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"The Australian continent is rich with indigenous flora whose power transcends any sense of jingoism. "

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"For me, the act of designing and constructing a bush garden is a prose lytic exercise. Such a garden encourages awareness, in a micro way, of the macro environment in which we live. "

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"The bush garden is idealised bush, an aromatic and visual artifice evoking a love of the real bush. "

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

"I believe that gardens offer us something beyond the material world. They provide a spiritual component allowing us to participate in the wonder and mystery of creation."

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

"A well-designed bush garden is timeless - a garden for today and a garden for tomorrow. A garden with a sense of region, a sense of place. "

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

"The flora, fauna and landscaping of a nation contributes to the identification of a national soul. "

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"I can see that the changes that occurred in our garden were a microcosm of changes taking place in the gardening world...The establishment of an exclusively bush garden was a consciously constructed new 'place'... "

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

"There was nothing jingoistic about our fascination for Australian design, appropriate to climate and topography, or indigenous plants, which flourished in the relatively dry conditions."

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"We must feel part of the land we walk on and love the plants that grow there... if we are to achieve a spirit in a garden. "

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford

"The design concept of the bush garden was developed following that of the natural garden. A formal garden based on geometric principles could never be the base for a bush garden in either a philosophic or a physical sense. The bush garden is idealised bush, an aromatic and visual artifice evoking a love of the real bush. The bush garden deals mainly with mass ? vegetation arranged to simulate the bush. It is possible if space permits to incorporate a void ? a clearing or glad or perhaps an open space in the mulch planted with native grasses could never be the base for a bush garden in either a philosophic or a physical sense. The bush garden is idealised bush, an aromatic and visual artifice."

GORDON, FORD - The Natural Australian Garden, Gordon Ford and Gwen Ford