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Two thousand thirteen was a hell of a year and I am so grateful for all the experiences I’ve had. There were some tough moments, some things I reluctantly had to give up, but I also managed to kick a lot of crap to the side and start doing what I really wanted to do, make a career out of my love of plants.

During the past year I travelled to New Zealand, Japan, France, Italy, the US and some places closer to home. To those I travelled with and others that I met along the way, thank you for making it all so incredibly fun. It’s also been a pleasure to return to Sydney after all of this to the birth of my brother’s first child and the sun and glow of family and friends and this amazing city.

I started this blog a little over a year ago and it’s been very gratifying to watch the number of readers grow and to get such nice feedback from you all. Thank you for reading!! Here is the first of a few posts looking back at the year that was.

In January we talked architectural, gardening and design greats Ricardo Bofill, Monty Don, Raf Simons and Stella McCartney, and explored decaying flowers, New York rooftops and some plant based gift ideas.

Ricardo BofillBilly KiddIn February we followed The Little Flower School‘s visit to Australia, enjoyed the beauty of Zippy Seven and Kate Moss, and appreciated and then received a lovely fiddle leaf fig. We explored the Japanese art of kokedama floating gardens, I had my mind blown by nature documentary Microcosmos and happily discovered cabin porn.

Kate MossFloating GardenBeaver BrookIn March I commissioned Lucy Allen to create some quirky images, visited the IS./WET exhibition, followed Lisa and Neil’s South African adventures, explored Madison Cox’s Tangiers retreat, took a look into some of Sydney’s kitchen gardens and a peek into the backyard of some friends in Redfern, found some dreamy images from Old Chum, got excited about new Sydney flower delivery business Little Flowers, and last but not least, discovered the incredible floral artist Makoto Azuma.

img_2363Lisa & NeilJardin des FleursThe rest of the year will follow shortly!

Image 1: Ricardo Bofill, image 2 Billy Kidd, image 3: Tim Walker, image 4: String Gardens, image 5: Beaver Brook, image 6: Lucy Allen, image 7: Neil Francis Dawson, image 8: Shunsuke Shiinoki.

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Westerpark is one of my favourite parks in one of my favourite cities, Amsterdam. I spent an incredibly memorable spring day there with friends Loulou and Jacob back in 2009.

WesterparkWesterparkWesterparkWesterparkPhotos one, two, four & five by Louise Tran, photo three by Jacob Hunt.

While we’re in the city, this Amsterdam restaurant was recently brought to my attention by new work mate and former Dam local Richard.

De KasThe greenhouse where De Kas Restaurant is now situated was built in 1928. It was due to be demolished but head chef Gert Jan Hageman bought it from the council (for €1.00) and renovated it into the restaurant and garden it is today. The space is green, sunny and very inviting. In warmer months you can eat amongst the herbs and take tours and workshops in the garden.

De KasDe KasDe KasDe KasDe KasDe KasPhotos by Jet van Fastenhout for De Kas Restaurant.

Kitchen gardens are popping up all over Sydney. Here are two I have visited, but for a bigger list check out this SMH article.

Chiswick Restaurant is set in a surrounds of Chiswick Gardens, Woollahra and hosts a 150 square metre kitchen garden.

chiswick_day1_04031290IMG_1859IMG_1860Photograph one from Chiswick, photograph two and three by Sophia Kaplan.

The Grounds is a yummy cafe in an old warehouse in Alexandria and their garden is based on a sustainable permiculture approach. It also plays host to a brood of chickens and a newly acquired piglet.

KQD_TG-23The GroundsKQD_TG-3KQD_TG-25Photographs of The Grounds by Katie Quinn Davies from What Katie Ate.

http://www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au

http://www.groundsroasters.com

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