Earthstyle Spring Summer 2021

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CONTENTS

Table of Contents President's Report - Andrew Grasby, President, LVML...............................................................5 CEO Report - Megan Flower, Chief Executive Officer, LVML...........................................7 Top Cover Image: Landscape of the Year - Residential, Lisa Ellis Gardens, "Skyline", Melbourne Project Photo Credit: Erik Holt Photography Bottom Cover Image: Landscape of the Year - Commercial, Warrandale Industries, 'Arid Garden' project at the Royal Botanic Gardens Photo Credit: Jon Croft Photography Earthstyle is published twice a year. For all advertising and editorial enquiries contact the publisher. Publisher: Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers Sector Offices, Suite 7, Level 3 2 Brandon Park Drive Wheelers Hill VIC 3150 t 03 9566 7284 e admin@landscapingvictoria.com.au www.landscapingvictoria.com.au Editor: Megan Flower Design: Pufferfish Marketing www.pufferfishmarketing.com.au Printing: HMS Marketing www.hmsmarketing.com.au Photography: Members own images unless stated Earthstyle © 2021. The material contained in this publication is general comment and is not intended as advice on any particular matter. No reader should act on the basis of any article. Readers should consult professional advisors. All care is taken in the preparation of the publication but no responsibility is accepted by Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers for the accuracy of the published information.

Health Warning to Gardeners using Potting Mix - LVML & Anthony Scott...............................................................................9 Introducing your 2021 - 22 Board.................................................................10 Smart technologies for Smart Irrigation - Smart Water................................................................................................11 Money does grow on trees - Warners Nurseries...................................................................................... 13 Charlie's Garden - A Make A Wish Project ..............................................................................14 2021 Years of Membership...........................................................................19 2021 Industry Awards Showcase................................................................. 20 Full list of Award Winners............................................................................ 43

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From the President President's Report

With the focus on trying to stay connected, we continued our virtual events from last year including providing regular forums for our members by way of the Virtual Beer Garden and the Back Shed. The Podcast series - The Front Garden - where Chris and Tyson took us on a journey with some terrific guest interviews, informed and entertained us on a variety of topics. Our major events were severely disrupted again. The face-to-face member events delivered between lockdowns were restricted to our fully subscribed golf day, which was enjoyed by all attendees, our Partner Summit to thank our terrific premium partners who have remained solid with their Association sponsorship during very trying times, and the inaugural Presidents Lunch where past Presidents from as far back as 1977 gathered for a moment of reflection and celebration of the Association’s growth and success. The main highlight came in May, when we were able to (with one day to spare before another lockdown), present The Landscape Show at Caulfield Racecourse. The event was a tremendous success and received great feedback from both Exhibitors and Attendees.

A key strategic focus over the last year has been membership communication. This was critically important because of the number of significant changes made by the restrictions, the confusion around the lack of detail, and the constant changes being made to the rules on a regular basis. LVML was able to seek clarity and articulate the CHO’s determinations to our various membership groups, albeit very slow at times waiting for clarifications from the bureaucrats. We worked extremely hard during the year advocating to the Government to put forward positive recommendations for safe work practices to keep our industry open and protect the livelihoods of our members. Several different strategies were taken in our approach, including joining other industry associations to form a larger advocacy group. The Government response on all occasions was clinical and disappointing at best.

ANDREW GRASBY PRESIDENT LANDSCAPING VICTORIA MASTER LANDSCAPERS

I would like to thank all members for putting faith and trust in your Association to be the professional body to help you navigate through a very difficult situation. My thanks go to your Board, and sincere thanks to our hard-working Executive team led by Megan, who have all worked under extreme pressure at times for the benefit of our members. We are looking forward to the next year being a year of opportunity, and with the vaccination strategy currently in place, the signs are positive that in the not-too-distant future, we may return to business as (somewhat) usual. Take care and stay positive, Andrew Grasby President

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These restrictions have really created a year of disconnection for everybody. Being limited in regard to our ability to work, travel, and socialise has had an effect on everybody’s wellbeing. This has been apparent with our members’ welfare, and we have had to find ways to remain connected with our members without being able to have many face-to-face interactions.

Our membership has increased substantially over the last year and I welcome and thank all new members.

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It has been an incredibly challenging year for everybody living in the state of Victoria, particularly Melbourne, having experienced over 250 days of lockdown.


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From the CEO

CEO Report Are you a glass half full, or empty, person?

My greatest hope is that everyone’s glass is half full and that you have an optimistic outlook despite the disruptive year experienced. We’ve overcome major hurdles thrown at us and it is now time to make a clear run for the future.

It was an extraordinary effort carried out by dedicated and diligent members and independent industry professionals. Giving their time and expertise, their sustained enthusiasm to carry out this onerous task is critical to maintaining the integrity of these Awards which is fundamental to their continuing success.

Our industry is booming like never before, and demand for professional services are registering on the extreme end of the Looking back on 2021, you'd have to say it was certainly scale. an 'interesting' one. Navigating lockdowns and everOur job now as an Association is to support you through changing restrictions proved challenging at times, but I was this new set of issues to the best of our ability. A focused strategy developed by the Board will underpin our direction, "I'd like to thank the judges for their amazing but some of the major projects we will be undertaking, or are involved with, alongside other Associations or Government efforts this year to evaluate the highest number departments will be: of entries I have seen in the last 7 years to judge in

As this is the Awards edition of Earthstyle, I’d like to thank the Judges for their amazing efforts this year to evaluate the highest number of entries I have seen in the last 7 years to judge in very trying circumstances.

immensely proud of how Members accepted and dealt with all of the upheaval. It wasn't easy for anyone, but I thank you all for doing your bit, and also thank those who often checked in with us here at LVHQ to see how we were all managing. A particular highlight though for me this year would have to be building Charlie's Garden (see pages 16-17). To see how the landscaping community came together, sacrificing their first weekend out of lockdown to build a garden for this delightful child instead of being with their own family & friends impressed me beyond words. Although I should not have been surprised - landscapers really are an amazing group of people and I am grateful to be involved in such a wonderful industry. As the year winds to a close, I'd like to thank the Board for their ongoing dedication to sustain the work of the Association, and in particular President Andrew Grasby for his support and mentorship. And of course, my immense thanks to all staff for keeping me sane on the roller-coaster ride of 2021, in particular Colleen Stromei and Darren Free for their dedication to continually look for ways to improve processes and outcomes in the business, and to Nicole Minster, our Jill-of-all Trades consultant for stepping in to help whenever needed and doing it with aplomb.

We were effectively in lockdown at the time, so judging was carried out on most projects with one judge on site and others Here's to a very full glass in 2022, looking at the job and questioning the onsite judge as to various elements via a video link. Megan Flower CEO

MEGAN FLOWER CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER LANDSCAPING VICTORIA MASTER LANDSCAPERS

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» Addressing staffing shortages and attracting newcomers to the industry, including growing the number of female landscapers in our ranks » Providing input and feedback to National Training Packages » Continuing our development to work towards an Advanced Diploma of Landscape Design and Construction to support the future registration of designers » And of course, our focus on promoting our Members as the best in the business and growing our membership numbers Our regular activities, events and involvement in the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, the Backyard & Garden Show and our own trade event, The Landscape Show, all assist in maintaining our brand profile which in turn provides you with industry accreditation.


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Money does grow on trees:

The value of plants in the landscape

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show highlights the importance of plants in the landscape. No matter how impressive the construction, rockwork, and paving, it’s the plants that are the heroes, breathing life into the award-winning structures around them. This is never more apparent than when the gardens are being dismantled at the end of the show. When the plants are gone, all that is left is an empty shell stripped of life, lacking structure, balance and vibrance. “Planting day” is often referred to by landscapers and clients alike as the most exciting day of a landscape project. When the framework is completed and the foundations in place, the plants go in adding a myriad of colour, texture, height, and form. From ground covers sprawling across newly laid rock to towering feature trees giving scale and substance. Designers and contractors, when quoting, may fall into the trap of undervaluing the importance of plants. Planting undersized or average plants will not produce an outstanding looking landscape. Including premium plant stock in a garden design is an investment for the future. A recent article penned by Sue Williams of domain.com quoted “Good landscaping can increase the value of a home by 15-20 per cent and, perhaps by 25 per cent.”

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The return on investment from well-established plants is not only financial. The effect of a visual barrier from plants cannot be understated. It can also help to reduce street noise, create shade in the summer, and add to enjoyment of our surroundings. And whilst it is not always possible to spend time in the garden all-year round, (especially in Melbourne!), the visuals of a beautifully designed and constructed garden are ever-present. There has been a great deal of commentary recently surrounding the environmental conference COP 26 in Glasgow, with much of the focus on what “big business” and Governments can do to curb climate change. At the end of the day, we all play our part and can contribute to the solution. Planting trees and shrubs is one of the most beneficial and rewarding things we can do, and we have the privilege of making it our job in line with our strong industry drive to increase the amount of green life in the urban environment. Notwithstanding our environmental responsibilities, the ‘personal wellbeing’ benefits to the garden owner cannot be underestimated. This all plays its part in thinking of and understanding the true value and importance of plants in the landscape. We all know a happy client is willing to invest more in their project – you can keep them happy, and increase your return by planting more trees…

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Of course, in essence, this was nothing new. In “The Garden State”, drive down any leafy street, and picture it without any plants, a stark collection of bricks, timber, concrete and cars. Gardens make us feel good and reduce stress levels, cool us and our environment down, filter our air and produce oxygen. They are our ultimate life source.

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The last 18 months have seen people reconnecting with their gardens in the suburbs of Melbourne, across the country, and the globe. As the reality of lockdowns hit, we had the time to re-evaluate what was important to us. We appreciated more than ever, the benefit of green spaces and gardens for our mental and physical wellbeing. From the simplest collection of herbs and flowering shrubs on a balcony to our parks and reserves, green space gave us the respite from restrictions we longed for. As countries have emerged from lock down the love of gardening and value of plants has endured.



Health warning to gardeners using potting mix THE FACTS Legionella longbeachae is a cause of Legionnairs' disease, a form of pneumonia. •

Early symptoms resemble the flu and begin to appear two to ten days after exposure.

The risk of disease is increased with age, smoking, and in people with weakened immune systems.

Not only that, it has taken Anthony up until now to feel 90% back to normal. He still feels remnants of the symptoms and has a persistent cough he never had before. It can have a huge impact on your way of life and your ability to work.

Legionnaires' disease can be fatal in a small number of people in these at-risk groups.

The ingredients and dampness in potting mix makes it an ideal breeding ground for the bacteria.

"We have some awareness in the industry that these things can happen, and you do have to be unlucky", remarks Anthony. "But if you are dealing with this stuff, you need to consider the safety aspects just as if you were dealing with machinery or power tools."

To minimise the risk of exposure, gardeners should always follow the manufacturer's safety instructions, wear a mask and gloves when handling soil, compost or potting mix, and wash hands with soap and water after handling soil and before eating, drinking, smoking or placing hands near the face or mouth.

"The industry is well positioned to educate the public in how to safely work in their own back yards, particularly gardeners working in residential properties with clients who have a keen gardening interest." And it happens more than you hear about. 3AW shared a story in early October regarding the loss of a 79 year old man to Legionella. He was a fairly fit man who simply opened a bag of potting soil for his wife - he didn't even touch the soil. Within a day or so of not feeling well and given the state of play these days, he went and had a COVID test. The next day he had become so unwell his family called an ambulance and after a short stint in the Emergency Room, he ended up in the ICU ward, intubated, then passing away only 4 days later.

ANTHONY SCOTT LANDSCAPE DESIGN LVML MEMBER & HEAD JUDGE, 2021 INDUSTRY AWARDS

34 people in Victoria have been reported of having Legionella Longbeachae infection since January 2021. The message from the 3AW family, and from Anthony, is that it's important to speak up about it, to put more prominent warnings on the bags, and educate people of the issue. The Victorian Department of Health has a Health alert on its website with information about what it is, who is at risk, symptoms and transmission. They call Legionnaires disease an 'urgent' notifiable condition that must be notified to the department by medical practitioners.

LINKS TO SOURCES: https://www.health.vic.gov.au/health-advisories/health-warning-to-gardeners-using-potting-mix https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/ConditionsAndTreatments/legionnaires-disease https://omny.fm/shows/afternoons-with-dee-dee/heartbroken-familys-warning-after-bag-of-potting-m

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Anthony became so ill after making special mixes for his vegetable garden using potting mix and other bagged organic matter he spent 7 days in hospital in late December last year.

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Whilst many in the Industry are aware of the dangers of legionella longbeachae, a bacteria commonly found in potting mix, no one knows it better than Anthony Scott, LVML member and this year's Industry Awards Head Judge.


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Our Board

The first Board meeting for the new year - virtually of course!

Introducing the newest members of the 2022 Board by Andrew Grasby

I would like to recognise three years of service from outgoing Board Members Tyson Owen and Greg Carrick and give special thanks to Georgia Harper who concluded six years of service on the Board, three as our President, from 2017 - 2020. On behalf of all Members, and the Directors who remain in service, I would like to welcome Ros McCully, Justin Hart and Ian Barker to the Board. Here is a brief introduction to them:

Ian Barker - Ian Barker Gardens: When he's not honing his apiary skills or playing golf, Ian is passionate about giving back to the Landscaping Industry! Ian experienced the satisfaction of helping shape the future direction of the industry whilst learning a tremendous amount from others during his time on the LVML Board in 2003 - 2007. He was heavily involved with the team that made building registration for our sector a reality and one that he and others are immensely proud of.

Ian is looking forward to being able to influence the revenue side of the Association with a mission to increase revenue beyond membership and sponsorship to a point where there is no financial barrier for a landscaper to join. Ros McCully - Ros McCully Garden Designs: When she's not travelling (or busy planning to travel, as has been the case for the past 2 years!), Ros has been working for herself as a landscape designer and has been an active LVML member for 15+ years. She's attended numerous events, provided her services as a design consultant in the LVML dome at MIFGS as well as being involved in the show gardens themselves. Ros feels it's now the right time to give back to the Industry by being on the Board. Her small business experience will add a different perspective to the Board and she's looking forward to the opportunity to keep on learning. "I feel it is important that by being on the Board I can be there to support many members, especially other Landscape Designers who are small business owners just like me." Justin Hart - C. Fulton Pty Ltd When he's not ferrying his young kids off to sporting events and spending some quality down time with them, Justin's now looking forward to giving back to the Landscaping Industry as part of the Board. "It's a good time to contribute: Fultons get a fair bit out of the Landscaping Industry so it makes absolute sense to contribute and work together to further strengthen the industry". Justin is looking forward to work on increasing the involvement of women in the industry and to support the growth and legislation of industry standards. This includes the recognition of qualifications achieved through formal training and the necessity to have these qualifications to perform certain projects. He is also keen to recognise and ensure greater participation of LVML within the construction industry and especially with the relevant government authorities.

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On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank everyone for putting trust in YOUR Association, to continue to be the professional organisation that we all need it to be.

"I believe that my time as a business owner has taught me much. There have been many who assisted me along my path in business, so I hope to now pay some of that kindness forward. I understand there is always so much to do, and I am keen to assist in any way I can."

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As mentioned in my report earlier in the publication, your Board is looking forward to next year being a year of opportunity. We continue to plan for, and invest in, ways to improve service delivery and to increase member benefits through prudent budgeting and containing operating costs.


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These ground-breaking irrigation technologies have opened a new world of remote operation, problemsolving, and maintenance for service crews. Where an irrigation installer would once have to personally attend a client's property to conduct troubleshooting or adjust scheduling, smart irrigation allows professionals to make the necessary adjustments from anywhere in the world, streamlining the delivery of service for the customer and service crews alike. Targeted irrigation that is measured and mindful is the only way to ensure that we can prevent wasting our precious resources while still ensuring our landscapes will remain healthy and hydrated for years to come. We must ensure that the systems that maintain our outdoor spaces remain as efficient as possible in a world where internet-based technologies and automated systems are introduced and improved. 15 of 4 4

The irrigation industry, whilst slow to get started, is now on par with technologies that are smart, automated, and work harmoniously with nature. During an irrigation season, up to 40% of total household water consumption can go directly to the landscape. Smartbased technologies are the only sensible way forward.

These features make modern smart controllers ideal for any landscape big or small. They can be customised to care for different zones, plants, and social spaces within the same area without sacrificing water and energy efficiency or affecting plant performance.

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Life has been revolutionised by advancements in technologies that allow us to communicate information, from anywhere. These smart technologies feature a great modern design that allows for multiple communication modes and almost infinite functionality, thanks to their ability to connect to and communicate via the internet. These smarts apply to indoor environments and are designed for use in the outdoors. This includes access to water, energy, security, and operations.


From the blank canvas......

...emerges Charlie's vision.

Thank you to the many non-Member businesses who also assisted:

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Charlie's Garden:

How on Earth could we make this happen and help this little boy whose sole wish was to have a garden when we had no Members in the town, and everyone was so busy anyway? The answer was to just ask. The response to any question I asked of any Member was a resounding ‘yes’ when I relayed Charlie’s wish, his brief of all the things he wanted in his garden, and why our delivery of the project would be so important to him, and his family. I also received a ‘yes’ from past Members and non-Members – it was a phenomenal reaction with every call made.

Skip forward to the last weekend of October and a merry band of Members from Melbourne and Regional Victoria descended on Charlie’s backyard. In just in two days they built the foundation elements.

With my weary muscles recovered and my faith in community significantly swelled, I feel a need to personally thank everyone involved in this project.

are not part of our industry (but fit in perfectly) but got involved because they are great humans and dug in for the cause, to Marcus who quietly went about his business without fuss or fanfare, to Anthony who would normally do this type of work with a camera crew in tow but gave up his time to fly under the radar, to Brad and Liam, who gave us all nicknames, hashtags and laughs, to Gideon who gave so much ooomph on both days, to Russ, Mark, Adam and Nicki the team of Sunday Soldiers who completed the detail, to Megan for orchestrating the gig from the outset and keeping the troops fuelled and to Erin and the Make a Wish Foundation, a big thanks.

What a band of giving humans.

This to me is what makes life worthwhile.

From Roy for the design and details to the largely invisible Shane who gave us our perfectly detailed blank canvas, to Zac who led from the front and coordinated every detail, to Brenton and Cade who

In the words of Michael Caton, "Do as much good as you can, while you can." That's what we all did and the joy shown by Charlie, Ellie, Merryn and Tony throughout the weekend validates the two way nature of committing to projects like this.

The efforts of everyone involved in that build and the wonderful sense of mateship that developed is best summed up by participant Brian Rankin (Life Member) when he wrote to everyone afterwards:

Enormous thanks to the Build Crew: • Zac Connell - Evergreen G&L Solutions • Brad & Liam Andrews - Brad Andrews Landscaping • Russ Sweetman, Mark, Adam & Nicki - Maroondah Landscapes • Marcus Stubbs – Branch Landscaping • Anthony – Anthony Scott Landscape Design • Gideon Cox – Ball Australia • Brian Rankin

• Ramey and the Hort team from Speciality Trees Benalla who followed up with the planting in dreadfully wet conditions. • And to non-Members without whom the project would not have got off the ground: • Roy Roberts Landscapes – design and plans • Flynn's Landscaping – site clearance • Brenton Simpson & Cade Baker - HC Civil

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After receiving a phone call in July from Erin Thompson, Wish Designer, at the Make A Wish organisation asking for assistance to find a landscaper in Wangaratta in order to deliver a wish for a little boy called Charlie, I was left scratching my head a little, to be honest.

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Over the last couple of years, it’s needless to say, that life in general has been very different. We have had to learn to go without and to adapt, both in our personal and professional lives. Getting back to some kind of sense of ‘normal’ is what most of us have hankered for. Whilst we might have been adapting and doing things a little differently this year, it was such a great feeling to have the LVML Awards program back up With lockdowns and restrictions to navigate this year, it meant that the judging process would need to adapt. Even with some of the complexities and running, despite the required virtual delivery! that were in front of us, the one thing that stood out for me above all The 2021 Victorian Landscape Awards have yet again showcased was just how dedicated each and every judge is in ensuring the diligent some of the extraordinary talent our fellow members are doing out in processes established are carried out, and that the high standard, that the field. The judges saw amazing displays of design, construction, and has been set over many years, is maintained. maintenance across both our commercial and domestic categories. It also reinforced just how thorough the judging criteria is for each The Apprentice of The Year, Rising Star and our new category The category, which I really think is something we should be proud of as an Nick Van Diemen award also attracted some fantastic entries. industry. These Awards of Excellence are the benchmark that define who takes home the top prizes across each category, and with a record number of I would like to take the opportunity to thank Landscaping Victoria Master incredible entries received this year we rely heavily on the expertise our Landscapers for making the awards possible again and in particular, Megan Flower, for the power of work that she does each year to make the small army of judges bring to the table. execution of a complex program like this look so effortless. To all of those As with every year I have been involved in the awards, I have not only that came away with a win or a commendation this year, congratulations been humbled by the amazing work our members are doing but also on a job well done; to all our entrants, good on you for participating and I equally delighted by the commitment, passion, and professionalism of hope you got a lot out of the experience; and to our judges and the Board our judges. and Staff of LVML, thanks for putting on another ripper!

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COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE OF THE YEAR

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Images by Jon Croft Photography Warrendale Industries’ execution of the “Arid Garden” impressed the judges with its challenging site conditions, execution of trade skills and complex planting needs. Strict requirements within the Royal Botanic Gardens impacted heavily on every aspect of construction, and the attention to detail needed for the transplant and installation of prized cacti & succulents was superb, providing variation in heights, textures and sightlines across the landscape. From the stonework of the steps to the custom stenciled and sandblasted seats, high quality finishes have been delivered to illustrate both an innovative result and exceptional trade skills.

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Well done to the team at Warrendale Industries, winners of Commercial Landscape of the Year, proudly presented by StrathAyr.


RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE OF THE YEAR

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Images by Erik Holt Photography Rooftop gardens pose many complexities and this garden showed all the hallmarks of an incredibly well orchestrated space, cleverly using luxurious and uniquely chosen plants to create a visual journey directing you through distinct zones for both relaxation, and entertaining. A visually stunning outcome, the garden cleverly extends the living areas of the apartment and provides privacy where needed. The spectacular views are cleverly embraced and framed and the award-winning “light rod” feature extends the view by emulating city skyline buildings. Lisa Ellis Gardens have delivered a masterclass in rooftop design, plant selection, and construction.

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Congratulations to Lisa and the team for taking out the award for Residential Landscape of the Year – Proudly presented by StrathAyr.


HARD STRUCTURES IN THE LANDSCAPE

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Images by Patrick Redmond Starting with exceptionally detailed plans and following through with complex details such as flawless crazy paving, the high standard of this garden is universally evident from the moment you enter the front gate.

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Exceptional workmanship is on display across every element and the degree of care shown by the team at Nature's Best far outweighs the lack of scale, achieving a standard every landscaper should all aspire to.


SOFTSCAPING IN THE LANDSCAPE

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Images by Erik Holt Photography A stellar rooftop garden project with perfect plant choices for an open, exposed environment by Lisa Ellis Gardens has created a feeling of sanctuary and calmness. Planting of the highest standard complements this incredible location with views perfectly framed through inventive plant selection of many varieties not often seen in mainstream residential landscapes. These ingenious plant combinations enhance the sculptural art installations culminating in a project delivering true horticultural excellence.

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Refer to Page 43 for a full list of all Award recipients including Highly Commended and Commended.


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DESIGN UNDER 100SQM NOR M AR K L ANDSC AP E S S E DDON PROJ E C T

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A lovely garden with a definite ‘wow’ factor has been delivered in this compact space, even creating different zones for children to play and adults to relax. Attention to detail in all aspects of the design are evident from the lush plant palette to the 3 steel arches adding height and balance to help with the feeling of space and ownership within the confines of the tall neighbouring brick walls either side.

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Showing beautiful and clever use of space, this project by Nature’s Best Landscapes combines traditional and modern elements to reflect the architecture. Through astute planting and paving decisions, attention has been given to the use of textures, colours, and materials to address the differences in the front and back garden areas. An inviting garden to move through, this is a garden that will continue to grow and look even better with time.

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DESIGN OVER 400SQM

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The planting consideration is excellent given the extreme condition the balcony would endure and the feature sculptural installations are breath-taking in their own right. Illustrating excellent design aesthetic which creates a sense of belonging to the home and the site, it is the thought and detail of the design of this space that sets this garden apart and makes it an outstanding winner.

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The overall design by King’s zones the garden well and makes the pool a real focal point of the space, and the judges were impressed with its siting, the arbour, the very clever wind break and the planter boxes all working together to frame the overall package. The elevation of the pool works well, eliminating the need for pool fencing that would hurt the design, resulting in an overall balance of form, function and balanced aesthetic.

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POOL - CONSTRUCTION

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A beautifully presented and planned project, this pool provides a generous functional swimming experience which is in keeping with the grandeur of the property. All elements of the pool are of a very high standard and demonstrate detailed construction skill. Very well set out, the locations of the skimmer, internal fittings and steps and ledges are beautifully considered, all of which is complemented with a well-positioned and planned equipment installation that is ideal for performance and noise, and easily serviced.

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COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION UNDER 500K

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This project displayed a highquality finish across both hard and softscape works. Fine details on the project included first-rate formwork as well as the use of high-quality materials. The benches and seats blend concrete work and timber together brilliantly with seamless transitions, and subtle inset lettering and images have a noticeable impact on the overall landscape. The maturing garden beds set it all off thanks to design highlights and excellent plant stock. Phyaphotgr by Dean Bradbury

COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION 500K - 1.5M

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From the hand excavation around existing historic trees to the careful placement of basalt rocks consistent with the Guilfoyle-design style, this project has been built with careful understanding and love of the craft of landscaping. Warrandale’s delivery of a wonderful design by Andrew Laidlaw exemplifies the detailing and exceptional quality of a landscape that will become an iconic place in the Royal Botanic Gardens and a favourite for many visitors.

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The “Arid Garden” is a timeless example of a stunningly beautiful and a very well-constructed project.


COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION OVER 1.5M

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The quality of materials used throughout this project by ACE cannot be questioned and the well-selected plants add to the textural layers of the space. Soft landscape items such as garden beds and lawns are well drained and showing excellent growth. The attention to detail shines throughout the features of this landscape and with a high degree of difficulty in construction, the finishes show off the skills of the tradespeople involved.

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RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION 30 - 75K

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Normark’s compact project in this inner-city area is a great use of space particularly in the back yard entertaining area. Great workmanship has been shown through the stone driveway, the concrete bench for the BBQ area and the use of a curved edged for the steel edging and finishing timber bench seat was great. The plant selection and ground covers in the back yard were carefully selected and finished the back area off to perfection. The judges commented that the edible front garden was portrayed brilliantly, and the front garden was finished off with a great plant selection for the tight space.

RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION 75 - 150K

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From the excellent set out to the precision cuts, gaps and joins, the challenging levels of this project were met head on and delivered excellent results despite the high degree of difficulty. Capped off with quality materials and plant stock, this is a space that has settled in beautifully and will stand the test of time.

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RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION OVER 250K

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A beautiful contemporary space in keeping with the modern residence, the practical lifestyle offering starts with the lush and welcoming entrance and continues to the backyard where plantings offer the perfect balance of nature and lifestyle with wonderful outlooks provided from every room of the house as well as within the pool-side and al-fresco spaces.

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Use of a broad range of soft-coloured and textured natural stone products for the pathways and paved areas is both traditional and cutting edge and technical construction of the garden is of exceptional standard and consistency.


RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION 150 - 250K

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This garden from Nature’s Best Landscapes is a great example of what Residential landscaping should be – high quality construction coupled with exceptional softscaping. Erin Green and his team have again delivered on all fronts, from the excellent set out, to the high quality material selection and excellent trade skills being applied to every small detail.

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SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE

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Introducing truly sustainable housing developments within the restrictions of typical regulations is a truly herculean effort which The Cape has succeeded in doing. The development considers every aspect of sustainability, always in a meaningful and rigorous fashion, never taking the easy way out or resorting to tokenism. The design combats the Urban Heat Island effect and has in every way strived to achieve carbon neutrality. The success of the project is evidenced by the vast increase of animal species that have inhabited the development in a short period of time. Image by Will Hamilton-Coates

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The innovation they continue to demonstrate is an exemplar of the industry, and the success of their practice is heard through deafening frog song and by the many birds that grace what was recently an agricultural drain devoid of life. The incredibly nuanced plant selection has resulted in a low maintenance, high performing landscape that has multiple ecological and social benefits.

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Simple and elegant light fittings of varying heights are thoughtfully set out and installed to work harmoniously with both the garden and the vertical lines of the surrounding cityscape view.

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The subtle, ambient light rods only embellish what is already a beautiful garden and deliver a feature truly reflective of the values of Grant Saltmarsh whose legacy for designing stunning features inspires this award.


APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2020

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Connor's calm, and measured responses to judges’ questions is what left them impressed with Connor from the outset. From his research to find 'the right' employer to undertake his apprenticeship with, to his enthusiasm for learning his craft, both at trade school and work, Connor has left nothing to chance and has devoured knowledge throughout his apprenticeship. Combine this with the fact that he was given a Project Supervisors role with Ian Barker Gardens in his first year as a qualified landscaper, and the judges see a great future for Connor for many years in our industry.

APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2021 RACH EL K E L L A R HORT I C U LT URE APPREN T I C E , I AN B A R K ER G A RDENS

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From the heat of high-end restaurant kitchens to the relative calm of gardens, it is clear that Rachel has found her calling in the landscape industry. Rachel's enthusiasm for her new vocation shines through as she talks about her discovery of how gardens make her feel and her pursuit of the right position with the right company. Now well established and respected in her workplace, Rachel will continue to grow her knowledge and her value to the industry, and Ian Barker Gardens will grow accordingly.

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Industry Award Winners PAGE

WON BY

Commercial Landscape of the Year

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Warrandale Industries, "Arid Garden" Royal Botanic Gardens

Residential Landscape of the Year

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Lisa Ellis Gardens, "Skyline", Melbourne project

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HIGHLY COMMENDED

COMMENDED King's Gardens & Pools, Jan Juc #15

Hard Structures in the Landscape

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Nature's Best Landscapes

King's Gardens & Pools, Jan Juc on the Hill Melbourne Paving, Springvale

Softscaping in the Landscape

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Lisa Ellis Gardens, "Skyline" Melbourne

Nature's Best Landscapes, Surrey Hills

Commercial Maintenance & Management

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Super Gardens, Caulfield

MJLC Landscape, Botanic Ridge

Design under 100 sqm

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Normark Landscapes, Seddon

Design 100-400sqm

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Nature's Best Landscapes, Surrey Hills

Design - Over 400sqm

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Lisa Ellis Gardens, Melbourne project

Rising Star

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Matt Butterworth, Butterworth Landscapes

The Nic Van Diemen Award

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PATH Design Studio, Doncaster

Pool - Design

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King's Gardens & Pools, Jan Juc on the Hill

Nature's Best Landscapes, Hawthorn

Pool - Construction

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Nature's Best Landscapes, Hawthorn

Domain Pools Melbourne, Kew

Residential Construction 30k-75k

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Normark Landscapes, Brunswick East

Adam Hompas Landscapes, Ivanhoe

Residential Construction 75k-150k

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The Outdoor Landscapes Company, Aberfeldie

Esjay Landscapes + Pools, Hawthorn

Commercial Construction <500k

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Landstruct Landscape Construction, Bentleigh

Commercial Construction 500k to 1.5m

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Warrandale Industries, "Arid Garden", Royal Botanic Gardens

ACE Landscape Services, Diamond Creek MJLC Landscape, Botanic Ridge

Commercial Construction > 1.5m

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ACE Landscape Services, Prahran

Warrandale Industries, Warburton

Residential Construction Over 250k

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Landart Landscape Design & Construction, Berwick

Cutting Landscape Constructions, Sorrento

Residential Construction 150-250k

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Nature's Best Landscapes, Hawthorn

Flawless Landscaping, Flora Hill King's Gardens & Pools, Barwon Heads Coolthinc, North Melbourne

Sustainable Landscape

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Australian Ecosystems, "The Cape" Australian Ecosystems, Clyde Creekline

Australian Ecosystems, "The Coast"

Feature in the Landscape

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Lisa Ellis Gardens, "Light Rod", Melbourne

Apprentice of the Year 2020

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Connor Davidson, Ian Barker Gardens

Apprentice of the Year 2021

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Rachel Kellar, Ian Barker Gardens

King's Gardens & Pools, Jan Juc on the Hill

Nature's Best Landscapes, Hawthorn

Domain Pools Melbourne, Strathmore Esjay Landscapes + Pools, Glen Iris

Landstruct Landscape Construction, East Melb S.H.A.E Enterprises, Avoca

Super Gardens, Clyde

Lisa Ellis Gardens, "Falling Fence", Melbourne King's Gardens & Pools, Jan Juc on the Hill

Jordy Caldwell, Avoca Landscape Construction

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