Clever design withstands elements
Garden design is a hot favourite on some TV shows and Gardening Australia features design in its presentations.
Our native Australian bush and wildflowers were the creation of the nature of the soil and the harsh conditions over aeons of time that made it is what it is today.
Cheryl Hebiton, from Moresby, was the host for a garden tour by members of Ronnie’s Garden Club and the Carnarvon Garden Circle members, who took the bus to Geraldton for a day’s tour.
Cheryl explained how her garden came about.
“I moved to Moresby nearly three years ago,” she said.
“And started creating a garden. I knew the area well and a lot of it I designed before I came here.
“I planned to build a garden that would be able to take the elements, because it’s very, very windy, especially the hot easterlies in the summer. The structures have been built to cut down some of the wind while the plants are growing.”
Most of the artworks in the garden are Cheryl’s. “Most of it is mine,” she said. “I love doing mosaics — that’s one of my hobbies.”
The gardens here are spacious and well laid out for a garden walk, featuring recyclable material such as old tyres, plastic bottles cut, folded and painted, old pallets and various other easily obtainable material.
While down in Mandurah recently, I visited a family member who built a new home high up, very close to the coast.
With the winter gales, he was struggling to make a garden or keep it growing until he came up with the idea (he is a builder) of installing heavy steel posts and laying in old railway sleepers as panels with a gap between each sleeper! This turned out to be an arty way of building a windbreak and was in stark contrast to the modern home. The plants immediately benefited from this design.
It is becoming clear that by allowing about 50 per cent of the strong winds to flow through any windbreak, the benefits to the appearance of the place and the growth of the garden is very apparent.
The building of high, solid, Colorbond fences around modern backyards makes strong winds in winter and summer cause a rolling effect in the garden as they hammer and swirl over the tops of these fences.
Cheryl Hebiton in her Moresby garden.
Art, recycled materials and colour feature in the garden design.