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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Design by Ocean road Landscaping

stone gathering circle

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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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garden design

Its about garden design

Written by Peter Shaw

One of the things that still surprises me after years of making gardens, is how many people get themselves into trouble. And from what I can gather, most of them have ended up with issues in their garden simply because they did what they were told without thinking and didn’t do a garden design. They show me gardens that don’t suit their needs, don’t suit the location and don’t have future flexibility built in. That’s something I believe every garden design should cover. And it’s so easy to get right if you follow a few simple steps…Continue Reading