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Michael Cooke – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Garden designer Michael Cooke is a real plantsman.  At 11-years-old he would ride his skateboard down to the local plant nursery after school and help out, and when he was 22, he bought the business.

Michael’s 10 acre property in Central Mangrove on the Central Coast of NSW is a ‘botanical garden lab’, filled with a diverse range of plants, a dam, pontoon, chook house and much more.

Our gardens columnist, Georgina Reid of The Planthunter recently caught up with Michael to learn a little more about the garden he has spent 28 years creating.

Lemon Cake with Whipped Ricotta & Lemon Curd – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

SO SAD to be saying goodbye to our amazing contributor Julia Busuttil today!  We have loved sharing her incredible cakes with you this month, and we’re finishing up with another beauty!  Julia’s lemon cake is one of those delicious spongy soft ‘old fashioned’ cakes that is easy to make and so versatile – whilst she’s paired it here with whipped ricotta, homemade lemon curd and syrupy Amarena cherries, it can be easily adapted with whatever you have on hand.  As Julia says, even with just a dusting of icing sugar and a dollop of cream, this cake will delight!  HUGE THANKS to Julia for joining us this month, and don’t worry, I’m already brainstorming a return appearance…! – Lucy

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