landscape gardening industry

Written by Peter Shaw from Ocean Road Landscaping

becoming a landscape gardener

Have you been thinking that you would like enter the landscape gardening industry?  The following information will hopefully guide you in the right direction.  For myself, entering the landscape gardening industry was a natural progression after leaving high school. I entered the landscape gardening industry primarily because I felt very at home with gardens and plants and less at ease with the school environment.  I had a passion and interest in gardening and growing things.  I was also very good with my hands.

I knew from the very young age what I want to do. If you can align your passion and interest with your vocation you are very lucky – the dream job. And the horticulture and landscaping industry is a space where this happens for many people.

There are numerous ways to enter the landscape gardening industry. The most common and successful way is to find an employer to offer you an apprenticeship. For the right employer, an apprentice it is an investment in the future. When looking for the ideal company and applying for an apprenticeship, try to look for somewhere where you believe you would fit in well.

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Stone gathering circle

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This low maintenance garden was design and constructed by Ocean Road Landscaping, with a design brief for a stone gathering circle, where the family could invite entertain friends and family.  It is tucked away in the privacy of the back yard with a colour pallet of the plants have been used in bands for a dramatic effect.  The plants are attractive to butterflies and birds and low on water usage.  As this house in in a high bush fire zone, planting was carefully positioned with this in mind.

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Stone circle fire pit

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This recently renovated house designed by Robin Boyd Architect now has a landscape to match recently designed and landscaped by Ocean Road Landscaping.  The main feature of this garden is the stone circle fire pit, which acts as a gathering circle for this families social get together’s.  This garden makes use of some of the existing stone walls in the garden, and has been enhanced with hardy plants that will tolerate the harsh salt winds that come of the ocean on the surf coast.

As this garden matures, planting has been selected to snuggle around the stone circle fire pit, to make it private and enchanting.  Plants are maintained to ensure the view of Point Roadknight and Surfcoast are continued.

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designing your new garden

designing your new garden

Let’s say you’re in the process of designing your new garden, and you’ve managed to get all the not-so-exciting but essential preparation work done. In other words, you’ve taken a deep breath, pulled out the weedy trees and shrubs, and you now have a clear space to work with. This is the moment when it all starts to get very interesting. This is when you start to design your new garden…   

Some people already have an idea of what they want, and how that might end up as a new landscape wrapped around their home. Others have no idea and they’ll be looking for inspiration, here is where we help. Whether you have some ideas or not, there are lots of places to go and get good ideas or at least fine tune your existing ones. The Australian Garden at Cranbourne is one of the best – especially inspiring for coastal gardeners – as is the Geelong Botanic Gardens. Open Gardens in your area are also great because they are examples of what works under your growing conditions. When you are out and about, be systematic in your information gathering. Take photos of what interests you; note down plant names if they’re labelled. Pay attention to materials: what’s been used as the paving; where there are retaining walls, what are they made of; are the decking timbers narrow or wide; where there’s a change in levels, how is this sorted?

professional garden designer

See something you like? Then look at it closely at the design to see why it works. Here the tall grasses screen the neighbouring roof; the carefully placed boulders draw the eye and give the steel-edged gravel path a reason to meander.

Engaging a professional garden designer is a smart move at this early stage. Even if you just want some support for your ideas, having a professional coming in will help you see with fresh eyes what your site needs and help show you how to achieve it. The trick is to work with someone who is not only a good designer – if you see a garden you like, find out who designed it – but also a good listener. You want someone who hears what you’re trying to achieve and responds to that, rather than just imposing themselves and their style on your site.

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kids in the garden

kids in the garden landscape

Six month old Patrick, (son of Tim who is part of the Ocean Road Landscaping team), is clearly jumping out of his skin as he crawls all over his own nice new lawn. Letting kids in the garden play and explore is a wonderful thing to do.

If you spend time with kids in the garden, you’ve probably noticed how relaxed they are when they’re outdoors. Unsettled babies will relax if you pop them into a pram and head out for a walk, and a toddler in the park will begin playing almost as their feet hit the grass. But it’s also a given that children occupy a world that’s full of the lure of screen devices, so to balance that, we instinctively want our children to be outside, initiating their own play as much as possible. But how best to go about it?Continue Reading

drought tolerant plants

drought tolerant plants

As written by Peter Shaw in Surf Coast Living Magazine.

Here’s a good trick used by many garden designers – amateurs and professionals. And once it’s been explained to you, you’ll start to spot it being put to good use all over the place. But not in a way that means you’ll see a lot of gardens that all look identical. No, this trick is based on method rather than the look, and is gives fantastic results. Read on if you’d like to inject your garden with a bit more health and general good looks.Continue Reading

inspirational gardens

by Peter Shaw of Ocean Road Landscaping

There is nothing wrong with seeking out inspiration gardens, using ideas from other gardeners and their gardens. Sometimes it’s as simple as going for a walk in your own neighbourhood and deliberately taking a different route so that you come across new gardens that are unfamiliar to you. Continue Reading

Garden design checklist

Featured in Geelong and Surf Coast Living- Spring 2015 edition.  Written by Peter Shaw

So you’re about to launch into the pleasurable business of designing your garden.  Putting together a garden design checklist, you’ve probably got a scrap-book full of ideas – bits and pieces gathered over time that might (or might not) become a reality. What follows is just as important to add into the design process for the simple reason that it keeps things real. It’s easy to be distracted by something in a glossy magazine or spotted online. The trick to making a great garden – one that works and feels right – is to incorporate the glossy ideas over a solid foundation of honest practicality.  Here is a garden design checklist…Continue Reading

Child friendly landscape

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Children a very creative little people, and love love designing and building gardens that children can play in.  This child friendly landscape is a small installation that has meeting places, tunnels, walkways in a creek-bed setting.  The creek bed also doubles as a natural sand pit.  Below you can see children enjoying the use of natural rocks to make music or stone stacks.  The boat develops creative imaginative play, where children develop their social skills, making it a very child friendly landscape.

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If you would like a child friendly garden designed and constructed for you, contact our office on 03 5263 3133 or use our Contact Us page to make contact.

Modern garden

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This modern garden landscape is low key and simple.  It is needs minimal garden maintenance which fit the brief perfectly.  The paving is a high quality tight blue stone crazy pave used in patches through out this small modern garden.  Timber seating is used to create a room in this garden setting, and is great to invite friends out to socialise or for the children to set up a play space.

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If you require a modern gardens design our team at Ocean Road Landscaping can assist you.  We create beautiful, environmentally friendly gardens on the Great Ocean Road, Surf Coast, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula. you can use our Contact Us page to make contact or Phone: 1300 61 62 63  or  5263 3133