GREAT GIFT
Australian House & Garden Magazine|May 2021
When two daughters decided to create a special multigenerational home, the garden was an all-important part of the plan.
Elizabeth Wilson

There is no underestimating the effect of a gorgeous garden. Spending time in a lush, cultivated landscape filled with scent, colour and favourite flowering plants – combined with family togetherness – does wonders for the soul. And that was the rationale for this glorious garden in Sydney’s northwest.

The 4000-square-metre property is home to three generations of the one close-knit family. It’s an arrangement that evolved when two sisters decided to create a communal property that would accommodate both their families and their mother. Together, they built two new dwellings – joined by an internal walkway – creating a sprawling floor plan that gives everyone space and independence.

From the outset, the sisters wanted to create for their mother a beautiful garden to flow around and hug the homes. So, early in the construction phase, they enlisted landscape design company Outdoor Establishments to come up with a design for the vast 3200-square-metre gardenscape.

“They wanted every corner of the property to be incorporated into the design,” says Trystan Graham, co-director of Outdoor Establishments. “The main driver was that they wanted it to be a space that would encourage their mum outside, and give her enjoyment.” Trystan’s business partner, horticulturist and designer, Matt Hook, became the garden’s project manager.

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