Clever de­sign with­stands el­e­ments

Midwest Times - - NEWS -

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.

Pictures: Stan Ma­ley

Ch­eryl Hebiton in her Moresby gar­den.

Art, re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als and colour fea­ture in the gar­den de­sign.

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