Flinders – Cook Street

Flinders – Cook Street

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DESIGN BRIEF: Flinders- Cook St

Designed by: Jim Fogarty

Indigenous protocols have been followed with consultation from Charles Solomon from Garawana Creative


This site is a quarter acre in the coastal village of Flinders and is on a designated flood zone. The dwelling is a small prefabricated house by Arkular that has 6-star energy rating. The house is a modern version of an old fishing cottage. The idea of using a prefabricated house was important to us as the site had never been built on and we wanted to do so with minimal disturbance to the property. The deck and pergola was designed by Jim Fogarty and features Ironbark timber decking boards and screens.

Being a flood zone was crucial when designing the planting. In winter the ground becomes sodden and can have an inch of water sitting on top of the ground during late winter. This has proven to be an excellent test site for the ability of some Australian plants to tolerate very heavy, wet soils of extended periods. Whilst some coastal areas are defined by sandy soils, in this case it is quite the opposite.

Being a flood zone, I wanted to design a garden that referenced Australia’s indigenous culture. Taking inspiration from indigenous shapes of moving water and waterholes that were provided by Charles Solomon at Garawana Creative, the lawn shapes depict water moving across the landscape. The lawn area also includes a round depression that works as a soakage pit. Being filled with sand it also provides a sand pit for our children.

All the plants are Australian. There is an emphasis on indigenous plants to the area, but I have also included species from other parts of Australia that will tolerate very wet and heavy winter soils.

The garden is our own little garden that we have created ourselves on a small budget. Our aim is to engage people with stories of indigenous culture as well as inspire people as to the different uses of Australian plants, especially in coastal areas where preservation of local flora and fauna needs to be valued.

The garden was planted in 2016 and is an ongoing work in progress.

Photos by @englisch @safari.global

Garden by @jimfogartydesign

House by @arkular_

Deck & Pergola @jntconstructions