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Stent Garden, Clovelly

The owners and designer collaborated in creating a garden not only rich in detail and completely suited to a coastal climate but also a garden that is environmentally responsible.


GAP Photos/Brent Wilson

Feature No:   4282 

Qty of Images:    61 


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Most of the materials for the garden were found, in second hand building yards, back lanes and even scrounged from local houses that were being demolished. The designer, Andrew O’Sullivan’s credo is "An ecologically conscious approach to creating practical and pleasurable places of interest". Coastal gardening is tough at the best of times but this garden is a successful because of the careful selection of plants and materials. The plants fill and spill and create their own natural look while the materials actually look better as they get sun bleached and corrode. This garden is also filled with fun and whimsy, the owners needed storage sheds, so of course they have beach huts and why not make them out of upcycled materials. This garden is a conversation between objects, plants and spaces,there is a generous back verandah, a garden bench in the sun a fire pit, a mandala garden and there is even room for a rotary clothes line. The plants are nothing out of the ordinary but are dry and drought tolerant, tough and can cope with salt laden air from the sea, which is only two hundred metres away! Everywhere you turn there is something visually interesting and quirky but it is also low maintenance, which the owners requested. The style of this garden could be described as highly personal, coastal, a mix of the 1950s, Palm Springs and Santa Fe.



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