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An Award Winning Garden Designer
providing garden and landscape designs for your
home garden, balcony or courtyard.
[ ABOUT ]
I bring my passion for gardens to you and create beautiful and functional outdoor spaces.
I grew up around gardens, as my father was a Gardener, and Horticulturist.
My early obsession with art and illustration led me into a career initially of illustration and graphic art, and eventually to becoming a Graphic Designer. I ran my own Graphic Design business for a number of years.
After completing a Diploma in Interior Design I found that some of the principles and knowledge learnt can equally be applied to Garden Design. It now enables me to create a Garden Design with a more holistic view of both the inside and outside of the home.
As part of my studies in Landscape Design I put forward a design for The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show. In March of 2018, my garden 'Wonder Wall' won the Excellence Award and Best Use of Plant Life award in the Achievable Garden section. The Eucalyptus Polyanthemos tree was very much admired. See the Recognition section below.
One of my core beliefs and values is that garden designs should be affordable and available to as many people as possible. As a result I’ve specialised in residential gardens, balconies and courtyards with an emphasis on function, beauty, elegance, simplicity and texture.
Part of Landscape Design Melbourne.
[ MY APPROACH ]
I provide three options to suit your requirements / budget.
The first option is a consultation where we discuss requirements for your outdoor space, and where I provide you with suggestions and recommendations.
The second option is a concept design. After an initial consultation/questionnaire this includes a scaled drawing showing plant placement and hard surfaces, along with a representation of plants, products, and furnishings.
The third option is drawings for your landscaper and follows on from the concept design. These are detailed construction drawings providing instructions for implementation.
My designs have the flexibility of allowing your outdoor space to be constructed as one or later on in stages, while still maintaining an overall cohesion.
Beyond the design, I’m able to recommend and work with a landscape construction team to ensure the successful installation of your outdoor space.
I also assist with the purchasing of plants, pots, and outdoor furnishings.
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[ PORTFOLIO ]
[ RECOGNITION ]
[ TESTIMONIALS ]
“We transformed our whole front yard space thanks to Sarah. Right from our first meeting Sarah’s objective was to really get to know us, what we liked and what we wanted to feel like in our new garden space. And she really delivers! Not only do we love the space Sarah designed and managed (including planting 400 plants!) but she delivered with excellent service and everything she promised.
We would recommend Sarah to anyone looking to design a new garden space, big or small, and want to partner with a quality designer. Thank you Sarah.”
Alison & Dale, Melbourne
"We were fortunate enough to have the talented and creative Sarah, from Garden Design By Sarah, design our garden.
We live in the unique environment of the Dandenong Ranges and we wanted to work with a designer that understood the areas challenges. Sarah’s knowledge, creativity and recommended plantings, that were specifically suited to our environment, have resulted in an enduring and beautiful garden.
We had several projects in different areas of property, and Sarah has managed to capture everything on our wish list for all of these areas through her thorough consultation process. Sarah was open and prompt with her communication throughout the design process/scope of works, and worked within our budget.
The quality and attention to detail of the designs that Sarah has delivered for us have been exceptional, and we are more than happy to recommend her business."
"It was my pleasure to have Garden Design by Sarah recommended to me. When Sarah and I met to discuss thoughts and concepts of my garden/outdoor space (over tea and scones) I was so impressed with her graciousness and her ability to ‘hear’ what I was saying in order to create a space which reflected my requirements, abilities and more importantly my personality...all of which is reflected in the finished product, beautifully and clearly presented with coloured A3 size plans, idea’s and mood board.
Sarah’s communication during the process and her professionalism is commendable and I would certainly recommend her to all who appreciate personalised service with a touch of class."
"The consultation with Sarah pulled together my ideas about how to develop and design my garden but was significantly enhanced by Sarah’s knowledge and experience of garden design. Although I was initially feeling uninspired about the garden, Sarah shared many ideas and made very helpful suggestions, which left me feeling excited and looking forward to completing this project. I now have a clear idea of what to do next and would recommend Sarah’s services to anyone who wants to improve their outdoor space."
"My lovely new garden. I can’t tell you how much I love it. It has transformed the
whole area and the real proof is that people naturally gravitate towards it and want to sit in the space."
Tony & Anne, Melbourne
It has been such a joy to work with you, Sarah. We have appreciated your calm, flexibility, sense of humour, good taste and design acumen.