Restoring the Heritage Garden

Relaying the sandstone paths at Nonsuch.

Relaying the sandstone paths at Nonsuch.

The process of landscaping, re-planting and recreating the neglected garden of an old house is one fraught with difficult decisions. Gardening can be hard at the best of times, but when you want to return an old garden to its original state, then your path can be difficult indeed.

This section of this web site gives you some idea of what you can expect – some of the decisions, the difficulties, and the sheer joy of finally seeing a garden restored, even if it isn’t quite to how it once was.

We’ll be using our own experiences at the nineteenth-century garden of Nonsuch in Tasmania – a recreation of an English garden in an Australian landscape – one of the never-ending contradictions of returning a garden to something approaching its original state.

For a personal chronicle and photographs of our Nonsuch experience.



Forthcoming articles by July 2006:

Do it yourself, or use professionals?

Landscaping – what to include in your garden (besides plants …)

Cost, Cost, Damned Cost. Authenticity or Fakery?

Planting the wrong garden on the wrong continent – the peculiar difficulties faced both by ‘colonists’ and by ‘imperialists’.

Planting out the heritage garden.