BARBARA LANDSBERG Landsberg Garden Design
Barbara Landsberg is head of Landsberg Garden Design, a Sydney-based garden design practice.
She has lived on four continents and travelled on all but Antarctica. This has fed her fascination for the world, its people, how we live together, how we express ourselves, how we are expressions of our environments, and how we interact with our environments.
Barbara studied Horticulture at the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Garden in London and Garden Design at the London Inchbald School of Garden Design. On returning to Australia in 2006 Barbara worked on garden maintenance teams, learning hands-on the Australian flora and environment while studying the same at Ryde School of Horticulture.
She says, “I work with my clients to understand their needs, interests and wishes. I work to create for them an environment that fulfils these needs, develops their interests, fills their wishes – but this is not enough, the gardens I make for them transform, delight and heal. My job is to bring the needs and wishes of my clients together with the needs of the earth - to heal and restore balance and beauty. Every client is different, every site is different; I aim to sensitively honour and nurture both”.
Barbara’s favourite places are in her gardens, at her drawing board or very high up a mountain.
CATHERINE GARD Branch Out Landscape Design
Catherine Gard is an award winning landscape designer and director of Branch Out Landscape Design. Her interest in gardens began at an early age, growing edibles and flowers in her childhood home. Over the years her interest developed and culminated in a career change from Optometry to Landscape Design. She is passionate about creating outdoor spaces that respond to the local environment in both a sustainable and beautiful way. With a deep understanding of families and how they interact, she brings intelligence and a sense of harmony to each project. Thoughtful consultation with clients, along with the vision to see possibilities in each new situation, enable unique designs that reflect the brief and respond to the landscape. Catherine’s ability to create timeless and integrated outdoor spaces is paramount to her success. Most of her work is in residential gardens with a secondary focus on playground design.
ANDREW DAVIES Banksia Design Group
Andrew Davies is a creative person with vast experience in the landscape industry and show garden events. Andrew has extensive knowledge of horticulture, construction and the Council documentation process. With a background in graphic design combined with years of experience in building and managing landscape projects, Andrew is able to offer many creative ideas to his clients.
MICHAEL BATES Bates Landscape
Michael Bates started his career at the grass roots as an apprentice at Swanes Nursery and went on to study horticulture. He was mentored by Japanese master landscape architect Masayoshi Uchiyama before founding Bates Landscape in 1992 - now one of Sydney's leading landscape businesses.
He has created over 1,000 gardens in collaboration with the best of Sydney’s architects, designers and builders, bringing his trademark experience, energy and commitment to each and every project.
Michael’s own two gardens reflect his love and mastery of landform construction, his passion for seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor spaces, and his ability to create rich green havens in the heart of a city.
Michael is also the author of The New Australian Garden, an insider's account of the journey to design, construct and plant 18 landmark gardens that represent a new movement in Australian landscape design.
Tig Crowley Designs
Tig Crowley is a designer with ecological experience and knowledge in urban and public space landscapes; as well as coastal areas and the extreme climate of inland Australia.
He works with clients to design individualised and functional spaces that are ecologically, socially and economically enhancing.
Tig’s expertise is a result of being raised in a rural environment, managing his own farm and designing landscapes, gaining structural and horticultural knowledge. This enables him to personalise each design specifically to a client’s brief.
Passionate about designing and managing unique landscapes, Tig works to create interesting spaces which stimulate the senses, enhance ecosystems and provide food and shelter areas for social connections. He works closely with his clients and contractors to ensure the designs impart positive environmental outcomes and deliver a result enhancing property and lifestyle.
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LUKE BALDWIN Formed Gardens
Luke is a Landscape Architect and founder of Formed Gardens Pty Ltd.
While studying in Canberra he also worked for a residential Design and Construction firm which allowed him to gain practical experience and be involved in the implementation of his own designs.
The satisfaction taken from seeing concepts evolve into real garden spaces was a huge motivator for him.
Having always lived on Sydney’s Northern Beaches Luke moved back there after finishing his degree and working in a Sydney firm for approx. one year.
In 2009 he started his own Design and Construction practice which has been happily growing ever since.
Luke and the team at Formed Gardens are focused on using sustainable design principles to create personalised outdoor spaces that sit well within their environments.
The Longueville garden is a great example of this.
RICHARD RIMELL & BEN MUIRA Quercus Gardens
Following many winters gardening in the UK in the snow, rain and some sunshine: Rich met his Australian wife, which meant an inevitable move from the UK to the sunnier shores of Sydney. Enjoying the sophistication of Australian garden design and gardening in the sunshine Rich quickly settled and established Quercus Gardens.
Working with his great team, Rich has built a highly skilled team who believe in great design and immaculate construction, working hard to make the gardens they create the best possible.
With clients all over Sydney, Quercus creates outdoor spaces that are functional, relaxing and beautiful. Quercus is famous for listening to clients and answering the client brief at all life stages, offering ideas and support along the way.
For more detailed information about what Quercus offers please take a look at the Quercus website, or give them a call. They are always very happy to talk about gardens. And Aston Villa.
Richard has been building gardens since he was a whippersnapper. He earned his stripes working for himself and several of the best here in Australia and the UK. Rich was awarded a coveted silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show held annually in the UK for garden design and construction.
Rich gets a kick out of the seeing the designs come to life, and in particular he loves going back to a garden and seeing how much of a difference the space has made to the home life of his clients.
RICHARD UNSWORTH Garden Life
Richard Unsworth is a leading garden designer and owner of Sydney’s renowned Garden store Garden Life, based in St Peter’s.
Having grown up surrounded by nature in the North of England, Richard Unsworth developed a love of gardening from his parents and from an early age earned pocket money by working in the family garden as well as friends and neighbours.
After he moved to Sydney over twenty years ago he furthered his love of urban horticulture with formal study and started his first business focusing on inner-city garden design, Apartment Garden Living.
In 2001 he opened the first Garden Life store, located in Sydney’s Darlinghurst and continued to hone his natural talent for design and widened his design practice to work in larger spaces both in the city and further afield. In 2008 the move to larger premises in Redfern was made, and in 2015 the current store in St Peters opened
Richard’s love of travel and adventure takes him to places far and wide to find inspiration in discovering new and old wares and Gardenlife is a celebration of natural, unique and contemporary pieces and plants sourced both globally and locally.