An Indoor Jungle from Down Under

An Indoor Jungle from Down Under

Kimber Watson
Nov 14, 2014

With an arctic blast quickly heading towards the East coast, I know my outdoor gardening days are limited. So begins the time of year where I turn my attention to my indoor garden, along with reveling in the inspiring gardens of others. If you're seeking a little indoor gardening motivation as well, let's linger in the indoor jungle of Mathieu Gallois, who hails from the land down under.

Located in a warehouse in Redfern, Sydney, Mathieu started his makeshift garden almost accidentally. Born out of the desire for more natural sunlight, Mathieu who is an architect, decided to install a few skylights. A few plants were added to the space, followed by a few more and then a few more (yup, I know this scenario all too well!). Many were salvaged from the street or random garden clippings until an indoor jungle started to flourish. Over the span of 17 years, this DIY garden has transformed his space.

A treehouse suspended from the roof was eventually added for extra room and a sleeping loft, which also became somewhat of a trellis for the plants. You'll find a fig tree, monstera, palm lily, devils ivy growing around a heart shaped wire frame, a worm composting bin, and even a disco ball! But what's super clever about Mathieu's space (or a travesty in the making for the uncoordinated)? DIY milk crate stairs that lead to the treehouse!

For more photographs of Mathieu's home, visit Plant/Life: Mathieu Gallois | The Planthunter, via the Design Files.

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