Cultured Stone cladding used in Bushfire-resilient landscape garden

In a design inspired by Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian, a student entry at this year’s Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) has incorporated Boral Cultured Stone® cladding as a key design element.

One of four emerging garden designers chosen to participate in the Landscaping Victoria competition, Peta Donaldson of Mount Martha, Victoria, used Cultured Stone in Country Ledgestone Aspen to add dimension to her grid garden design.

Sponsored by the Country Fire Authority (CFA), each entry in the competition had to create a garden that incorporated bushfire management in the design.

Donaldson’s garden featured a wall of Boral Cultured Stone, decorated with vertical gardens, at the rear of the garden, offering another textural element whilst providing protection against the elements.

“To meet the CFA’s principles of design for the suburban garden, I used separation and layering within the garden with different materials such as low vegetation, inflammable mulch, pavers, lawn, water, concrete and stone,” said Donaldson.

“When I design a garden I want to provide people with a love (or renewed love) for their own space, to invigorate them and make them yearn to be outside. Boral Cultured Stone is realistic in shape, texture and colour and provides garden designers with solutions for unique, visual displays. The wall was built using fire retardant blueboard then clad in Cultured Stone. I feel it gives the garden interest and definition. I did a lot of research on stone cladding and in my opinion Boral’s offering is the most realistic on the market.”

Boral Cultured Stone cladding has been cleverly engineered to look like traditional stone and is an affordable and adaptable manufactured stone product for internal and external projects.

Watch a video of the construction

MIFGS 2013 Resilience. Landscaping for Bushfire. A Suburban Garden. on Vimeo.

Note: Boral recommends the use of expanded metal mesh when installing Cultured Stone on lightweight materials. It is not recommended for use where it is in constant contact with water.

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