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Cherith Grove Cafe gardens
Mayo Road, Gidgegannup - October 2007

Design by Loretta Kearnan ( Think Green Landscapes)

Awarded as Finalist - LIAWA Awards of Excellence 2010
(Category - Contractor Commercial up to $400,000)

The gardens of the Cherith Grove Cafe are really something special. The Cafe is a part of the Cherith Grove Olive plantation located on Mayo Road (just off Toodyay Road) in Gidgegannup. The setting for the Cafe and gardens is a beautiful valley filled with Olive trees and with a lovely tree-surrounded lake alongside.

The cafe is open on weekends or by arrangement. Phone 9574 6424 for bookings.

A dry creek bed flows after rainfall to create a series of shallow pools.

Sandstone & Wrens by Folko Kooper

As the Olive Grove has Organic Accreditation special care was needed during the installation of this garden to ensure only healthy natural products were used.

This included gypsum treatment with lupin mulch and a sheep & cow manure blend to enrich the soil. Chunky mulch ensures easy penetration by rainwater and helps reduce evaporation. A button-dripper irrigation system is used.

Oz-Log timber-look concrete sleepers were used in the garden to create small bridges for crossing the meandering (usually) dry creek bed.

In rainy times this creek bed fills with water run-off from the carpark creating a series of small pools.

A mix of tough and beautiful native and exotic plants were specially chosen to create vibrant seasonal change throughout this garden.

Hundreds of flowering plants provide an ever-changing display all year round. And many deciduous trees provide a range of lovely bright scarlet, orange and golden foliage right through from Autumn into Winter.

A large antique stone olive press forms the centrepiece of the garden.

The garden also contains many objects with a history in gardening and horticulture including push mowers and cultivating tools.

Artworks selected for the garden include life-size sculptured wrens and a sandstone water feature created by Folko Kooper (Tasmania).

Low voltage garden lighting with weathered copper fittings provides a lovely mood after dark and is located throughout the garden.



Diners on the balcony overlook a small productive herb garden

Where we started - Virtually a blank canvas

Early Progress

PLEASE NOTE - Business name when this garden was installed was Mr Green Lawns & Landscapes
And the designer Loretta Kearnan worked independently trading as Leschenaultia Designs at that time

Copyright Tony Green 2008