Gail van Rooyen, Terip Terip

948 Top Road, Terip Terip (entry via Hewlett's Road)

Open Date
20-21 Nov. 2021
Garden Entry
$ 12

Lakithi is a large country garden, which has evolved over the past 16 years. It is a blend of formal and informal areas with structures and walls creating several ‘garden rooms’. In designing the Lakithi Garden, I have always been mindful of our wonderfully expansive vistas, which I have strived to maintain and enhance.

An avenue of Pin Oaks, flanked by a rose and clematis covered post and rail fence leads you into the garden. On the left, a large grove of Silver Birch, hugs the bank and gives shelter to thousands of blue bells in Spring and red and white spotted mushrooms in Autumn. Left of the turning circle, steps and a low wall with espaliered apples, Altissimo Roses and Nepeta lead onto the Eastern Lawn, where a majestic English Oak stands sentry. four Malus Gorgeous complete the ‘wall.’

From the circle, an arbour invites you into a tranquil setting of lawn, surrounded by curved borders of shrubs and perennials. The front is backed by a hedge of Rosa Rugosa Alba. The front steps, supported by generous plantings of Lavender Dentata lead down to the formal fountain area, where both sides are flanked by purple leaf Royal Frost Birch, under planted with pink Daffodils. This area is framed by a formal Viburnum Tinus hedge, accented with evenly spaced Washington Thorn trees. The view of the dam and paddocks beyond is framed by two Robinia Frisia, under planted with sedums.

A walk of Cherry Ukon leads one through the Spirea hedge to the Summerhouse and dam, where Red Stemmed Dogwood and Pistachio Chenensis cast their reflections in the water. Japanese Iris and water lilies soften the jetty. Looking right from the fountain, the eye is drawn to a mass of Stipa Gigantea, backed by a copse of Medlars, which steal the show in Autumn.

Above the dam, a granite outcrop is home to Olives and masses of different lavenders. Further along is a shimmering copse of Silver Birches under planted with bluebells. Above the orchard is an arbour, bench and a mixed planting of Elvins Prunus, Crab apples, Hawthorn and Flowering Quince. A simple mass of daisies lead you to the pool and parkland of exotic trees beyond.

The back steps and walls, softened by David Austin Roses, Echiums, cerastium and accented by two superb Viburnum Macrocephalum lead left to the Rose Garden, right to the Vegetable Garden and finally up to the magnificent Eucalypt behind.

During the weekend, Plants will be available for purchase along with a delicious Devonshire Tea.