Gardening Australia – Growing the Dream

By Costa Georgiadis

A landscaper makes the most of Sydney’s sandstone with his own garden

Up a set of stairs leading to a house in a quintessentially Sydney street is a quintessentially Sydney bloke – an old friend of Costa’s, landscaper Michael Bates.

His own garden is a labour of love. “Every morning,” says Michael, “I go out on the verandah, I put on my boots, I look at the garden from above – cause it’s the best place to check it out. I think about what I’m going to do to tinker with it and adjust – it’s one of the great pleasures – and then I just go off to work.”

“There are so many typically Sydney elements about this place,” says Costa. “The house on the side of a hill, views through the canopy – and I love Sydney sandstone.”