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Garden Inspiration from Australian photographer Claire Takacs


Are you looking for some landscaping inspiration for your newly completed renovation?

Sometimes, after the renovation is complete, your inspiration is also spent, so it’s great to know there are some amazing landscaping books out there to fall back on.

We’ve recently featured Paul Bangay  and just came across another beautiful, inspiring landscape book by Australian photographer Claire Takacs.

Claire has recently released Australian Dreamscapes.



In this beautiful, hard cover book, Claire profiles Australian gardens, gardeners and garden designers who are drawing on the international movement towards a more naturalistic approach to planting design and exploring a more naturalistic approach to planting.

The gardens are highly biodiverse, densely planted and aesthetically driven. While showing sensitivity to their surrounding landscape, importantly, they are not excessive in their use of resources, especially water. Similar to the New Perennial movement and Prairie-style, these gardens take into consideration how plants grow in the wild and have created highly textural, visually pleasing gardens that appeal not only to our love of beauty, but that sit gently in their surrounding landscapes, giving a strong sense of place.

Across 15 chapters and 22 gardens, Claire’s stunning photography is accompanied by essays written by the garden owners or designers. The chapters detail the journey to establishing the gardens, their motivation, and the struggles and rewards the gardens bring day in, day out.

Australian Dreamscapes is a stunning journey through the diversity of gardens in Australia and fantastic inspiration for anyone looking to create an authentic Aussie garden.

Claire says;

“My passion for photographing gardens stems from an instinctive love of beauty, landscape and the natural world. As a photographer driven by light, I see infinite beauty and value in gardens. From the northern climes of the Pacific North West to the deep south of Tasmania, I am inspired endlessly to seek out and share the genius and magic of gardeners as they work with plants to create their private and sometimes public paradises.”

claire TakacsABOUT CLAIRE

Claire Takacs loves to travel, capturing beauty & inspiration in gardens & landscapes. Her work is published in magazines & books internationally particularly while working with light. She sees gardens often as works of art and believes in their ever increasing importance in our daily lives. Her work is widely published in magazines internationally, including Gardens Illustrated,  Garden DesignHouse & GardenCountry Style and Morning Calm.

She has contributed to several books. She won the Inaugural International Garden Photographer of the Year Award in 2008 and each year continues to be recognised in the industry for her work. Her first book Dreamscapes was published in 2017.

You can find Claire  at For more information on where to purchase her book visit the publisher Hardie Grant.

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