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A Grand Mosman Garden 100 Years In The Making

Mosman Grounds represents the cumulative effort of several landscape designers over a 100 year period. 

Originally built as a series of ‘garden rooms’, Wyer & Co were most recently engaged to update the space for better functionality, privacy and flow. 

‘The landscape had retained adequate structure, but had been let go over the years,’ explains Anthony Wyer, landscape designer and creative director of Wyer & Co.

Upon visiting the garden for the first time, Anthony immediately determined what the space needed to be. ‘This was influenced by the architecture and the era of the build, but it is also a reflection of how gardening was approached at the time: a collective of beautiful, interesting, and unique specimens,’ he says.

Anthony’s vision – a complete overhaul of the garden’s underplanting around the existing mature trees. ‘This provided an opportunity for the client to make their own mark on the garden, without the time or cost needed to replace mature planting,’ he says.

A variety of new mid and low-level planting was introduced, encompassing a mix of native and exotic plant species rich in colour and foliage. 

Because of the expansive 1412 square metre grounds, certain areas experience their own climatic conditions, requiring special attention. ‘The challenge or skill lies in specifying a plant palette that is not only appropriate for these conditions but is also cohesive and visually interesting,’ Anthony says.

New Ficus hedging planted on entry helps shelter the property from the street. Meanwhile, previously disconnected spaces at the rear were stripped back, and a new level lawn was installed for entertaining.

Privacy concerns by the pool were addressed by planting new established trees, including Magnolia grandiflora ‘Exmouth’, Morus alba ‘Pendula’,​ and ​Betula nigra​ (river birch), which were craned in to complement the existing scheme. 

This distinguished garden is an element of its age and history. Similar to a botanical garden, it has been borrowed, developed, and passed on through the generations. ‘We are proud to have contributed to it,’ Anthony says.

This grand Mosman garden was recently update for improved functionality by  Wyer & Co. Photo – Nicholas Watt


The garden is a cumulative effort from a number of designers over a one-hundred-year period and was originally built as a series of ‘garden rooms’. Photo – Nicholas Watt


Fundamentally, the brief called for greater privacy and functionality of the garden. Photo – Nicholas Watt


Fundamentally, the brief called for greater privacy and functionality of the garden. Photo – Nicholas Watt


The entire property stretches over 2000 square metres, meaning certain areas or ‘rooms’ within the garden experience their own unique climatic conditions. Photo – Nicholas Watt


Symmetry and form have been celebrated, as well as the wraparound verandah, now enfolded with layers of greenery. Photo – Nicholas Watt


The Federation home sits respectfully within this verdant landscape. Photo – Nicholas Watt


Ficus hedging planted on entry helps shelter the property from the street. Photo – Nicholas Watt


Sweeping driveways and hidden paths encourage exploration. Photo – Nicholas Watt


This distinguished garden is an element of its age and history. Photo – Nicholas Watt

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