Designer: Michael Zinn/Catherine Gard
Entering through the front gate, the overwhelming impression is of a gracious and expansive garden that enhances the architectural features of a beautiful period home. Two large Chinese Elms reflect the history of the property, providing scale and framing the water views.
Situated on a large double fronted block, the home has been thoughtfully renovated to take advantage of garden spaces that wrap around the entire home.
The garden is a journey of contentment from front to rear, with sculpture and planters to create interest and draw your eye.
A large sandstone patio at the rear of the home provides a sheltered retreat for entertaining and spills out onto the lawn and a fire pit at the side.
A jasmine climber screens the garage wall, scenting the air with its perfume in spring and provides a backdrop to the tiled swimming pool. A sunken trampoline caters for the active at heart, while chairs and rest areas provide private spaces for family members to relax.
A wonderful inclusion is the chickens that roam the garden, improving the soil and producing fresh eggs for the family.
Overall the planting scheme consist of feature trees, hedges, textural shrubs and ground covers that create a sense of harmony and colour throughout the landscape.
This garden is an oasis close to the heart of the city, with a tree canopy that offers protection from the sun and shelters those who reside here from the outside world.