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WHO Landscape design is a combination
of environmental science, horticulture and
landscaping. But the designer usually doesn’t
have the advanced degree necessary to be a
landscape architect. It is common for them to
complete studies in horticulture at TAFE, then
work their way up in the field. They can create
gardens and outdoor spaces no less inspirational
than a landscape architect.
WHY They focus mainly on residential garden
design. They’re usually well trained in the art
of design and have a sound knowledge of plants
and soil structure. Many are members of the
Landscape Industries Association of WA (LIAWA).
WHAT A good landscape designer will create a
design customised to you and your home, says
Annette Griffiths of Evolve Landscape Designs.
Whether you’d like to entertain, create a family
haven or grow your own produce, they can
combine your needs with design principles and
plant knowledge. They work with everything
from the hardscaping to the plant selection.
Annette says the garden is an important part of the
home and people should be drawn to it. “Different
design techniques and the use of colour, texture
and plant placement can make a big impact when
seen from inside and outside,” she says. They’re
seeing more artistic elements, such as sculptural
panels, that add a personal touch. “Outdoor
entertaining and relaxing areas are still in huge
demand and people want to be surrounded by
lush, but waterwise, planting,” she says. The use
of vertical space is also a key element of current
design trends as block sizes shrink, she adds.
WHO These green thumbs are trained in the
science of culturing and producing plants, fruit
and vegetables, as well as the basics of garden
design. Extensive knowledge of plants is needed,
including nutrition and new ways of increasing
quality. A bachelor’s degree in plant science or
horticulture is required, although a master’s or
doctoral degree increases opportunities. Many
also become successful landscape designers.
WHY They can be a fantastic source of advice
and inspiration if you don’t need (or don’t have
the budget for) a complicated design. Essentially
Green’s Addy Arnold says people often call her
in when they already have a good idea of what
design they want, but need advice on plant
selection and placement. “Because I know the
plants and have many years of experience,
I correctly position them to allow the trees
and plants to look their very best, taking into
consideration their growth habit when reaching
maturity,” she says.
WHAT “I have the expertise to only recommend
plants that will survive WA environmental
conditions,” Addy says. She can also group plants
into ‘hydro’ zones to suit their water needs and
avoid wasting water on those that don’t need it.
In addition, she can advise on pests and disease
management, soil formulation, irrigation design
and transplanting. Addy recommends having a
horticulturist visit twice a year to ensure good soil
conditioning and irrigation. Landscape design
comes into it, as well. She says popular requests
lately are to include a vegetable patch or leave
space for children and pets to play in.
THE EXTERIOR STYLIST
WHO Exterior stylists take the design of your
outdoor space a step further by helping you
personalise it, says Monica Palmer of Empire
Lane. She and business partner Ceri Wagnell are
both horticulturalists and landscape designers,
but they also bring in their flair for design to add
the finishing touches and create a seamless flow
between the interior and the outdoors.
WHY With outdoor areas almost blending with
interiors now, it’s becoming more important to
pull interior design directions outside, so some
landscape design companies include this service.
WHAT They can bring in lighting and accessories
to make the space more ‘liveable’, Monica says.
They also have the product expertise to help bring
the inside out. “We know what elements to take
outside and also what you can use outside to
complement what you have inside,” she says, for
example, using the same benchtops in the alfresco
kitchen as in the indoor one, if the material is
suitable. Fabrics and colours can also add zest
and help integrate the areas, such as bringing in
cushions and wall paints in hues to match those
inside. Table settings can be created using colours
and flowers from the garden so the setting looks
as if it belongs. Themes can also be created, such
as the Moroccan look in the garden above.
CONTACTS Blake Willis Landscape Architects
0425 269 102; Empire Lane (08) 6262 7252,
www.empirelane.com.au; Essentially Green 0439 961 362,
www.essentiallygreen.com.au; Evolve Landscape Design
0409 378 072, www.evolvelandscapedesign.com.au.
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