We are a small team based in South East Melbourne with backgrounds in international development, biology, ecology and landscape design. Much of our expertise stems from building community gardens with a focus on safe spaces, food security and skill building for disadvantaged groups. Our work on private residential development has taught us to effectively navigate town planning and to clearly communicate with your architect or builder. Our main focus is getting our community to grow their resilience in the face of an increasingly volatile global system by creating biodiverse landscapes and enabling education on sustainability.
The gardens we design and build express practicality, beauty and sustainability, and we adjust our horizons to suit the space and unique vision each client has to offer. We particularly like creating food forests, aquaponic systems and space for poultry where possible. We are happy to provide guidance and education regarding native plants and planting, weed ID and sustainable deterrents, pest and beneficial insect management, DIY construction and related things.For commercial clients we add value to development proposals through considered and cost effective landscape planning, and we can further assist with 3D landscape renders for off the plan marketing and navigating local town planning regulations as required.
We like to work with clients to explore their dreams, constraints and ideas. We combine that with site specific information such as soil, sunlight, and local ecology to generate some sketches for review. We draw from fields like permaculture, SMART technologies, community development and urban agroecology to inform our designs and advice. Through collaboration and iteration, we strive to bring our client’s vision to life in a practical and affordable manner, providing each client with the individual attention and care to detail they deserve. We actively partner with other local businesses and community groups committed to supporting healthier, more sustainable lifestyles in order to create a network that can provide a wide range of services without any extra hassle.
Based in Glen Waverley, our service extends across the cities of Monash, Casey, Kingston, Whitehorse, Boroondara and Knox. We work for all sorts of clients in all sorts of spaces. Whether you have a huge backyard or a tiny balcony, we’ve got innovative ways for you to grow your own food. We really enjoy working on commercial properties, public spaces and community gardens, because so many people get to enjoy the final product. We’re also well-suited to classrooms and playgrounds because we like to consider how our designs can assist education and ignite the imagination.
Nothing exists in isolation. Our lives are dependent on the environment around us without which there would be no food, clean water or breathable air – everything is connected. Growing food locally, protecting the pollinators and saving water are some of the most meaningful things an individual can do in an urban setting for themselves and their community. As households begin to grow their own food, harvest rainwater, and reduce reliance on commercial fertilisers and pesticides – as they begin to swap heirloom seeds, native cuttings and share skills amongst one another, a fabric of grassroots resilience is slowly being knit. As people all around the world become increasingly aware of the danger posed by climate change, habitat loss and the shortfalls of our industrial food systems – as they become frustrated by the lack of positive action from the top – regular people have begun to take action and lead by example. The movement toward sustainable lifestyles is gaining momentum and we want to ensure it remains accessible to all.
Ayush is a landscape designer that completed a Master in International Development and Environmental Analysis from Monash, founding the firm after series of overseas postings. Over the years, he has developed practical experience in the fields of horticulture, town planning and construction.
He likes using his free time experimenting with new ideas and technologies in his garden and contemplating what a post climate change society could look like. With a strong belief in decentralisation, DIY movements and maker spaces and passion for nurturing our environment – designing productive edible spaces for local communities has become central to his work.
Josh is a self-taught horticulturalist currently studying plant biology and ecology at Deakin University. With a background tertiary education in history, philosophy and literature, he spends most of his free time in the garden looking after his extensive plant collection and pondering the interconnectedness of all things.
He loves teaching kids and communities about the value of growing food locally and the importance of maintaining a biodiverse ecosystem based around native plants. He cares deeply about sustainability and mitigating the effects of climate change, and will never stop working to maintain a healthy human habitat.
Ian holds degrees in journalism, international studies and international development. Having worked on agroforestry projects in Mozambique and Fiji and a family background in farming he has developed a plethora of valuable skills that he can leverage for the local community.
In Melbourne, he has been the Director of RESEED field studies, a coordinator at Men’s Sheds in the South East and has worked as a commercial landscaper in the North. He continues to be a believer in thoughtful actions to improve global social justice and practical movements to deliver real impact to agricultural communities locally and globally.