Heritage Waterfront

Hunters Hill, NSW


The initial structure of the garden (planned many years before) lacked a formal and cohesive design and didn’t flow well from one space to another. However this sizeable garden did have gentle sloping lawns, wonderful old specimen trees and an enviable north facing aspect. The intention was to give a French formal structure draped with softer plantings. During a major renovation to this waterfront residence by the architect Howard Tanner, a newly built wing cut into part of the old garden. This came with a charming sandstone courtyard that eventually became the new heart of our design.

Along the snaking driveway Viburnum is used as hedging while black Mondo grass breaks the line of the paving. White Sasanqua continue along the new wing, accented with Junipers. Mediterranean plants such as Lavender, Dwarf Oleander, Echium are planted on mass in the rockery gardens. Many of the old plantings in the garden were preserved during the construction period. Cliveas and mature Azaleas have now been replanted in shadier sections under the old Jacarandas.


"I have known Stephen for the past 7 years and during this time he has thoughtfully and carefully attended to our very large garden, most of which was neglected, overgrown and in need of rejuvenation. There was also a need to create extra garden areas and Stephen undertook this task over a period of time to ensure the outcome would be one that was thoughtfully planned to look as though it had always formed part of the old existing garden areas.

As a result of Stephen’s creativity the outcome is spectacular. Stephen is a person who is able to cope with disruption and his patience was tested to the full when a major renovation took place after our gardens were looking their best. He patiently and diligently worked around the house disruption created by the building project and existing major gardens areas were protected and preserved under his control. Stephen is extremely honest, trustworthy and reliable.

Catherine - Hunters Hill, NSW