|241 Wildes Meadow Road, Wildes Meadow|
Wildewood is a beautiful five-acre garden set into the natural contours of a hillside in Wildes Meadow. The garden is nine years old and started with paddocks cleared of scrub, weeds and blackberry bushes. The owners have kept to the natural contours, avoiding the temptation to terrace this hillside garden. The result is an elegant and flowing garden that gives the impression of movement as it gently progresses downwards from the house towards the road.
The garden provides year-round appeal based on colour, shape and texture, and presents diverse plant combinations of natives and exotics. There are eleven separate gardens.
The owners initially planned a ‘Meditation Garden’ near the house, but a ‘Morning Garden’ and ‘Teardrop Garden’ were the first to be established. The ‘Meditation Garden’ was then built, complete with rock waterfall.
Visitors to Wildewood are encouraged to begin at the ‘Meditation Garden’, moving to the ‘Study Garden’, and then to those gardens spreading down the hill. A ‘Formal Garden’ complete with pond is juxtaposed to the adjacent ‘Dry Creek Garden’.
The use of local weathered basalt rock and the repeating of plants and colour scheme link all the gardens. Unlike many traditional Southern Highlands gardens, the myriad shapes, colours and styles of Wildewood may be enjoyed throughout the year. Andrew McFadden, the garden’s designer, ensures that the grounds are beautifully tended.
From Bowral: From the SHBG roundabout, take Kangaloon Road, then Sheepwash Road (B73 towards Nowra). After 11.8km cross over Illawarra Highway and continue on Sheepwash Road for 2.8km. Then turn left onto Wildes Meadow Road and continue for 2.4km to Wildewood (#241). Ample parking is available another 300m further along on the right at the Pumping Station. A small bus will be provided to transport visitors from the Pumping Station to the garden.
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