Fiona Thompson – Owner & Principal Designer
I grew up gardening with my grandmothers, mostly picking their cherished flowers, but also absorbing their practical wisdom and plant knowledge. I have always had a garden, or at least commandeered a corner of someone else’s. I can’t imagine not ever having one.
After twenty-five years as a veterinarian and raising a family, it was time to rethink my calling. I had been informally designing garden spaces for friends and family for more than a decade, thus I enrolled in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Garden Design at Burnley College, Melbourne, and graduated in 2015. My best career move ever.
My own gardens have ranged from suburban plots to rural properties, from Perth to Melbourne. Clients’ gardens are equally varied in location, size and features, and my portfolio continues to steadily grow. I’m inspired by the people I meet and their ideas. I simply help to clarify those ideas and turn them into a beautiful space that is meaningful to its people.
Gardens inspire, intrigue and soothe me, often in equal measure. Gardening still remains cheaper than therapy. Fact.
Our little bespoke studio is a light-filled home office that overlooks our own garden. This is a constant reminder to us that gardens are for the people who live in them. We are surrounded by a library of glorious books all celebrating plants, gardens, planting design and the people who love them. It’s a happy, creative space.
Our Design Ethos
It’s modest really. We want to pique your curiosity about plants and foster an enjoyment of watching things grow. We want to encourage you to get out into your garden. We want to show you that beautiful can be functional, and vice versa. Your bespoke garden will be like no other.
Our aim is to design a beautiful, dynamic and perfectly imperfect garden that will inspire and delight you. We will listen to your ideas, analyse the site and design a plant-centric garden that carefully synthesises form, functionality and beauty. What may appear to be “simply a garden” is actually a complex, multifaceted outcome of detailed observation and artistic, intuitive design.
Gold Award in the AILDM 2016 Landscape Design Awards (Recent Graduate Competition)