Kate & Kendall Monk, Kyneton

2/79 Wedge St. Kyneton (2018)

Open Date
10-11 Nov. 2018
Garden Entry

Note: This garden was opened in 2018

The Aperture Garden is a bold and expressive example of how landscape architectural design principles can be successfully applied to residential spaces. Not yet a year old, what this garden lacks in mature established plantings it makes up for in its artful and creative division of space, using striking colours, strong forms & a palette of materials that reference natural landscapes, both local & abroad.

An average quarter acre block on a quiet street in Kyneton, 18 months ago this garden was tabular rasa – a blank slate, with little of value worth retaining. It was a true and rare opportunity for the landscape architects to create something completely new and personal for their clients. Personal on many levels, because the clients were asking their son and daughter-in-law (founders of Melbourne-based design practice, Kimira Studio) to design them a brand new garden that they could nurture into maturity.

The design was discovered by the architect’s interpretation of the overlapping areas of generative exploration, conceptual framework & functional brief. The process involved diving deep into the client’s personality to gain an understanding of who they are as people; what they love, how they connect to the natural environment, and what they need from their outdoor spaces. All this information is collated, analysed, interpreted – it becomes the map for the designers to follow and prevents them getting stuck on any preconceived ideas or getting waylaid by trends or fashions.

The garden is a series of connected spaces that are experienced either as the observer of a scene looking through an aperture, or as a participant in the scene itself. But there is also a sense of something beyond; once you are in a scene, another is revealed. You can set out to explore, pulled by a desire to discover.

To move through the garden is a journey through distinct yet intrinsically connected spaces and visual elements. Each visitor to the Aperture Garden will have their own unique interpretation of the spaces which is as it should be, as gardens are stages that play host to the creation of memories and are constantly changing and evolving with the passing of the seasons.

During Garden DesignFest visitors will have the unique opportunity to see 3D visualisations of the mature garden.