Jamie Durie turns an untouched backyard into a private sanctuary with distinctly different zones.
Jamie Durie creates a special outdoor sanctuary for a mum and her daughters.
SOON AFTER BUYING HER first home, single mum Cathie was diagnosed with cancer. Almost two years of treatment followed until she got the all-clear. But with ongoing medication and side effects, she has to spend much of her time at home. A private and tranquil garden was on her wishlist but beyond her budget or energy levels.
To suit the family’s lifestyles, Jamie planned a garden offering several distinct functions. As a quiet space in which Cathie could meditate and calm her mind, he built a Balinese-style pavilion from durable Merbau timber with a thatched roof for shade and shelter from rain. Ferns around the base and mature lilly pillies nearby complete the peaceful setting. He extended the small patio with a timberframed awning and long steps, and planted more lilly pillies, Gingko and pomegranate trees for privacy and shade in the outdoor entertaining zone.
An edible garden was formed at the rear of the yard with beds for lemon, lime and apple trees plus raised self-watering Vegepods – complete with pest covers – for vegetables and herbs. A timber screen separates this from the entertaining area. Finally he created a lovely view from the kitchen with a lush shaded walkway on the hot side of the house to the oasis beyond. Cathie and her daughters are amazed by the fantastic transformation.