Lakewood house gets recognition by Camden Haven Garden Club's street appeal

Judy Giles sits at the front of the Japanese style garden at Lakewood.
Judy Giles sits at the front of the Japanese style garden at Lakewood.

A private garden at a Lakewood home is paying tribute to Japanese culture.

Ian and Judy Giles set about piecing together the intricate design when they moved to the area two years ago from Sydney.

Ian said he's always had a passion for Japanese gardens, even though he's never travelled to Japan before.

Ian and Judy Giles.

Ian and Judy Giles.

As a former printer Ian said he's got a knack for visualising where plants should be positioned.

The garden is filled with a number of varieties including exotics, some Australian natives and Japanese plants.

The Giles were picked by the Camden Haven Garden Club, as part of its new program called Homes with Street Appeal.

The program's aim is to acknowledge the appealing nature of front garden landscapes.

Residents whose gardens are picked by the club's members received a certificate to acknowledge their hard work.

When the Giles purchased the house, Ian was given signs that setting up a Japanese garden would be a good idea.

He said North Brother Mountain reminded him of landscapes in Japan. Ian saw that one of the neighbours also had a Japanese style roof.

Judy and Ian enjoy their morning coffee in the garden and sitting out in the sun, which they say is very relaxing.

Judy said all the neighbours give them compliments on the pleasing aesthetic of the garden.

The research for the style of the garden predominantly came from a $3 book, which Ian said was the best purchase he's ever made.

Camden Haven Garden Club treasurer Peter Moore said the club has already picked a number of gardens in the area which they believe fit the 'Street Appeal' title.

The recipients will be given the opportunity to feature their garden in a Camden Haven Courier article, once they receive a certificate.

The Camden Haven Garden Club members meet every second Monday of the month at Laurieton United Services Club from 10.30am.

For more information about the Homes with Street Appeal program or to join the club please call Peter Moore on 6559 5177.

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