NPP: What are some tips you’d give to someone wanting to start their own native plant project with an established garden or new space?
BR: Just do it, try some things out, and quick quickly you might find the natives become your favourite plants within the space. Things might fail and some will work better than others but that’s what a garden should be, it should be a testing ground for ideas and somewhere to develop your own garden style. There are so many natives that will work in every garden so you just need to give some that suit the feel a go.
NPP: Where do you get your design inspiration from?
BR: I get a lot of my personal inspiration from overseas. The gardens of Bernard Trainor and Andrea Cochran are two of my favorites. And although they don’t use Australian natives, I feel their styles our mine are aligned. And I also enjoy seeing what Philip Withers is doing in the Australian garden design space. He’s making natives cool again and getting a wide variety of species into his designs. It’s great to see.