AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES BY CLAIRE TAKACS
Australian garden and landscape photographer, Claire Takacs, has released her second book AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES - THE ART OF PLANTING IN GARDENS INSPIRED BY NATURE. Published by Hardie Grant Books, this is Takacs’ second offering, following the original, DREAMSCAPES - INSPIRATION AND BEAUTY IN GARDENS NEAR AND FAR.
As an avid traveller, with photographs featured in magazines internationally, AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES brings Takacs, a Melbourne native, back home. With a total of 15 chapters and 22 gardens, AUSTRALIAN DREAMSCAPES features gardens from the likes of Michael McCoy, Sally Johannsohn, Simon Rickard, Carolyn Robinson, and Dan Thomas.
Takacs’ outstanding photography, accompanied with essays written by the gardeners and garden designers themselves, illustrates they all have something in common: their “…movement towards a more naturalistic approach to planting design. Similar to the New Perennial movement and Prairie-style, these gardens take into consideration how plants grow in the wild and have created highly textural, visually pleasing gardens that appeal not only to our love of beauty, but that sit gently in their surrounding landscapes, giving a strong sense of place.” A movement made popular by international gardeners of the moment, like Piet Oudolf and Fernando Martos, it has increasingly infiltrated the gardens of Australia, and it is wonderful to see such gardens chronicled in one, beautiful book.