8 Noel & John McIlwraith

8. Noel & John McIlwraith

15 Perkins Street, Alexandra

We downsized 4 years ago after 37 years farming and creating large country gardens.

To enable us to extend the house most of the garden was removed, saving what we could to later replant-

Many bulbs, aquilegias, lilies, irises, agapanthus and euphorbias.  A stand of silver birches remained on the driveway and 4 beech trees on the side fence.  We have added over 40 trees, ornamental and smaller growth habit plus many camelias, roses, daphne, hydrangeas, hellebores and loropetalum, to name a few.  Our aim is to hide the side fences which we are not used too!  Old fashioned violets and bulbs have come from friends which help make a garden special.  We had a large pergola built over the driveway, now nicely covering with Virginia creeper and a section creating a great summer shady eating area.

Raised veggie garden beds are in the front garden - chasing the sun. We have moved a number of plants, getting to know where the sun and shade fall.

Our borrowed landscape at the back is Leckie Park and 3 historic trees - 2 x Quercus Robur and 1 x Pinus Radiata, all approx. 149 years old and claimed to be amongst the earliest trees planted in Alexandra.



  • The Rotary Club of Alexandra will be serving cuppas and munchies throughout both days 10am-4pm in support of Music In The Park.