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Melanie Akerman, the only female school gardener in the State, selling her own award-winning garden on the northern beaches.

Melanie Akerman is a keen gardener and it is believed she is the only head female gardener employed at a NSW public school.

Often tradesman arrive at the northern beaches school asking to speak to her boss and are taken aback when he replies that she is the boss – in the school garden.

She fell into the role at Bilgola Plateau primary school after the head gardener fell ill. She breathed new life into the school garden adding native plants and lots of colour.

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Melanie in her own garden which stretches over 1000sqm of land.

“I hope I have been a positive role model to the girls at the school that when you put your mind and heart into a job anything is possible,” she said.

Mrs Akerman has also breathed new life into her own garden which has won awards, which attracted bus tours at one point and which is now on the market. The block is a generous 1100sqm with a large lawn, courtyard and five-bedroom house in Plateau Rd, Bilgola Plateau, with ocean views. The house goes to auction on Saturday November 30 and it has a $2.195 million guide.

“We inherited 70-year-old camellias and the most beautiful crimson magnolia which has been photographed by numerous photographers over the years as its flowers in the spring are simply beautiful,” she said.

The large deck looking out to the garden.

The recycled brick courtyard, another spot to entertain.

Original stonework division were unearthed that revealed the garden’s structure and Mrs Akerman constructed sandstone paths and a recycled brick courtyard with a firepit which has been a huge hit with children.

“From memory when we started working on the garden I’m certain we must have planted more than 600 box plants which are now beautiful established hedged borders, ten crepe myrtles have been planted of various colours and two Japanese elms as well as a grafted elm all providing fabulous autumn colour.

“Flowers are a huge love of mine, salvias, roses bulbs, geranium, lilies, hebes, 60-year-old hydrangeas and two Japanese standard ornamental cherry trees.

“We were also fortunate to inherit the most glorious azaleas which ever spring are show stoppers,” she said.

The Plateau Rd home has five bedrooms and two bathrooms.

There is a strong Euopean feel to the kitchen which has lots of storage.

The house itself is set back from the road and is full of European style, hardly surprising as the family had come from Belgium to buy the house and are now moving to Denmark.

Inside there are high ceilings, light-filled rooms, a wood-burning sandstone fireplace and a large well-equipped kitchen with European appliances.

Eight new sets of windows were installed and some woodwork was replaced as well as period features restored and replaced.

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It is close to Bilgola Plateau primary school, a kindy, shops, park and an express bus to the CBD.

“Our home would suit a young family with its abundance of space and room to play and a love of gardens and gardening and nature.

“The community in Bilgola has been extraordinary and I say this after living in three different countries nothing beats what we have experienced living up here. I sincerely hope we are blessed in the same way in Stockholm,” Mrs Akerman said.

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