The native forest is the true garden in this project. 

In the past, ornamental trees had been planted throughout the property with little thought to composition or relevance. Decades of growth had left the garden feeling congested.

This urge to “civilise” the landscape through ornamental planting as a psychological buffer to the natural environment is a deep seated one but we felt it was important to strip away this thinking and reveal the inherent beauty of the Turpentine’s, Eucalypts and Cabbage Palms of the native forest.

We then laid out a series of courtyards connected to the house and pool that facilitate a direct connection to the natural environment.

Project Design - Christopher Owen, Erica Rowe
Architects - Smart Design Studio
Photography - Brigid Arnott