Paddy Milne, Ballarat North

127 Moola Street, Ballarat North (2016)

Open Date
19 & 20 November 2016
Garden Entry

Note: This garden was opened in 2016

This very recently completed garden has been created by the need to remove an old swimming pool which dominated the lower corner of the backyard. The house is elevated superbly to gain wonderful views of Lake Wendouree and the city of Ballarat, so it was essential that we maintained these view points, while returning the rear of the block into a more useable, natural & relaxing space.

Taking into account the slope on the block, a three tier section of the garden was the most effective. From the house down the large steps onto the viewing platform, this provides the transition from the upper tier down the stone steps into the middle area, or around to the side of the house to the storage area. There is an emphasis on guiding you down through the garden to the lower area, while hinting at slowing down that split second to take in the gardens and views around you.

One must enter this garden with a slight sense of imagination, as most of the plants have just been put in as tube stock. Once established, the heavily native themed planting will attract even more of the incredible bird life that we have in North Ballarat, enclose pockets of this garden for boundary privacy and provide vigour with various colours and textures in foliage and flower type.

Along with the plant life of this garden, three key materials have been combined to help create this Australian styled backyard, timber- in the viewing platform, steps and fence line, stone- to form the transition between levels and retain the garden by using large basalt boulders, Corten Steel- over retaining walls to hide inevitable movement in pine sleepers, and used again as the stringers in the large steps from the house. All of which give the garden structure, and when used in the right proportions, always provide a stunning, highly durable, result.

In time, this low maintenance garden, with creek bed, viewing platform, sweeping lawns, and endless places to take in Ballarats best views, will grow to provide an inviting place for local birdlife, a refreshing spot to spend a day in the garden, and an exciting place to entertain friends!