Belle Magazine – Front Row

Edited excerpt from The New Australian Garden

Planted in a dress circle location on Sydney Harbour, this richly layered contemporary garden drapes an historic property, covering it in green glory.

This heroic harbourside residence in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs has qualities that few grand homes are able to achieve. Sited on one of the most protected nooks of the harbour, the house is a majestic old dame with sandstone turrets and timber gables. She had to be dressed using thoughtful, broad strokes. The garden had to respect her age and grandeur.

This house and garden have been remade by two successive generations of the same family. Even though much of the place has been renovated, the upgraded work matches seamlessly with the original. The most recent upgrade has been done with sensitivity, delicately introducing contemporary features into the heritage fabric. Our work here was minor in the scheme of the upgrade, and even less significant in the overall life of the house. Yet it’s heartening to know that our stonework and mass planting contribute to the magic of this place.”

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