David Hancocks

I am impressed that the Monthly was able to locate photos of the Australian Garden at Cranbourne unmarred by the presence of tacky plastic labels (‘Work of Wonder’, February). It is a worthy candidate for the world’s finest modern garden design, but the Garden’s administrators have clumsily and unthinkingly scattered a vast number of labels of inferior quality across it. These jar the eye and spoil the design. To add practical insult to aesthetic injury, the labels are not even functional, usually with text too small and distant to read, and decorated with pictographs that probably even Barry Jones couldn’t decode. Taylor Cullity Lethlean have proven their exquisite design skills. The Botanic Gardens would be wise to seek their advice on this labelling mess.

David Hancocks
Carlton VIC