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Home and garden to envy
By CATHERINE HEALY
Garden gurus: Graham and Louise Cleary's Kohimarama home is part of the NZ House & Garden tour next month.
Photos: JASON OXENHAM
Go to www.eastandbayscourier.
co.nz to see more photos of the
GARDENING comes naturally to
Graham Cleary -- it s what he s been
doing all his life.
His Ellerslie landscaping busi-
ness Natural Habitats takes care of
gardens all over Auckland.
Little wonder then that his own
home and garden are so immacu-
I started working as a gardener
when I left school and I ve never
really left it. I thought that being
able to run to work, dig holes all day
and run home again was really
With a 25-metre pool, spacious
deck, sheltered courtyard with out-
door firepit, a water feature and a
pond, you could say his 2500 square
metre property has all the features
his clients dream of.
Anyone wanting to take a peek
will have the opportunity next
month. Mr Cleary and his wife
Louise are opening their doors to
the public on March 9 for the NZ
House & Garden tour.
Proceeds go to the Cancer Society
and Look Good, Feel Better -- a
charity which helps women regain
their confidence after cancer treat-
The tour aims to raise $200,000
for the charities. Funds will be
allocated to regional branches
according to where the ticket buyers
live, so that participants can sup-
port people in their own communi-
This is not the first time Mr
Cleary has opened his four-bedroom
home for a fundraising tour. Anyone
who s been lucky enough to see
inside the Kohimarama home before
will notice some changes.
It s had some major renovations
and been reclad. The double-height
kitchen and dining space has been
repainted from blue to crisp white.
The garden has had some changes
too, after a large willow tree fell in
The couple enjoy living in such an
open-plan, spacious home and do a
lot of entertaining.
You can easily fit 200 to 300
people in here if you have to, Mr
The property wasn t always so
glamorous. When he bought the
land 15 years ago it required con-
siderable earthworks to create the
flat lawn at the front of the sloping
site and 1000 square metres of dirt
had to be used. Almost all of the
plants have been brought in.
The borders are cleverly planted
for maximum privacy so that from
the lawn you barely see the tops of
the neighbouring houses and your
eye is drawn to the sea in the dis-
When we came here we had wee
kids so it had to be family friendly.
The kids are in their 20s now and
they still occasionally bounce on the
Upstairs, the master suite has an
even better view out to the Coro-
mandel on a clear day. A dressing
room, large en suite bathroom and a
conservatory directly off the bed-
room complete the couple s private
At the back of the house the
sloping site was levelled out by cre-
ating a long, narrow swimming pool
along the boundary.
When clients are trying to decide
whether to put in a pool I tell them
teenagers will always be in a pool if
they can. So it s a question of
whether you want them at your
place or someone else s.
There are no door sales for this
self-drive tour which covers houses in
Mt Eden, Parnell and the eastern
suburbs. See www.ticketmaster.
co.nz for booking details.
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