lizturner

Flying Kites

If it isn't broken, don't fix it.

I feel the soul of a garden is rooted within the plants and the change they bring with every season.

There has been a movement in the last 10 years or so towards what I call the soulless garden. These residential gardens have vast expanses of impermeable hard surfaces with only one or two plant species incorporated into the design (usually one of them being box hedge or Flax). This garden model is far from environmentally conscious and from a design point of view, is rather static. I’m not sure if this trend is inspired by commercial landscape architecture or if it is client driven, but I believe it is my job as garden designer to inspire and encourage clients to think outside the box and help them create something that is usable, beautiful and sustainable. My design philosophy is to create inviting, livable gardens that are tailored to the individual needs of each client, with a long term environmentally sustainable vision.

The underlying theme running through all aspects of the business is a focus on sustainability. From a design point of view, this is achieved by:

  • Intelligent plant selection – drought resistant species or species that can adapt to the Greater Melbourne climate and selecting plants that are generally disease resistant and sourced from reputable growers.
  • Incorporating ‘usable’ plants that also have an aesthetic value where possible. Such as edible, pest repelling or bird-attracting species.
  • Not selecting plants that require the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides unless in extreme circumstances.
  • Keeping hard landscaping to the minimum area required for the garden to function both physically and aesthetically. This keeps the garden cooler in summer and allows for more water absorption into the ground and less run off into the stormwater drain.
  • Where possible, sourcing recycled and reclaimed materials and new materials that are produced with a lower environmental footprint/cost than traditional landscape products.
  • Where possible, using environmentally sustainable products.

We come to you and take the guess work out of gardening

The garden consultancy service provides you with a face-to-face session with Liz in your own home and garden.

Including:

  • Soil identification / solutions and pH testing if required.
  • Plant identification / plant selection and placement where required.
  • Identification of micro climates and detailed solutions to problem areas with your garden.
  • Pest and disease identification/ solutions and organic control programs.
  • Hands on help and instruction with specialist gardening skills such as fruit tree pruning, espalier, rose pruning, topiary, indoor plant care etc.

Rates: $185.00 for the first hour or part thereof. $110.00 for each additional hour.

An eye for detail and a wealth of experience.

There are windows of opportunity in every season and if they are missed your garden may not be reaching its full potential.

A garden with a dedicated plan takes far less time and money to care for than one without proper planning or management in place.We can create a customised maintenance plan for your garden. Using our team of experienced horticulturalists, we use this plan to nurture and care for your garden using the latest sustainable horticultural practices.

We can set up a maintenance schedule ranging from weekly, fortnightly, monthly, bi-monthly or at your request, depending on your needs and the needs of your garden.

In 2009 we became a member of the ECLIPS (Environmentally Certified Landscape Industry Professional) program founded and run through Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA).

This program provides ongoing training and seminars which enables us to keep up to date with all the latest information available, as well as providing a platform for discussion and ideas. The program also conducts an external audit process to ensure that its members are operating in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.

Flying Kites
textural contrast.
Low water requirements and low maintenance mean these plants provide colour, texture and contrast all year round.
Flying Kites
plants as sculpture
These grasses are turned into urns for 3 months of the year while they are 'moulting' and then the tops are pulled off to reveal a fresh new plant! Change can be beautiful!
Flying Kites
a sea of green
No lawn, no weeds, and a beautiful emerald sea to look out on. Lomandra 'Lime Tuff' delivers all this and more.
Flying Kites
art v's nature
The naturally tight growing sedum 'Autumn Joy' needs no pruning to keep its rounded shape. In contrast to the topiary work on the loropetalum 'China Pink'.
Flying Kites
beauty and brunch
Produce gardens don't need to be hidden out the back. This garden blends food production with ornamental plantings to create a beautiful edible oasis.
Flying Kites
east meets west
Flying Kites

liz@lizturner.com.au

Tel: 0438 060 717

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