Edna Walling grew up in Devonshire England, but was destined for renown as a landscape architect in a very different landscape and climate from her native home.
Her family migrated to New Zealand when she was fourteen and three years later to Australia.
Following the tradition of Gertrude Jekyll who was influenced by the design philosophies or the Arts and Crafts Movement, Walling sought to unify the garden with architecture.
Her design approach is said to be based a set of design ethics;
* Work with existing landscapes and existing features such as slopes, rocks and trees
* Begin by sculpting the surface of the land, preferably not levelling it
* Create a unity between the house and garden
* Use architectural principles to structure the garden and soften with dense planting
* Individually design for each house and garden and the needs of the client
* Keep garden maintenance to a minimum
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Source: Garden at MAWARRA http://www.geocities.com/harridan99/hols/edna-walling-mawarrapics.htm