About me


Photography by  Zoe Eley

Photography by Zoe Eley

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OWNER / PRINCIPAL DESIGNER

I grew up gardening with my beloved 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’m lost without one.

After decades as a veterinarian, raising a family and informally designing garden spaces, I graduated in Garden Design from Burnley College, Melbourne in 2015. My best career move ever.

My own gardens have ranged from suburban plots to rural properties, spanning Perth to Melbourne. I have grown vegetables, tended orchards, turned compost and raised chickens. I wholeheartedly endorse sustainable practices, reducing waste and making informed decisions about what we use. I currently live on an inner city block, with limited space but a glorious northerly aspect. I am practising the art of restraint in designing this new garden space.

Clients’ gardens are equally varied in location, size and features. I’m discerning about the jobs I take on and I never have more than three going at the same time. This allows me to give personalised service and deliver on my commitments. 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.

My Studio

My little bespoke studio is a bright, plant-filled home office that overlooks our own garden. This is a constant reminder that gardens are for the people who live in them. I am surrounded by a library of glorious books all celebrating plants, gardens, planting design and the people who love them. It’s a happy, productive space. It is also, frequently, a creative mess with an old Border Collie snoring in the sunshine by the door.

My Design Ethos

It’s modest really. I want to pique your curiosity about plants and foster an enjoyment of watching things grow. I want to encourage you to get out into your garden. I want to show you that beautiful can be functional, and vice versa.

My aim is to design a beautiful, dynamic and perfectly imperfect garden that will inspire and delight you. I will listen to your ideas, analyse the site and design a plant-filled garden that carefully synthesises aesthetics, functionality and quality. What may appear to be “just a garden” is actually a complex, multifaceted outcome of detailed observation and artistic, intuitive design. Your bespoke garden will be like no other.

Awards

Gold Award in the AILDM 2016 Landscape Design Awards (Recent Graduate Competition)