Garden Visit: Tallawong, Mount Irvine

The rich soils of Mount Irvine and Mount Wilson have long lured plant people like Michael up from the city to the hills. He’s been designing and building residential and commercial landscapes in Sydney for the last 30 years with his company Bates Landscapes, and tells me “it’s a whole new religion, gardening up here.”

Tallawong has a wonderful feel – the 100 year old cottage is charming and modest, sitting gently on the sloping terrain, and the garden around it is rambling and inviting. It’s the kind of place where an involuntary exhalation occurs upon getting out of the car. A “thank God I’m here” sigh.

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