In the Beautiful Blue Mountains

30 September - 8 October 2017


Garden No 10 - Tanglewood, 109 Craigend Street
Courtesy of Corrie and Stephen Kennedy

Behind the pittosporum hedge at Tanglewood is a very private garden full of surprises. It contains many varied shrubs and trees including azaleas, rhododendrons, mollis azaleas, white-trunked birches, maples, weeping cherry, a large viburnum Plicatum, camellias, bottlebrushes and a large liquidambar.

A Lorraine Lee rose covers part of the eastern side of the house and sets off the side garden where there are magnolias, pink dogwoods, climbing clematis and bulbs. A path between the dogwoods, agapanthus and various shrubs leads to a formal garden at the rear of the house.

There is a large lawn terrace surrounded by stately trees, including prunus, a golden elm and robinias, with rhododendrons and camellias and bulbs on the next level above a drystone wall.

From the lawn terrace, a path on the left leads into a woodland walk, azaleas on the right and Geebung trees and birds’ nests on the left under a large radiata pine. There are tree ferns, hellebores, bluebells and in complete contrast around the corner, ‘Red Lady’ waratahs.

There is a bridge, wishing well, viewing platform and seats dotted around to enjoy the park-like garden and observe the diversity of shrubs, trees, colourful flowers and bird life.

On leaving the property on the western side, a riot of colour greets you from many varieties of azaleas, mollis azaleas and camellias under two large maples creating dappled shade.  The rose on the arbour is ‘New Dawn”.

The layout of the garden is family-friendly with models of animals and birds for the children to find. 

“Sit awhile, noting the leaf shapes and colours and enjoy the peace”.