Leanne & John Anderson

34 Rogers Street

For years John & Leanne Anderson would drive to town past a vacant block boasting incredible water views of the Goobang Creek and dream of owning such an oasis.  Thirteen years on, not only are the Andersons the proud owners of the block but they have also created a garden that visitors now dream of.  With majestic red river gums and sleepy willows curving along the creek, the Andersons have ensured all aspects of the garden complement the tranquil vista.

To achieve this, the garden landscape features several graduating levels, punctuated with rocks, logs and free form garden beds.  The garden beds boast host many of Leanne’s favourites, such as crepe myrtles, diosma, lavender, agapanthus, geraniums and roses. Far from being precious about colour and tone, the Andersons garden beds are a riot of reds and pinks, blues and green and everything in between.  To balance the undulating borders of the garden beds, the Andersons have created a formal garden, featuring a gravel circular path and a horseshoe of Seduction and Iceburg roses   

Jacarandas, Chinese Elm and Manchurian Pear provide the place to cool off from the Condobolin heat, while an ornamental grape covered pergola is the ideal location for long lazy lunches.

The Andersons inherited an established tree line on the western side while a new oleander hedge on the eastern side secludes the garden from the neighbours.

The red gravelly soil is great for drainage, but tough for digging, which means that creating a new garden bed requires ‘man power’. The Andersons are adamant that while they mulch and remain water wise, they prefer not to baby the garden, which has meant some trial and error.

The Anderson’s dream garden is now becoming a popular wedding location.  It seems it is not only the Andersons who have fallen love with the block beside the Goobang, but many others wishing to make their dreams come true.