HEAL­ING GAR­DEN

Jamie Durie turns an un­touched back­yard into a pri­vate sanc­tu­ary with distinctly dif­fer­ent zones.

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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.

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