Address: 15 Merilbah Rd, Bowral
Owned by: Chris McRostie & David Madden
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On a sloping site, the garden at Wirreanda covers an area of approximately 2 acres and dates from 1968 when the Sydney School, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, house was built.
The front garden comprises a number of mature exotic trees from the original ’68 plantings along with a range of eucalypts. The current owners have used these “bones” to flesh out the garden with an extensive planting of shrubs, new trees and perennials, adding Dry stone walls and stone edges. The soft gentle curves of the garden are juxtaposed against the very rectangular lines of the house.
The structural development of the south facing rear garden was commenced by the current owners around 2009/2010 and has become a labour of love.
The various pathways in the rear garden were based on the natural east to west tracks originally used by the kangaroos, wallabies and wombats traversing the property. The garden was opened up to take in the views of the adjacent historical property ” Wingecarribee Farm” – along with its cattle, kangaroos, foxes and ducks. Birdlife is abundant.
The rear garden is also a mix of exotics planted within and around many of the original eucalypts and other indigenous trees. Highlights include the fern garden, best viewed from the garden deck, the ‘pad’ dominated by a large red maple that provides welcome shade throughout summer, and views through to the ‘snow pear’ forest and dry creek bed.
At the very southern border of the garden is a board walk that takes in the recently established, and still developing, maple walk.
There are numerous places to sit and take in the various aspects of the garden.
Please note – no dogs allowed