As with any garden of great age, it has evolved over the years with each new owner and landscaper shaping its progress and adding their own touch. For the past five years, Hendrik van Leeuwen, managing director of Van Leeuwen Green Horticultural Services, has been at the helm, overseeing the weekly maintenance program and working closley with his team of consultants, landscape architects and heritage advisors to plan for the garden’s on-going success.
"Horticulturist Hendrik Van
Leeuwen’s garden offers much
food for thought. It’s a shining
example of a productive urban
garden and it shows how we could all
make better use of our backyards. It’s
truly astonishing to see how many
fruit and vegetables are thriving in this
15x48m patch. What’s more, the overall
effect is sensational..."
"Hendrik Van Leeuwen loves home-grown vegies and beautiful gardens. But Hendrik, one of Melbourne’s most successfullandscape designers, believes there’s no point growing vegetables and possessing a beautiful garden if you’re guilt-ridden over the precious water you’re using..."
"Gardens can be both productive and pretty, and Hendrik Van Leewen's backyard is proof of this. He is passionate about growing his own food, but wasn't going to sacrifice a good-looking garden for the sake of his vegetables..."
"But tucked away in Hughesdale, in Melbourne’s southeastern suburbs, is a garden where the dream has become reality — and winner of two first prizes in the 2009 Victorian Landscape Awards, one for best Sustainable Landscape, the other for Plants in the Landscape..."
"Although relatively young, landscape designer Hendrik Van Leeuwen has amassed enough knowledge - through testing in his own garden - to have some clear theories about how to design sustainably under water restrictions. Jenny Lyon visits his best advertisement - Leeuwen’s own backyard..."