Influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in the coastal neighbourhood and overseas. Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well!
A bench is a great entry-level piece of furniture to build. It's useful and not as difficult to make as a chair. You can easily build a plank-seat bench, like one of the wonderful designs Joel showed us in Tools & Craft; you could upholster it if you've g