Joan Cooper of 'Mirridong' at Cudal

Joan Cooper on the verandah at 'Mirridong'

In its heyday the walled garden and late Art Deco homestead at 'Mirridong' brought a touch of Californian glamour to the Central West. The present owner's grandfather Carl Schmidt built the house 1939 and it was his daughter Joan Cooper who made the garden surrounding it.

An enclosed swimming pool lined with potted lemon trees and attached pergola added further glamour to the expansive garden. Well placed statuary, a grand metal gazebo, dovecot, large scale terracotta pots, ponds and eclectic plantings.

This pair of elegant iron chairs stood in the gazebo overhung by a banksia rose.