Like many of us, landscape designer Myles Baldwin dreams of living in the country one day. For Rural Australian Gardens, he travels from subtropical and temperate to alpine and arid regions around the country to find the best and most unusual gardens.
From newly established gardens to those that have evolved over generations, he discovers that Australians' approach to their properties is as diverse and unexpected as the landscape itself – and that resourcefulness and a sense of place are essential ingredients in creating the most successful of them.
As well as revealing the stories behind the gardens, Rural Australian Gardens also includes practical horticultural information on using trees, hedges, shrubs, perennials and groundcovers in rural settings around Australia.
Myles Baldwin, one of Australia's leading landscape designers, trained at Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens and Government House. In 1999, he was awarded a Director’s Medal for services to the Botanic Gardens, and took on the role as head gardener at Bronte House in 2000. He also started Myles Baldwin Design and Designer Gardens, a design studio and landscaping company. In 2009, Myles was named, in the environmental category, in an Australia-wide poll as one of the nation's 'Top 100 Young Leaders'. He is a regular guest at garden shows, a popular speaker on the subject of garden design and a contributor to the garden media.