This established garden spans two hectares and takes its name from a landing built into the creek that runs down the side of the property. Some years ago it was a catering venue known as Toad’s Landing.
35b Pokohiwi Rd, Homebush
The surrounding land used to be called Bamford’s Garden and the main area where the house and gardens are today grew fruit trees and berries. In the mid 80s the land was subdivided and a house built with the first garden area laid out. In 2009, new owners expanded the landscaping. They lined the driveway with ornamental cherries and established orchards of apples and citrus and added a small vineyard.
Today, John and Beng own the property and manage the gardens. Three years ago they bought ‘The Landing at Homebush’ an established wedding venue business. They’re both still learning about the garden and the treasures it reveals through the seasons.
As a wedding venue there is an astonishingly sweeping green lawn and a triple arch (clad in ivy, jasmine and honeysuckle). Such backdrops offer the perfect scene for wedding photos.
In the garden beds near the house are roses, lilies, camellias, hydrangeas, alstroemerias, abutilons and a host of flowers John and Beng are still discovering. Some roses are at least 40 years old and are yet to be identified.
With a lot of older mature trees, The Landing is now in a new phase of its journey where older growth is being removed to create more light and, in the case of the creek, clear away old gnarled willows. The waterway is dry most of the year and only retains water after heavy rains so John and Beng are researching what plants will tolerate both the dry and being submerged in water.
As an established wedding venue, this garden has ample parking and toilets. It’s also flat and accessible for wheelchairs.
Landscaping plants and perennials for sale plus enjoy home made pikelets and tea in the garden – cash only.