Dorrington Garden

Dorrington Garden


Dorrington Garden

The house was built in the 1920’s with renovations done by Architect Peter Williams from Williams Boag Architects (WBA)

The client wanted to overhaul the 1980’s garden that contained some beautiful large and old trees which were to be retained including a Turkey Oak, Cork Oaks, and a Cape Chestnut Tree. Old and messy existing Cypress hedges were overgrown and blocked main views from the street.

Red brick paving made the property look too red and the brief was to reduce the amount of red brick and create more usable space to sit and enjoy the garden. They didn’t want to create a formal garden with clipped hedges.

One of the design challenges was that the existing drive pillars made the driveway too narrow for modern cars. The entire drive entrance needed to be redesigned in keeping with its heritage style.

A new BBQ area and kitchen garden was required. The original cast iron lamps from London were to be retained (clients father brought them to Australia). The client wanted a better connection between the Tennis Court and the garden.

The front garden was designed to create a level ornamental lawn area surrounded by Castlemaine stone retaining walls. The centre of the lawn contained a circle of custom pressed red bricks with a clipped Buxus sphere. By levelling the front lawn it has become more usable and better connected visually from the house and from the porch that surrounds the house. The garden beds and deep and accommodate the existing old trees as well as many new trees to create a private botanic garden feel.

The driveway features hand seeded pebbles in a mix specially designed for the project. The detail of the seeded pebbles adds a palette of colour detail and texture to the huge expanse of drive surface. Specially cut pieces of solid granite were imported for the project.

A new kitchen garden was designed that also forms the outdoor dining area. A new built on BBQ was built and shade for the area is created by using two pleached Plane trees that will create more shade as the canopies grow.

A new custom designed boundary fence was constructed to replace the old Cypress hedges and now allows glimpses of the property and gardens from the street.

The garden has a heritage overlay so all plans had to be approved by the authorities.

The project was completed in 2016.

Project Credits
Landscape Design: Jim Fogarty
Landscape Construction- John Bott, Bott Landscapes
Seeded Pebble: Devon Royce
Garden Lighting- Light on Landscape
Outdoor Furniture- Lister Teak