A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 7th 2013
Can you find it?
Nestled in with suburbs, immediately north of the Harbour Bridge, is the whimsical world of Wendy's Garden. Wendy is the wife of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, and the two of them were parents to actress Arkie Whiteley. Following the death of Brett and Arkie, Wendy revamped some run-down land in Lavendar Bay. She created a serene sanctuary for the ashes, and one of the most beautiful public areas in Sydney.
Finding the garden is an adventure in itself. There are several entries; unfortunately I'm only a little familiar with one that was reached via Milsons Point. If you take this path, you will see bright colours, warped mirrors, and giant spinning objects. Through Luna Park, along the water's edge, and up through some nooks and crannies of the Lavendar Bay terraces, you will either get lost or entwine your way into Wendy's Garden. I'd say getting hold of a map or someone who knows the area well would pay off, especially since there are no signs.
Wendy's Garden is a picture perfect location for picnicking, exploring, and admiring some intricate gardening. If it's a forty degree day, you may also find yourself soothed while sitting within range of the sprinkler, as we did. I love how the garden consists of several levels. There are a set of terracing narrow pathways used to access particular points like the cliff with a clear view of the harbour (note there are several other points in the garden that provide the same views). Beware of one thing while trekking the pathways; the exotic-looking bugs. A few yellow spiders swinging at face-level, green flies, and something turquoise, felt pretty game with approaching people. Not a highlight for bug-o-phobes like myself.
Several picnic tables can be found throughout the garden. Some of these are in well-shaded spots, and some are quite unique outdoor sets. These along with statues, antiques like the rusty wheel barrow, and the diverse selection of plants enhance the artistic ambience of the garden. I feel a more personal touch is also added by the herb patches.