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Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden: 23 years building a sanctuary

Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden: 23 years building a sanctuary

Lavendar Bay before Wendy Whiteley began work on it.

Lavendar Bay before Wendy Whiteley began work on it.

Wendy Whiteley garden in Lavender Bay. Prior to Ms Whiteley's transformation, the patch of land was overgrown with lantana and being used as an unofficial dump

Wendy Whiteley garden in Lavender Bay. Prior to Ms Whiteley's transformation, the patch of land was overgrown with lantana and being used as an unofficial dump

Wendy's Secret Garden - Wet with Rain. Sydney, Australia. - YouTube

Wendy's Secret Garden - Wet with Rain. Sydney, Australia. - YouTube

Wendy Whiteley garden in Lavender Bay, Sydney

Wendy Whiteley garden in Lavender Bay, Sydney

Wendy Whiteley's garden - The future of a much loved garden sanctuary on the shores of Sydney Harbour has been secured after the New South Wales Government agreed to hand over the land on a 30-year renewable lease.

Wendy Whiteley's garden - The future of a much loved garden sanctuary on the shores of Sydney Harbour has been secured after the New South Wales Government agreed to hand over the land on a 30-year renewable lease.

Wendy Whiteley's secret garden..A must visit on the shores of Sydney Harbour. - YouTube

Wendy Whiteley's secret garden..A must visit on the shores of Sydney Harbour. - YouTube

Wendy Whiteley's Lavender Bay garden oasis has become a Sydney icon - YouTube

Wendy Whiteley's Lavender Bay garden oasis has become a Sydney icon - YouTube

Fagan Park on Gardening Australia - YouTube

Fagan Park on Gardening Australia - YouTube

Secret Sydney 13: Fagan Park, Hills District - YouTube

Secret Sydney 13: Fagan Park, Hills District - YouTube

Secret Sydney 24: Paddington Reservoir - YouTube

Secret Sydney 24: Paddington Reservoir - YouTube

▶ Cockatoo in action, Hyde Park, Sydney - YouTube

▶ Cockatoo in action, Hyde Park, Sydney - YouTube

Australian brushtail possums at Hyde Park, Sydney. Hyde Park may not be a secret garden, but the wildlife -in the centre of a busy city- can be a surprise.

Australian brushtail possums at Hyde Park, Sydney. Hyde Park may not be a secret garden, but the wildlife -in the centre of a busy city- can be a surprise.

Sandringham Gardens in Sydney's Hyde Park North

Sandringham Gardens in Sydney's Hyde Park North

Sandringham Gardens in Sydney's Hyde Park North were developed to commemorate the intended visit in 1952 of King George VI. The memorial was designed as a sunken garden with a reflecting pool partly enclosed by a pergola, and associated with the King’s home at Sandringham, Norfolk, England. After the sudden death of the King, it was decided to dedicate the gardens as a joint memorial to the late King George V and the late King George VI.

Sandringham Gardens in Sydney's Hyde Park North were developed to commemorate the intended visit in 1952 of King George VI. The memorial was designed as a sunken garden with a reflecting pool partly enclosed by a pergola, and associated with the King’s home at Sandringham, Norfolk, England. After the sudden death of the King, it was decided to dedicate the gardens as a joint memorial to the late King George V and the late King George VI.