AGSS Designers: Brent Reid, Penny Hand & Kate Low

The next two landscapes from the Australian Garden Show Sydney in ‘The Inspirational Gardens’ section are both Bronze winners: Brent Reid’s CACHE, and THE LEARNING GARDEN, a design collaboration led by Penny Hand and Kate Low for Northern Sydney Institute, Ryde Campus, NSW TAFE.


Constructed by Semken Landscaping, and designed by Brent Reid from Candeo Design  CACHE was a relaxed garden with an open arbour delineating the terrace.

Willy Wildlife‘s snail came all the way from Melbourne for the event then tried to hide amongst the plantings. We could still see him though.

A hedge of lush, deep green Elaeocarpus eumundii snugly embraced the terrace, while five Brachychiton acerifolius provided highlights in the backdrop.

Northern Sydney Institute (Ryde)


Great to see this collaboration resulting in such an appealing and interesting garden.

Construction: Dave Walker, Dave Cornell and full-time Certificate 3 Landscape Construction Students 2014.

Designers Kate Low and Penny Hand quote Gertude Jekyll:

“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”

Kate and Penny describe this garden as a learning journey, sometimes a smooth and direct path, along which you pick up skills or knowledge; and at other times it’s more convoluted.  They suggest the way through could be straight up the grass incline to the end point, or alternately meandering through the grid.

The Horticulture Facility at Ryde Campus embraces design, environmental management, construction, urban horticulture, arboriculture, turf and plant propagation in the quest for sustainable gardens that are beautiful, but not costing the earth.

Four more designs still to come… keep an eye on your inbox!

bigger logo


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s