Sydney Spring Heart Kids Garden Tour 2014

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 | Leave a Comment (0)

Our Natures Vision team enjoyed the fifth annual Alpine Nurseries Spring Garden Tour supporting HeartKids NSW. 

Last friday a prestigious garden tour showcased exquisite gardens in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. It was a lovely day out whilst making a difference to the children and families affected by congenital heart disease.

An early morning rise to leave from the Central Coast to join the tour at Eden Gardens, North Ryde from there 130 guests travelled by coaches to visit 5 private homes and their beautiful gardens. Through-out the day we wandered through beautiful gardens and listened to inspirational talks from designers, home owners and landscapers. A divine home made morning tea prepared by Kay from Alpine Nurseries was enjoyed in the Randwick garden, a sit down lunch was served up in the beautiful tea house room at Vaucluse House and to end the day we relaxed in the late afternoon in the most spectacular Sydney Harbour garden with breathtaking views, canapés and champagne. The Garden briefs and snapshots through-out the day follow;

Garden 1: Balmain

This garden has been designed around one of the original old Balmain homes which has been complemented with a new architecturally designed addition. The designer has worked with the contours of the site creating privacy where required. Extensive use of native plants has been used to complement the existing native trees both on the site and in the nearby park. During construction of the garden existing sandstone bedrock was revealed and has been left as a feature as was an ancient well that was discovered and is now a unique water feature.

Garden 2: Randwick 

A stone's throw from Coogee Beach and nestled into the end of a private cul-de-sac, this secluded Sydney beachside garden balances beautifully the horticultural and the structural. With a seamless connection between the interior and exterior, this house is actually all about the garden. And so it should be as it is the home of the owners of  Secret Gardens. Every room in the house has an outlook onto the main garden or to a series of internal courtyards. A beautiful aspect which captures sunlight in winter through the entire house and garden and established trees that provide dappled shade from hot afternoon sun in summer, it is a garden to be enjoyed year round. Completely private from their neighbours, it is their very own secret Garden. 

Garden 3: Rosebery

This house, which was designed for a busy family who enjoy entertaining had to have a low maintenance, stylish but functional garden that included some modern productive elements like a veggie patch, chickens and some fruit trees.

Lunch: Vaulcuse House 

Garden 4: Bellevue Hill

This unique garden is extremely private and has been designed around the owner's extensive private collection of sculpture. The hedges create nooks for individual pieces that are discovered as you explore the garden. Foliage colour and texture is cleverly used to complement each sculpture and in addition the garden has beautiful spaces for entertaining as well as a pool and tennis court. 

Garden 5: Vaucluse

This original 1850's sandstone residence has been extensively renovated and no expense has been spared on creating a very private botanical oasis. The house and garden look directly over the harbour and the location and view would be considered one of the finest in Sydney. The tennis court has been converted into a productive vegetable garden that includes bee hives, chickens and fruit trees. The sweeping rear lawn perennial gardens frame the view and contain a wide range of interesting plants.


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