Sabrina Hahn teamed up with good friend and landscape architect Tinka Sack, to design a gold medal winning garden for Creation Landscape Supplies as part of the 2016 Perth Garden Festival.
This garden takes on the challenges of climate change and celebrates simple but robust techniques for creating sustainable and long-lasting gardens that rejoice in everything that says Western Australia.
The garden is tough yet beautiful with elements that draw the visitor to reflect on the beauty and simplicity of nature. It reveals the many colours and textures of Western Australia and celebrates in our love being in the great outdoors. The natural elements of stone, steel, gravel and plants make the garden seem timeless.
Gardens must be more than just plants arranged in a certain order, they must evoke a sense of place and provide a habitat for all the species that live in that space. Creating habitat gardens in urban spaces is vital in keeping our cities alive.
Most people are time poor and need a garden that is not a burden and fits within environmental conditions. We are experiencing higher temperatures, and water usage is an important factor in designing a gardens for the future.
Not only is the space for gardens limited too much smaller areas, peoples budgets are also limited. For this reason it was important for us to design a garden that people could actually do themselves with a bit of hard work and creativity.
The skeleton of the garden is an urban forest created by mass planting the stunning WA dwarf ghost gum Eucalyptus victrix. The corteen steel separates the different textures found in the Kimberley, Pilbara and Southwest and allowed us to develop different levels throughout the garden.
The gabion walls are both architectural and practical, filled with Western Australian river stones that doubles as a bench seat. The plant filled gabion and giant pots allows us to showcase Australian plants and adds a focal point for the entry into the garden.