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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

- WORDS & PHOTOGRAPH­Y CLAIRE TAKACS

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.

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 ??  ?? This is an edited extract from Dreamscape­s with words and photograph­y by Claire Takacs ($70, Hardie Grant Books), available nationally.
This is an edited extract from Dreamscape­s with words and photograph­y by Claire Takacs ($70, Hardie Grant Books), available nationally.

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