We’re pleased to introduce our designers for the 2021 SA Landscape Festival. Each of these talented designers will be available to answer any questions you have.

Caroline Dawes Gardens

Caroline Dawes is passionate about garden design and has been involved with landscape design in Adelaide on many levels for over 20 years.

She established Caroline Dawes Gardens in 2001. Caroline is highly committed to great design and horticultural excellence and her desire to exceed client expectations has seen her business thrive on primarily word of mouth referrals.

She has been involved in the creation of over 100 beautiful, functional gardens that are timeless. Caroline holds formal qualifications in Horticulture and Landscape Design.

Her home garden is used as a display for clients who can view firsthand her irrigation, soil management and plant choice success. The majority of plants used in her designs she is either currently growing in her garden or has grown in the past, ensuring her clients benefit from hands on horticultural advice. Caroline’s previous home garden was part of the Open Garden Scheme and local and interstate Garden Tours, visited regularly.

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Dowie Designs

Dowie Designs is a landscape design & construction business, based on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula.

Founded in 2014 by brothers Elliot and Josiah, Dowie Designs was established with a passion to create unique and inspiring gardens. Starting small, Dowie Designs have always worked hard to achieve high quality finishes. They incorporate a wide range of skills and materials into our work, enabling they to undertake entire landscape projects from concept to completion.

Whilst they have grown as a business, their main focus is still to work closely with their clients to create exquisite landscapes that evoke interest and tranquility.

Looking forward, Dowie Designs are excited to develop their skills in design and continue to construct beautiful landscapes that are a joy to be in. They aim to amaze their clients by creating gardens that exceed their expectations. The team believe that every house needs a beautiful, well thought out garden space, to sit, relax and appreciate life.

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Ground Design Landscaping

Jackson started his business in 2014 and organically grew from his love of natural landscapes, gardens and working outdoors.

Jackson brings a professional approach to his business by holding the necessary Builder’s licences and being a Master Landscapers of SA member. He is constantly updating his knowledge of materials and methods within the industry. Ground Design Landscaping take pride in everything they do. Jackson understands the importance of communication and works closely with clients to create amazing spaces that encompass both traditional and contemporary styles with a client focussed design approach.

Jackson surrounds himself with a talented group of employees that follow in his professionalism and passion. Ground Design Landscaping not only design impeccable gardens they can complete all construction with faultless execution.

To view and learn more, search Ground Design Landscaping on Facebook or Instagram.

Hedgehogs Gardens

Hedgehogs Gardens was established in 2010 by Craig Sullivan, a qualified landscape designer with over 15 years industry experience.

Craig has a flair for creative pruning and specialist topiary, and founded Hedgehogs Gardens with the aim of creating and maintaining remarkable gardens. Craig works with clients up front to understand their vision, and then creates an individual garden design that meets the brief by drawing on his landscape and plant knowledge. Whether it’s starting a new hedge or topiary from scratch, maintaining the shape of established plants or bringing something back from the edge, Hedgehogs specialises in trimming, preferring hand shears for a sharper result, to reduce ripping and tearing.

With extensive horticultural knowledge and experience, Craig and the team show attention to detail, while presenting gardens beautifully. Hedgehogs Gardens also create feature plants at the home nursery, with an emphasis on cloud pruned topiary.

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Hills Classic Gardens

Hills Classic Gardens is a multi-award winning landscape design, construction and maintenance business based in the Adelaide Hills, established in 2004.

Principal and Founder Jamie McIlwain established himself in this industry in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne in 1991. Studying and honing his craft, Jamie led a talented team of landscapers and gardeners for many years until his move to South Australia.

Since establishing Hills Classic Gardens, Jamie has now designed and built hundreds of gardens both in Adelaide and Melbourne. Jamie’s incredible teams of experienced and qualified horticulturalists are in great demand throughout the Adelaide Hills and Plains. Hills Classic Gardens will be one of few companies in South Australia who have won many MLSA Awards of Excellence in the three separate fields of Design, Construction and Maintenance.

Along with being a licenced member of Master Landscapers of SA, Jamie is also a committee member for Open Gardens SA and is a founding Committee Member of the SA Landscape Festival.

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Nicki King Landscape Design

Nicki from Nicki King Landscape Design absolutely loves what she does and it shows!

She is passionate about creating sustainable and stunning garden designs, where you can switch off from daily life and fall in love with nature again. Because she has always cared so deeply about conservation, her creations are not only visually stunning, but importantly they also respect and nurture our earth and wildlife. And the creative side of Nicki King Landscape Design is what makes her heart soar!

She loves the challenge of getting the most out of what’s already on-site, but also adores starting fresh with a clean slate. Nicki confesses the best part about working right throughout Adelaide and surrounds, is having so many different sub-climates, conditions and aspects to work with. She also believes the design process should be enjoyable and the end result should be the garden you dream about and is as unique as you are.

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Elite Outdoor Design and Construct

Elite Outdoor Design and Construct have built a solid reputation based on providing clients with exceptional Landscape Design and Construction and Pool Building services throughout South Australia.

Elite Outdoor Design & Construct, pride themselves on their attention to detail and providing clients with an enjoyable experience from concept to handover. Their highly skilled and professional team demonstrate a diverse range of skills and knowledge in all aspects of Landscape and Swimming Pool Construction, delivering a quality results.

Elite Outdoor Design & Construct are proud partners of BioTop, providing a naturally filtrated swimming pools. The team are passionate about creating sustainable and chemical free swimming experiences with a pool that can seamlessly blend into the natural surrounds and compliment the design of your garden. Natural and Living pools require absolutely no chlorine nor other chemicals, allowing you to the enjoy pure, crystal clear water.

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The Great Outdawes

The Great Outdawes Landscaping is a family run business that Phil started in 2013. Phil is passionate and skilled in his craft and holds a Diploma of Horticulture. He has also dedicated his own time being on the board of Master Landscapers of SA.

The Great Outdawes was founded on the philosophy of providing customers with a bespoke experience when it comes to creating dream outdoor spaces. As Australians, we have the luxury of using our space and creating outdoor areas that are an extension of our home. The team at The Great Outdoors have a deep passion for what they do and how they transform spaces while focusing on great customer service, value for money and professional execution.

With more than 19 years landscaping experience the skilled team can help you achieve your dream space. From design to construction, it’s your one stop shop for a complete project solution. They also provide a maintenance service to any garden to protect the investment you have made.

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Yardstick Landscapes

Yardstick Landscapes are some of Adelaide’s premier landscape professionals. Founded in 2002 and led by landscape designer Peter Adley and builder Nick Scaife, the team of landscape designers, builders and horticulturists have the expertise to deliver your ideal garden.

They are precise. Their builders and horticulturists work to exacting standards, so everything in your garden will be immaculate. They accommodate all styles of gardens from heritage, to coastal, to modern and more and blend the built form with nature, using the right plants and materials to create perfect harmony.

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