A New Botanical GardenAugust 15, 2011
In February 2011, Cyclones Yasi and Anthony swept through leaving a trail of devastation. Hayman’s gardens were hardest hit, however after a few months of replanting, the gardens are looking more beautiful than ever.
Award-winning landscape designer and personality, Jamie Durie, and his team at Durie Designs were brought in to perform this remarkable horticultural transformation.
One of the main aims of Jamie Durie and business partner Colin Sainty has been to turn Hayman into a botanical garden. This meant going from 130 plant species to at least 350. Durie and Sainty seem to have overshot the mark, and Hayman is now home to over 600 species.
“I don’t think we’ve built a garden any quicker than this, as big as this with as much diversity,” Durie says.
Over the past 4 months over 33,000 plants have been bought in and planted making Hayman the only hotel with a botanical garden in the world.
Walking down Raintree Avenue, the gardens go from manicured lawns and delicate flowers to huge trees and lush green shrubs. Sainty refers to it as the Amazon, and that’s exactly what it feels like.
So much thought has been put into every aspect of these gardens. The look, the smell, the touch- nothing is an accident.
Forty different species of plants have been brought in for perfume alone.
Colin Sainty took me on a tour of the gardens and showed me the Michelia Champaca, which is the flower they make Chanel no.5 from and it smells heavenly.
“There’s one of these trees every 25 metres in the resort so everywhere smells amazing,” says Sainty
Flowers are growing on walls, out of tree trunks, in rocks, cracks and crevices, and they’re beautiful, “like the hanging gardens of Babylon,” says Sainty.
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