Secret Gardens of North Sydney
Uncover two hidden horticultural gems on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, where neglected bushland and former industrial sites have been transformed into delightful green oases by their high-profile creators and have reinvigorated the harbour shoreline.
Few people may know that the late Channel Nine journalist, Richard Carleton, created one such gem, cultivating a private garden sanctuary for years before his untimely death in 2006. Now lovingly tended by his widow, Sharon, on our exclusive visit we hear from her personally how Richard transformed the steep, rubbish-filled block into a lush garden of terraces, hedges, walkways and bridges.
Another such garden oasis, created by someone with a similar love for nature, is that of artist Wendy Whiteley. Shortly after the death of her husband, Brett, Wendy set about to methodically transform an unloved railway corridor into an oasis of shrubs, herbs and towering trees that now attract abundant and colourful birdlife.
Also discover a former industrial site that now showcases best-practice sustainability and offers local residents a vibrant community garden, and enjoy Kirribilli’s McDougall Street, ablaze in a purple canopy of jacaranda trees.