Fifty Shades of Green


23 Netherby Avenue, Netherby

Saturday 07 December 2019
Sunday 08 December 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Fifty Shades of Green by name and fifty shades of green by nature!

This garden, completely hidden from view by a tall olive hedge, has year-round interest thanks to the original work of well-known garden designer Virginia Kennett. A series of garden rooms on the gently sloping site leads up to the house, which is set off by multi-level decking and a mature array of sculptural succulents.

The garden features a well thought out selection of tough Mediterranean climate plants – both Australian natives and exotics chosen for their shape, the texture and colour of their foliage and their low water requirements. The planting shows that often species considered commonplace can look quite outstanding when well-placed and given sufficient space. Mature bougainvillea and hibiscus create accents of strong colour while by contrast, ground hugging Dymondia with delicate white edges to its leaves, makes an intricate green patchwork between slate pavers in another of the garden rooms.A dramatic and arresting feature is the strongly sculptural seating which frames the fire pit as you enter the garden.

To the rear is a courtyard, which though compact, has interesting plantings of agave and dracaena. A tiny private garden can be glimpsed through a gate. The pool area benefits from an excellent borrowed landscape including a dense Viburnum tinus hedge.

A contemporary garden with strong bones and interesting architectural plant selection.


Extra activities: Plant stall with plants supplied by Tupelo Grove Nursery.  

Size: 1500 sqm.

Please note: there are a pool and small pond; this garden is not suitable for wheelchairs. 

The nominated charity for this garden is The Fred Hollows Foundation (for the restoration of sight to thousands of people).

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