Sydney – Gallipoli Garden

Sydney – Gallipoli Garden


Australian Garden Show Sydney 2013

‘The Last to Leave’ A Gallipoli Garden commemorating 1915-2015

Designed by Jim Fogarty. Constructed by Landart Landscapes

Lighting Design by Joe Snell. Australian Plant Consultant: Angus Stewart

This is a garden inspired by the poem ‘The Last to Leave’ written by Private Leon Gellert. This is not a recreation; it is instead an artistic interpretation portrayed in a modern garden almost 100 years on from the evacuation of Gallipoli.

Metaphorically speaking, the back wall is part of an original trench wall, complete with a fire-step, and a dugout. Sandstone blocks are symbolic of sandbags. A viewing hole in the back wall allows visitors to see into the dugout. Communication saps (trenches) running to the dugout have slowly been filled in and they now appear as shallow paths. Remnants of wire are still visible amongst foliage, used here in a sculptural sense.

Australian plants, symbolic of the fallen, have grown over the battlefield and live on in perpetuity. The plants flower, seed, and regrow signifying the cycle of life in plants and in human life. A reminder of the sacrifice of so many…

• Garden Design: Jim Fogarty
• Garden Construction: Landart Landscapes
• Lighting Design: Joe Snell
• Plant Consultant: Angus Stewart
With thanks to:
• CSR Hebel Powerpanel
• Sandstone wall blocks
• Render: Dulux Acratex
• Paint: Dulux Weathershield
• Timber Stain: Quantum Timber Finishes
• Fabric: Mokum Textiles
• Wire Sculptures by Pam Wettenhall from Eco Outdoor
• Lighting supply & installation: Gardens at Night Sydney
• Ryde TAFE student volunteers

Australian Plants
• Botanica Nurseries – wholesale & Retail
• Gondwana Nursery – wholesale
• Alpine Nurseries -wholesale
Australian Trees
• Trees by Alpine Tree Removals