Sonning Cottage


Bendles has used Edna’s style of gardening to bring privacy to the cottages and visiting guests.  Each cottage is screened with trees and shrubs.  A must with Edna’s style is each room is to open onto the garden (or as she preferred; to open onto an outdoor room), we have different views of the gardens from all windows.  I do love her particular loose style with repeat planting of similar plants throughout the grounds.  Also random planting adds an extra to the gardens.  The perfumes from the plants used are a delight.


We have been able to purchase a few of her books – there is only one still in print, the others we found online.  One in particular has a lot of her garden designs. Some sketched in pencil and others finished in water colour.  An extremely talented young woman.  Some of the gardens were very formal settings with swimming pools, stone fences and hedging. Others less formal with rock pools, casual seating built out of stone and loosely planted gardens.


Bendles Cottages lend their gardens to Edna’s early planting and design which was influenced by her English heritage.  Later in her designs she incorporated our native flora and instead of the stones walls; Edna used stone/rock to imitate how they would be in the natural surroundings.


This new love of the Australian bush came around the same time Edna purchased a block of land at Lorne to build her holiday home – 1948.  As per Edna’s style she built it herself with the help of long-time friend Joan Niewand.

An outdoor room designed by Edna Walling


Book a cottage Bendles Cottages Bed and Breakfast enjoy the gardens and we do have a small selection of Edna Walling books that can be borrowed during your stay.


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