Garden No 5 - Davaar, 210 Megalong Street
Courtesy of Shane and Helen Caughey
Diversity and sustainability with beauty are the philosophy behind Davaar. In 2001 we inherited a completely overgrown garden. It took three years to clear the block unearthing large old trees dating from c1920s including a stunning pink flowering dogwood. Sadly none of the understorey had survived the past years of neglect so the entire block required replanting.
The property itself dates back to c1904 with historical influences being an essential part of the garden as is the overall design utilising enclosed spaces to give the illusion of greater size.
The garden relies heavily on the Arts & Crafts and French traditions of mixing exotics, indigenous and edible plants together to achieve a harmonious yet contrasting landscape.
Rare and unusual plants are a feature such as a Weeping Forest Pansy, Handkerchief tree, dwarf Gingko, rare orchids, Wollemi Pine, Trilliums and many more. Other planting schemes include many bulbs, a bed of heritage roses, peonies, espaliered fruit trees, difficult dry shady woodland areas and essential potager. Even the first floor balcony is put into use with pots of herbs, olive trees, dragon fruit, curry plant and Stevia.
Davaar also has a bee hive which not only gives us honey but the bees provide vital pollination in the garden. Our hive gets relocated during the festival for safety to the second floor balcony.
Also important to the garden’s sustainability is the double compost bin which composts the waste of our pet rabbits. These bins are swapped during the year, the old compost used in the rose bed and the leftovers successfully planted with pumpkins and/or beans in Summer.