Laurel Leaf

St Georges

1A Wootoona Tce, St Georges

Saturday 21 September 2019
Sunday 22 September 2019

10:00 AM
4:30 PM



Laurel Leaf is a stylish waterwise garden surrounding a red brick bungalow built around 1910.

Entry to the garden is through an elegant ironwork gate purchased in Egypt and now perfectly re-sited beneath the spreading canopy of a beautiful old Irish strawberry tree. Boston ivy, as old as the house itself, covers the front of the bungalow and creates a welcoming leafy green façade.

The owner who has a background in architectural design has cleverly used a series of low retaining walls to deal with the two-way slope of the land and now there are flat terraces and garden rooms defined with lines of trees, hedges and mainly Mediterranean planting. Plants have been thoughtfully selected for their hardiness and ability to look attractive throughout the seasons with minimum irrigation and together with materials used for paths and walling, accentuate the design with their shape, colour and contrasting textures. A special highlight will be the six macadamia trees in bloom with pink and cream flowers.

Sustainability has been a prime consideration and lawn areas and trees have been positioned to maximise their cooling effect in summer but to allow winter sun to warm the house. Most plants in the garden have been propagated by the owners and where possible original plantings have been retained.

Laurel Leaf is an excellent example of a suburban family garden and provides many attractive, clever ideas for structure and sustainable garden design.


Extra activities: The owner will give talks at 2pm each day on the history of the property, garden design, sustainable gardening and rising temperature. Morning and afternoon teas will be served on the balcony and in the garden from 11am till 3.30pm. There will also be an exhibition of Peter Ellgar's sculptures and garden art created from gas bottles.

Please note: There is a fenced swimming pool, and some steps.

Size: 1500sqm.

The nominated charities for this garden are: Trees for Life and Bush Heritage.

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