Friday, July 2, 2010

Wendy's Secret Garden (Lavender Bay)

Wendy's Secret Garden with Sydney Harbour Bridge BackdropWendy's Secret Garden is indeed secret and elusive - it took us two tries before we finally found it! There are no signages to the garden and it is basically accessible only to those in the know. Once you get there, you will understand why the locals want to keep it a secret. Ssh!

The garden was created by Wendy Whiteley after the death of her husband, Brett Whiteley in 1992. (Brett was one of Sydney's favourite artists who has won many prestigious art prizes in Australia.) Wendy transformed the once derelict green space into a beautiful garden and secluded picnic spot. Today, the garden is a small haven of herbs, tree ferns, palms and fig trees with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House as a backdrop. There are a few interesting items or antiquities like statues, old scooter, rusty wheelbarrow scattered around the garden which adds to its charm. Even the local birds like the parrots, gulls, kookaburras and wagtails love the spot!

A few sets of tables and chairs can be found around the garden or under shady trees for picnics. The nearest toilet to the garden is just a short walk away. At the end of the garden, you go up a set of stairs (as pictured in the top left hand photo on this blog), turn left and then go down another set of steps under the bridge and towards the water. The toilet can be seen just after the bridge.

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VENUE: Wendy's Secret Garden, near Clark Park, Lavender Street, Lavender Bay. Lavender Bay is part of the Lower North Shore suburbs and is located 3 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD. The Garden is nestled between Clark Park on Lavender Street and the Lavender Bay rail shunting yard. If you are coming from Clark Park, just look for a set of stairs that go downwards and leads to the garden. Or go down the set of stairs on Walker Street (next to the Indian Harbourside Restaurant on Lavender Street) and Wendy's Secret Garden is about halfway down the stairs on the left.

TIME: Always open

GETTING THERE: If driving, there is meter parking on Lavender Street or Harbourview Crescent (next to the Kirribilli Club). Or you can catch a train and alight at the North Sydney train station which is within walking distance to the garden.

ENTRY FEE: Free

10 comments:

  1. Wendy, firstly bless you always. You have created such a peaceful,calming and relaxing garden perfect for anyone who simply wants to have some quiet time to themselves or soak the glorious sunshine and sounds of the many types of birds. I only found out about this place today from my colleague at work. Will come back to visit with my husband very soon.

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  2. Yes, Wendy's Secret Garden is indeed an oasis of calm and quiet. I've already been there a few times and I love it. I especially like the antiques scattered around the place which makes the place really special and charming.

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  3. Going to my nieces wedding on 20th July 2012. Looking forward to the experience, I will post after the wedding.

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  4. Hope it will be a beautiful day for your niece's wedding! :D

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  5. My mum is a distant cousin of Wendy Whitely...just noticed the maiden name re cently....now I know where my daughter gets her artistic talents from....in the genes? I'll have to get to Sydney sometime and visit wendy's beautiful garden with my daughter and mum.
    Megan

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  6. Megan, you must visit Wendy's Secret Garden when you next get to Sydney. It is indeed a very beautiful garden to relax in, thanks to Wendy.

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  7. I proposed to my wife there...I had lived close-by for many years and took it so much for granted. Try to get there at night, or even Clark Park and watch the harbour shimmer with delight on a balmy summer night.

    And you can see where Brett got many an inspiration from the tower...it is such a beautiful setting

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    1. Peter, the Wendy's Secret Garden is indeed a beautiful spot. I visit once in a while because the garden is so charming and relaxing. Have to admit I have not visited the garden at night - you have encouraged me to try it one night. How romantic to propose there - I'm sure your wife will never forget that beautiful moment! ;)

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  8. I visit Wendy's Secret Garden as much as possible. I live in Newcastle and just adore her garden. Every time I visit it is even more beautiful than the last time. Thank you Wendy for creating such beauty.

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    1. Yes, we are all grateful to Wendy for creating the Secret Garden and also for her generosity for sharing the beautiful garden with us.

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