite neutral, allowing the art, plants andd accessories to complement the old terrace.
“We wanted a neutral look so you ou can drop anything in there and it would work,”k,” he says. “I am big fan of mixing vintage withh contemporary furniture.”
The terrace is also fitted with interesting teresting finds from Morocco to Sri Lanka andnd Turkey, among others, where Richard travelsels to source product for his store.
John Coburn tapestry The tree of life works for me on a few different levels. It’s about feeling fulfilled and being grateful for everything that is provided.
Elephant I bought this at a flea market when I was s about 13. I have always had a fascination for elephants. I went nt to Botswana this year and saw them in their natural habitat.
Victorinox knife I don’t have loads of good knives, but I have one that I treasure. I like to use this knife when I am prepping dinner.
Kalanchoe beharensis leaf This is basically my favourite plant, and I have one in my front garden. It has such lovely form but it’s quite tough.
Chopping board This board reminds me of a field of corn crop rows. I love to have beautiful things around me when I am in the kitchen. My other passion is definitely food.
SecateursSecate This is my favourite pair. They’re nicely crafted and I like that they have used wood in the handles. They’re warm and comfortable to use.
Serving bowl I found this in Marrakesh and brought it back for the store. It reminds me of my time there and of something handmade in a simple way.
Cornersmith book I love Cornersmith, they have a couple of cafes and they make real, good food. They are ensuring the next generation knows how to make stuff.
Bookends These beautiful bookends are by local Sydney designer Henry Wilson. They’re so modern, but they are also a nice and heavy object.