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  Historic Everglades Gardens

Everglades Gardens are located in Leura within the Blue Mountains. Everglades is Australia’s first National Trust classified garden. The gardens comprise 5.2 hectares of garden and bushland and the historic Van de Velde House.

At the invitation of the National Trust of New South Wales, Mawland took up the lease of Everglades from the Blue Mountains City Council, then invested and coordinated $300,000 of renovation works to the Gardens and Van de Velde House, bringing both elements back to their original condition.  Mawland recently gifted all of the archive and cultural works to the National Trust for exhibition at Everglades.

Mawland developed a concept to encourage the ongoing maintenance of the historic gardens by way of a sympathetic guesthouse on adjoining land, though this did not proceed due to local government’s requirements). Nonetheless, Mawland was instrumental in:

  • managing a heritage landscaping specialist to prepare a Landscape Conservation Management Plan;
  • restoring the Paul Sorenson gardens over a two year period, including adaptation and restoration of an existing pool to become a new reflection pond, as a focal element of the gardens, and restoring numerous statues and curatorial items;
  • undertaking conservation works to the art deco Van de Velde House, including new electrical wiring, repairs to the roof, new plumbing to bathrooms and the complete repainting internally and externally of the building;
  • adapting the squash courts into an artists studio, requiring restoration and painting of the roof, floors and external walls, with the assistance of a program accessing long term unemployed people


The Mawland Group
45 Hume Street (PO Box 623), Crows Nest, NSW 1585, Sydney, Australia
Tel: 61 2 9437 0277 Fax: 61 2 9437 0288