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landscape design. An Elegant Sydney Garden, Designed in Two Stages.

landscape design. An Elegant Sydney Garden, Designed in Two Stages.

Media – The design Files


Project  Mosman


Date  October 2019

Author The Design Files

Photography Natalie Hunfalvay

Landscape Design Outdoor Establishments

Project Mosman

Words by  Miriam McGarry

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Landscape design by Outdoor Establishments

Services for this garden include, landscape design, landscape artchitecture, landscape construction and horticulture. 

Elegant garden design at scale 

This multi-award winning garden from Outdoor Establishments was a two stage process. Stage 1 – The Melleray Gardens were initially redesigned from 2011-2012 on the lower levels, with the ‘bones’ of the upper garden gently updated later on when stage two was delivered in 2015. With the completion of the rear garden, and the introduction of the Eco Cladding from Eco Outdoor this magnificent garden was complete.

The brief from the client was to create a beautiful and comfortable space for entertaining, and spending time with loved ones. Mathew explains ‘the garden was really designed to be a space for family, meaning plenty of room for games and recreation’, but due to the two stage development, the team were able to develop a strong relationship with both the owners and the site, and watch how the garden grew and changed over time. Mathew highlights how the garden grew-up with the owners, and the cubby house has now been extended to include an outdoor gym!

Sandstone features

The design uses sandstone throughout the project, much of which was recycled from the original renovation of the house. Mathew describes the meticulous and time-consuming work of spending 6 months on the large stone wall that retains the upper garden levels, over the swimming pool and pool house. After the success of this design, the 2015 iteration was envisaged to continue with similar materials in the lower garden. Mathew explains ‘Eco Outdoor’s Crackenback was the answer for us!’ 

The use of recycled brick paving and sandstone walls reflect Sydney’s construction histroy, and connects the project to the surrounding neighbourhood. These materials are brought to life by the surrounding north shore plant species, including the blooms of Frangipani, Magnolia and Camellia. The addition of newly planted trees required some inventive operational work (craning in Olive and Jacaranda trees!), as well as establishing topiary Buxus, Bougainvillea, and Rhapis Palms.

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