The Queensland garden

While gardens, like the furnishings and houses, developed in response to international, regional or local trends, Queenslander Houses influenced the evolution of associated garden.

The open design of the Queenslander, including open windows and doors, provided easy access for flying insects and animal pests. To reduce the numbers of these creatures, trees and brushwood were cleared from the land.

The replacement gardens were strongly influenced by English fashions and writings. Nevertheless imported styles were modified to Australian conditions and available plants. The tropical Queensland climate posed a challenge to gardeners trying to grow popular temperate plants. The early landscape of Brisbane and most of the coastal towns did not have the leafy green character that now characterise Queensland gardens.

Queensland gardens have exhibited a number of styles, such as: 

  • the Geometric or Squared Style 
  • the Picturesque Style 
  • the Gardenesque Style 
  • the Federation Style 
  • the Bungalow Style 
  • the Mediterranean Style 
  • the Bush Garden.

The most significant alteration to our garden traditions and design has been the change that has come with the modern lifestyles – that is, the use of the garden as part of the everyday living space.

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