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Coasting : Issue 7 Jan 2010
17 www.coastingtoday.com.au The place to go for a unique handmade garden feature. Fantastic range of water features on display. The best advice on pump and filter options. Bushland Garden & Aquarium Centre 445 The Entrance Road, Erina Heights 4367 7909 where do Stunningflow? water features c8662806-7Jan COASTING GARDEN It was then that Tiffany received a gift voucher for use at Creative Courtyards, the garden design centre and gallery at Woy Woy. Experienced horticulturalist and garden designer Janice Rutherford admits that the site was challenging. "When I turned up and saw a construction site here I thought 'Oh my goodness!'" Janice said. "But we sat down and discussed with Tiffany and Adrian what they wanted to achieve, and then I came up with a concept plan." The plan involved starting with a retaining wall at the back fence, and the creation of a lawned area about 1m lower than the wall. This not only provided the couple with privacy, but enabled a flat lawn area to be established and ultimately linked to the rear entry of the home by decking. Janice then devised how to make the sloping side section of the property more useable. "I recommended that the slope be excavated and that sandstone retaining walls and steps be installed to create some garden beds and flat lawn sections," Janice said. Tiffany and Adrian took Janice's recommendation to call in Jamie Burton of Burton Creations, at Charmhaven, for that part of the project. "Sandstone not only looks good but is long lasting -- and it's cheaper than concrete blocks," Tiffany said. Janice than assessed the local soil, and consulted the couple about the garden, and planted lilly pilly for privacy at the back fence. The terraced areas were transformed into a field of flowers. And the front section of the yard, which is exposed to harsh westerly sun in the afternoon, was planted with tough natives including kangaroo paw. Most importantly, a shaded area of lawn was created at the foot of the side slope, an area where the children could play safely while Tiffany and Adrian watched them from the house. Tiffany said the transformation was impressive. "I'm extremely happy, and amazed, actually, that it could be done," she said. Using experts was a key to the success of the project, she said. Janice said the result was proof of what could be achieved when a homeowner explored their options and refused to compromise on quality materials. "Never say a job can never be done," Janice said. "Sometimes your only limitation is your imagination." The work in this garden makeover was carried out by: • Janice Rutherford and Neil Morris of Creative Courtyards, at Woy Woy. Phone 4341 6156. Go to www.creativecourtyards.com.au and • Jamie Burton of Burton Creations, at Charmhaven. Phone 0413 112 161. Go to www.burtoncreations.com.au GARDEN RETREAT: Home owner Tiffany Nudrazija (left) with Janice Rutherford of Creative Courtyards in the side section of Tiffany's Narara yard. Picture by Aaron Brown.
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