One of the four planned pergola-covered retreats.
One of the four planned pergola-covered retreats.

Building a garden among clouds

SERENE Living will take gardening to new heights with an innovative rooftop sanctuary.

The over-55s development in Tweed Heads, when completed in February 2012, will feature Australia’s largest rooftop garden.

Measuring more than a quarter of an acre, the garden will include organic vegetable patches, blossoming trees, three barbecue areas, comfortable seating and shaded picnic areas, complemented by panoramic views of the Tweed surrounds.

Planit Consulting landscape architect Samantha Baird designed the garden and described it as a "secluded retreat".

“We haven’t designed for a rooftop of this scale before,” Ms Baird said.

“Our vision for the roof top garden was to create a tranquil and inviting garden haven for all residents and their guests to sit back, relax and soak up the lush surrounds in style.”

The theme of the garden will centre on natural beauty highlighted by a flourishing mix of 2000 individual plants.

The garden will also include three water features and a giant granite chess board.

“This garden is designed to be a retreat for residents where they can sit back and relax in one of many reclining lounge chairs with a favourite book, play a game of cards with a friend under one of the four pergola-covered retreats, or potter around in the vegetable gardens,” Ms Baird said.

The low-maintenance vegetable gardens are designed for residents to tend and will house a combination of vegetables and herb varieties for the shared enjoyment of all residents.

Director of development company Proda, Ben Fuller, said they wanted to create a place that would add joy to the residents’ daily life.

“Our rooftop garden is designed to be a sanctuary for all residents, providing them with their own personal paradise, the perfect spot to entertain visitors or grandchildren and enjoy the pristine, uninterrupted views of the Tweed and its picturesque surrounds,” Mr Fuller said.

“We spent a lot of time in the research and development of this garden and enlisted the help of leading landscape architects to ensure that our residents can enjoy the best.

“We are thrilled with the response from future residents, all eager to experience the garden for themselves and exercise their green thumbs.”

Green thumbs

Garden clubs are a great way to grow your knowledge and meet new people. There are plenty of groups on the Tweed.

Here’s a couple.

  • Club Banora Garden Club: Phone (07) 5524 1544.
  • Murwillumbah Garden Club: Phone (02) 6672 2020.
  • Tweed Coast Garden Association: Phone (02) 6676 4402.
  • Twin Towns and District Garden Club: Phone (07) 5576 4228.
  • Uki Garden Club: Phone (02) 6679 5414.

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