I couldn't help noticing something interesting. The only human intervention in this natural coastal environment is to keep the track clear and remove exotic weeds. And yet all the elements we might expect to find in a well-designed garden are here. Come with me and see what I mean.
Paths wandering through beds of canopy, understorey and groundcover plants beckon us on to hidden areas of the garden:
Informal flowering hedges create a dramatic skyline.
To extend the season of interest, decorative seedheads are allowed to remain after flowers fade:
Textures are contrasted masterfully.
Through naturally framed "windows", we catch glimpses of a borrowed landscape, or in this case, seascape.
Along the way we suddenly come upon wide vistas
and interesting small details.
The garden is built on different levels,
supported by stone retaining walls.
It contains many water features. Some are shallow, still pools.
Others provide the refreshing sight and sound of moving water splashing over rocks.
Around one bend we come upon a picturesque ruin;
around another, a naturalistic sculpture.
As we leave the garden, a final long axis leads the eye to a grand architectural focal point.
The garden is open to the public every hour of every day of the year and entry is free.