Crabapple Cottage


1 Jean Street, Leabrook

Saturday 07 October 2017
Sunday 08 October 2017

10:00 AM
4:30 PM


A colourful cottage garden surrounding a picture-book pretty straw bale house designed for sustainable living. There are ornamental and productive plants including 13 fruit trees, a frog pond, small lawn and entertaining area packed into the 700sqm block.

A white picket fence separates the densely planted verge from the small front garden, both areas crammed with an abundance of annuals, perennials, roses, iris, lavender, gardenias and the crabapple tree that gives the cottage its name. Entry is through an arch covered with pink climbing roses and blue clematis and centred in the path to the front door is a large urn filled with flowering annuals.

To the side of the house are a small lawn and an entertainment area bordered with more flowering plants and several fruit trees. Beyond is a shallow frog pond planted with water plants, a very productive vegetable garden which is partly within a shade cloth tunnel, and more fruit trees. Strawberries are grown in a vertical planter cleverly created from an old pallet.

The garden is maintained using organic and environmentally friendly principles. There are water tanks, worm farms, and compost heaps – an example of living and gardening sustainably in an attractive setting.

700sqm, 0.17 acres.

The nominated charity for this garden is Greenpeace.


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