An award-winning garden called Daisy Patch flourishes in an arid corner of South Australia.

Story By Gretel Sneath

A stroll around John and Julie Barrie’s garden, Daisy Patch, feels like a guided bushwalk across the vast Australian outback. The dramatic landscapes of Kalbarri, Kalgoorlie, the Gawler Ranges and the Hay Plains have been brought to life in all their arid glory in South Australia’s Upper South East, using more than 1500 species of native plants. Each has been specially selected for its drought pedigree. “I’m not really interested in anything from up the eastern coast above Melbourne or across the top from Cairns to Broome; trying to grow plants that need summer moisture is not very sustainable in these parts,” John says.

This story excerpt is from Issue #93

Outback Magazine: Feb/Mar 2014