Heartkids Sydney Garden tour 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment (0)

A perfect spring day is what we had for the annual Heartkids Sydney Garden tour last week. 

Thank you to the organisers Peter Knox, his family and the crew from Alpine Nurseries this was another memorable tour. 

Six private homes open their gates and allowed us to weave leisurely through their gardens to explore and take photos, these were some of the finest gardens in Sydney.  

A collection of our garden tour snapshots for you to peruse;

Garden 1: Cheltenham 

Garden 2:  Mindaribba 1896, Beecroft

Garden 3: Lynwood 1907, Beecroft

Mt Spurgeon Black Pine - Prumnopitys ladeii (below)

Pictured above; On tour we stumbled upon this stunning foliage plant but had most of our team curious of it's species. This is a slow growing ancient looking plant. It is highly ornamental and handles full sun from an early age. Prefers good drainage. Size 4 to 8m  

Garden 4: Killara

Garden 5: Killara

Garden 6: Terrey Hills 

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Behind the Scenes - Stage 1

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 | Leave a Comment (0)

A new entrance is underway to this prestigious hillside residence in North Avoca by the Natures Vision team. 

A lot goes on behind the scenes of a landscape project, I thought I would share some snapshots of the first stage of this project. 

To be continued....

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Natural Wonders

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | Leave a Comment (0)

The natural landscape wonders of Rotorua, New Zealand - bubbling mud pools.

Snapshots from a recent trip to Rotorua ....

Pictured above; We escaped into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua's most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods. 

Pictured above: Government Gardens. Amazing to find these gardens are located in the middle of a volcanic landscape. We explored the historic gardens that surround the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. The museum is housed in the old bath house building which was once a famous geothermal spa which offered therapeutic treatments to visitors from all over the world in the 1900's. 

Picture above: Croquet Pitch 

Pictured above; Pollarded Plane Trees.

Pictured above; Kuirau - A walk through this informal park we discovered the steaming, hissing and bubbling geothermal activity. 

Pictured above: Tamatekapua a traditional meeting house.

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New Zealand Flora;  Lancewood (Pseudopanax ferox)

Pictured above; A small tree endemic to NZ. 
This is an unusual looking tree but has its charms - Long serrated evergreen leaves hang sharply downwards.

A project to endure - Northbridge, Sydney

Thursday, October 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment (0)

Our clients expressed easier access was needed from their residence to their boathouse. A collaborative effort between the clients, Michael Cooke Garden Designs and Adam Eurell Natures Vision to get this project underway. 

It was a tough site as it involved hardship and a higher amount of effort from the Natures Vision team, there was no landscape design in place and with the only access to bring in materials was via an inclinator proved a challenging build. 

A variety of new and old materials were used in-keeping with the harbour side native bushland setting. 

Timber inclinator platforms from milled white Mahogany hardwood posts and bearers for white ant resistance, durable Tallowood decking and bronze woven mesh infills for handrails. Footpaths included sandstone slabs used as step treads, brown decomposed granite and sandstone flagging pathways, edged by custom cut corten steel and rubbled rock from site was used to retain upside of pathways.  

Our team had the ability to keep on going to see this project evolve. 

Pictured above; Inclinator track to boathouse

Pictured above; Inclinator middle platform

Pictured above; Inclinator boathouse platform 

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