The space provided for this garden was an extremely steep and difficult site which was overrun with weeds, had drainage issues and was constantly battered with salt-laden winds.
The idea was to create a beautiful native parkland style garden that would provide a habitat for birds and animals and give safe access to the jetty below.
Given the nature of the site it was also important to create a relatively maintenance friendly garden that could thrive in the difficult conditions of its own accord.
We started by clearing the site and constructing stairs and pathways that led to the water. The surrounding garden was populated predominantly by native species with low water requirements and thoroughly lit to enable safe access at night.
To enhance the informal feel of the space, it was framed with treated pine railway sleepers, decomposed granite, stainless steel wiring for balustrades and marine rope.
At the end, we are proud that this project won the ‘2006 Landscape Contractors Association of NSW ‘Landscape Construction of the Year’ award.
As quoted from the judges: “This project is design/construct of the highest order and it is clear that some of the aspects of construction had to be solved in situ… not on a piece of paper first. The project solved a problem of access for the property owners in more than basic function, and shows application in earthworks, paving, landscape carpentry, erosion control, tree preservation and planting.”