TDF Talks With Landscape Designer Paul Bangay

It’s Thursday and in TDF-land, that’s podcast time!

In our latest episode, we sit down with one of Australia’s most revered and celebrated landscapes designers, Paul Bangay.

This Medal of the Order of Australia recipient reflects on his career, the mentors who have inspired him and his new book, Small Garden Design.

Lucy Feagins

Paul Bangay’s stunning property Stonefields, in Victoria. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Small Garden Design is Paul’s latest book, published by Penguin and out next month!

Various alcoves and contained spaces make up the larger scale garden and property at Stonefields. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

The epic water feature at Stonefields. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

The 100-acre property is located in Denver, just north-east of Daylesford. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Paul designed both the exquisite gardens and home himself. Photo – Caitlin Mills for The Design Files.

Lucy Feagins
21st of March 2019

For 25 years, Paul Bangay has created the most incredible, elegant and timeless gardens across Australia and the world!

Inspired by his mum, who was a passionate gardener, Paul studied horticulture at the University of Melbourne Burnley campus. After completing his studies, he opened his own small nursery in Hawksburn in Melbourne. Without any real business plan or strategy, that first business has evolved over the years into an award-winning design studio, which now employees a small team of designers and support staff in Melbourne.

Over the course of his career, Paul has also authored 10 books, the latest of which is out next month! Entitled Small Garden Design it provides a dense resource for anyone looking to create a green oasis in a tiny outdoor space or even on a balcony.

I sat down with Paul in his studio in Cremorne, Melbourne, where we discussed his incredibly successful career, the mentors who have inspired him along the way, the creation of his own impossibly beautiful garden at Stonefields, and his new book.

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Notes + Links

Find more information and projects by Paul Bangay on his website and Instagram.

Paul kindly offered to be our guide, and disclosed his top spots when we ran a travel feature on Daylesford.

We also had the chance to visit his incredible Stonefields garden!

The landscape designer’s most-clicked website this week is that of British landscape designer, horticulturalist, writer and gardener Dan Pearson Studio.

Paul shared his favourite gardens: Sissinghurst Garden, Gravetye Manor, and Endsleigh Gardens, and Folly Farm.

This is our 24th podcast episode – catch up on past episodes here!

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