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Timbarra

Address: 28 Charlotte St Burradoo
Owned by: Richard & Laurel Cheetham
The garden at “Timbarra”has been developed over almost 40 years. At first the garden was designed to be low maintenance and suitable for a young family’s activities and interests with a large vegetable gardens, cubbies in trees, a barbeque pit, chook pen, duck pond, an orchard, trees to climb and space to play games.
The house, driveway and early garden beds were planned around the existing large Eucalyptus radiata trees. Deciduous trees for autumn and spring colour were added, as were evergreen shrubs such as rhododendrons, pieris and camellias. The design was informal with specimen trees planted around the circular driveway and around a courtyard behind the house.
The house and garden have been substantially renovated over the last 10 years, with the removal of several large eucalypts creating the opportunity for a redesign of the space at the rear of the house. There are now formal and informal areas. The land has been terraced with hedges visually separating the various garden rooms. A number of maples and a large crabapple (Malus floribunda) shade the house on the top level and provide a sheltered environment for hostas, hydrangeas smaller maples and ferns. Roses and sun loving plants are happy on the northern side of this terrace, while off to the side, a series of small ponds, and a gravel garden have replaced the family swimming pool. The “play lawn” is separated from the top level by a path and a row of pleached Malus ioensis ‘Plena’. A pavilion and rectangular pool on the next level are separated from the woodland garden below by a Prunus lusitanica hedge. Here magnolias, lilacs and crab apples provide dappled shade allowing roses, dahlias, peonies, iris, alstroemeria, grasses, sedum, belladonna and day lilies provide seasonal colour and texture.
While the structure is now complete, the garden is always changing (and being changed). Bulbs and perennials are used to introduce contrasting textures and colour. As it matures more dry and shady areas are proving a challenge, particularly in the current drought.
In the autumn, some of the trees that provide autumn colour include Amelanchier canadensis, Parrotica persica, numerous maples including Acer palmatum ‘Kamatata’ (the eagle claw maple), a copper beech, crab apples, and the yellow flowering Targetes lemonii (Mexican marigold).