Bronte House

This weekend is open garden at Bronte House, Myles Baldwin showed me his master crafting of this historic Sydneyside residence.

We meandered though the paths lined with Dahlias, Ginger plant, Roses, Jasmine, succulents and shadowed by Figs, palms, Kauri pine, Bamboo & other to-die-for specimens. As you access the lower rocky part of the garden, you discover a beautiful fountain surrounded by potted dinner plate Dahlias, not yet in flower (see my photo in The Stylist's Guide to NYC pp. 33). Submerged in the pond are Hibiscus, Water lily (& other plants I can't remember the names of) with fish swimming in its depths. Cruise down the succulents path to the oldest part of the garden which once made it to the beachfront. All ferny, fairy & rockery with tree trunks, rock Orchards and Staghorn ferns littering the way. Across to Lovers Lane with spectacular Lillies, palms & tall Ginger plants.

I visited the garden with my bestie, Sally Campbell. Her sister, artist Cressida Campbell has used this garden as her subject matter in her woodblocks & art pieces. A quick whiz of some of the lower rooms of the house revealed oversized flora & fauna installations which captured my imagination for my upcoming talk at the Museum of Sydney on Dec 7th (book through HHT).

These installations were also created by Myles & I couldn't walk past the Prickly pear- so casual & simple. This all sung to my love of vistas, still-life, plants & flowers.

FILED 22, Nov 2011

  • SYDNEY SHOP & STUDIO 3.02 75 Mary Street St Peters NSW 2044
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-4pm OR BY APPOINTMENT
  • 0429 589 982
  • SYDNEY SHOP & STUDIO 3.02 75 Mary Street St Peters NSW 2044
  • 0429 589 982
  • MONDAY - FRIDAY 10AM-4pm OR BY APPOINTMENT