I love to work with gardeners on their gardens. To help guide, share ideas, problem solve and leave people feeling confident about the next steps. This may only be tweaking small aspects of your outdoor space or it may be coming up with a whole new layout; it may involve hard landscaping or just the plants; you may be totally new to gardening or you may have heaps of experience. Either way, it’s all about taking your garden to the next level, ensuring both a functional and beautiful space that exactly meets your needs. To work with you to create something you never thought possible in your wildest imagination.
Gardening is always a forever journey. That’s one of its deep pleasures. It’s also a very personal thing: beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder. My role is to guide you towards your personal vision of beauty. Here are some photos of gardening journeys I have been privileged to be a part of:
Louise built a new house from scratch and couldn’t wait to get going on the garden. In just a couple of years she has utterly transformed the property and evolved our original design as she’s gone. We’re still regularly in touch some eight years on!
Simon was looking for a contemporary feel to his side garden, which had barely any plants left due to a large tree stealing moisture and nutrients. We decided on a Japanese-inspired design, added structure and ornamentation to the area and finished it off with irrigation to help it on its way
Joyce was soon to be retiring and thought she’d have a little more time to spend in the garden. Little did she realise how addictive gardening was and what a big part of her life it would turn out to be! There’s nothing nicer for me than seeing someone get so much immense joy from their garden.
I adore gardens with a sense of place so I was thrilled when Judy said she’d like a little piece of Australiana in her Canberra ‘backyard’. The space was small but now feels deceptively large with curves aiding the flow between a number of little sitting areas.
Helen loves gardening but wasn’t sure where to start. Rainwater run off, drought, kangaroos and rabbits all played havoc with her front garden, but once she was off there was no stopping her! I love that Helen still sends me photos of her garden from across the world.
Roger had a real challenge with a sloping back garden. We designed a semi-sunken fire pit to take best advantage of the bank and added retaining walls to give a more formal look. We just need a bit more plant growth now!
MY OWN JOURNEY
I’ve only once started my own garden (almost) from scratch, but I did have great fun with it. It was a very modern house with token landscaping by the builders. I wanted a soft, abundant look, despite the very dry climate, so picked drought tolerant plants that would thrive in the conditions. It took about 18 months from the top to the bottom picture.