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specializing in urban garden design, construction & maintenance
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Growing Rooms Landscapes is an award winning, expanding landscape design company located in Double Bay, specializing in urban garden design, construction & maintenance.
We are looking for a Landscape Architect or Designer to join our vibrant team.
You will be required to assist with on-site consultation to meet with clients, view the site and discuss their needs. You will then be required to take this information and use your well-developed design skills to produce a compelling conceptual design. This is a great opportunity to show your design flair, have room for experimentation whilst negotiating a sites challenges.
To be considered for this role you will have previous experience working as a Landscape Designer or Architect with strong Vectorworks skills, and experience working on projects from the conceptual stage through to detailed documentation.
Skills and Experiences
Qualification and experience as a Landscape Architect or Designer
High level of Vectorworks skills
Proficiency in preparing landscape concept plans, design and construction documentation
Experience in understanding, integrating and providing advice on planning issues
Familiar with relevant building and council regulations
Excellent plant knowledge
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
High level of attention to detail
What We Offer
This full-time role is available for immediate start
Visa sponsorship is available. We will assist with the visa application
You will be working within a team of qualified and experienced staff willing to support you at all times
The opportunity to see your designs constructed
Career progression and ongoing development. We are looking for an applicant with a desire to progress and expand in the role
Botanica Art Exhibition: Symbiosis
Saturday 21 April – Sunday 6 May, 10 AM – 4 PM daily
The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Australia’s leading contemporary botanical art exhibition Botanica returns to the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney in April 2018, exploring the complex and remarkable relationship we humans have with plants. The annual showcase, now in its 19th year, features work by some of the best Australian and international established and emerging botanic and natural history artists, Botanica is considered one of the foremost exhibitions of its kind.
The 2018 theme for Botanica is ‘symbiosis’. Artists have been invited to study the symbiotic relationships some plants have with other plants and animals, and incorporate this into their artworks.
Botanica is a beautiful art exhibition and encourages the sale of all its artworks. Proceeds from the sale of original and limited-edition prints go to the artists and to Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens, helping the not-for-profit organisation to continue to support horticulture, conservation, scientific research and education programs within your Botanic Gardens.
Botanica Opening Night, Friday 20 April, 6pm – 8pm: Tickets are now on sale!
Lion Gate Lodge Garden
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney
Collectors’ Plant Fair Sydney 2018
Saturday April 7, 8am to 4pm
Sunday April 8, 9am to 4pm
Hawkesbury Race Club, 1 Racecourse Rd, Clarendon NSW
This year the fair will be bigger than ever with over 90 specialist growers from all across Australia. Long lost plants will be found and taken home to create beautiful gardens and indoor jungles.There will be thousands of plants, pickles, pots, books, quality garden workwear and delicious food. Make a day of it!
So many great plants never make it into garden centres. They might be hard to propagate, or slow to grow, or otherwise unsuited to large-scale commercial horticulture or they may simply have fallen out of favour. For whatever reason they are rare and unusual in the commercial world, and it is these treasures that are celebrated at the Collectors’ Plant Fair.
See plants, meet the growers, sip good coffee and get out, connect with your love of plants. Don’t miss out. Take a treasure home.
Want to make every day feel like a holiday? Spend plenty of time outside in a shady spot, with only the sound of native wildlife and the crash of a wave on a distant reef to distract you? With a few simple tricks this tropical feel is possible in any home, no matter how far away it is from the beach. Palms are a perfect way to recreate your favourite tropical destination. Big leaves of over-reaching plants will create a cocooning canopy and hug any seating area. Throw in some colourful flowers and foliage and before you know it, you’ll be drifting off to the Pacific isles.
Take a look at the elements of a tropical style and incorporate one or more into your garden.
Establish Your Outdoor Oasis
To help you bring your exotic escape to life use plenty of timber. Australian hardwood timber is a durable and attractive flooring solution for outdoors. It requires minimal maintenance and lends a tropical feel to any outdoor room. Warm, natural brown hues also look stunning when paired with lush green foliage.
A blissful scenario can be created by simply setting up an outdoor living room on your deck or patio. Low-slung seating will set a casual tone for informal parties and gatherings, especially if teamed with a mix of floor pillows and chairs to lounge about on. If there is limited space, consider hanging a hammock under a swaying palm to create an instant holiday feeling. Use timber or cane-framed mirrors to amplify the light. If a mirror can reflect palm fronds and other foliage so much the better.
Water in any garden has magical visual and soothing auditory qualities but if you don’t have space for a pool and ocean views aren’t your reality, add a water feature surrounded by tropical gardens. The tranquil sound of trickling water is a soothing addition to any tropical abode.
Palms of Paradise
The secret to creating a lush look is to use different-sized palms to create a three-tiered effect. For a tall palm, you can’t look past an Alexander or Bangalow. Alexander palms are fast-growing natives, feature lush foliage and produce large creamy-white flowers and small red fruit in autumn. Bangalow palms are fast-growing natives as well, their shallow roots make it perfect for planting near pools. Hanging bunches of mauve flowers and fruit appear summer through to autumn. Majestic palms are a happy medium with bright green symmetrical leaves and slightly swollen base. Cascade palms are great for completing the lower parts of your tropical garden. This Mexican shade-loving palm is hardy and happy indoors and out. Perfect for under planting to fill out your tropical garden.
Extra Tip: They key to establishing lush, happy palms (especially in autumn and winter) is to keep their roots warm with layers of mulch and manure. Palms love organic matter, so for best results mulch with enriched cow manure, tea tree mulch or Organic Active 8 Soil Improver and Planting Mix. Fertilise fortnightly from spring to autumn. Use a liquid organic fertiliser. Bigger palms can be fed organic, slow-release fertiliser. Give any dead leaves a snip. Recycle the leaves by shredding them and use as mulch for your palms.
Say It With Flowers And Foliage
To really give your garden that tropical touch, mix it up with exotic, vibrant foliage and flowers, which will add bursts of colour and create contrast and drama. There are many colourful plants that love shade.
Cordylines are a tough plant that will enhance the tropical flavour of your garden. You’ll be tickled pink by the fuchsia shades of cordyline rubra and cordyline fruticosa ruby. Or for a splash of lime, try the cordyline fruticosa kiwi.
With their symmetrical foliage and multitude of colours, bromeliads make for fascinating plants. They don’t even have to be planted in the garden – they’re equally happy attached to tree trunks or in pots. Guzmania will give you a beautiful flower or if it’s wow-factor you want, plant the giant bromeliad, alcanterea.
If you’re looking for a colourful flowering plant for your tropical garden, clivia should be at the top of your list. Its orange trumpet flower will brighten your garden from late winter to early spring.
In spring, plant New Guinea impatiens or regular impatiens in your tropical garden. Their big flowers will give your tropical garden a pop of colour right through to autumn.
Heady perfumed flowers are an intrinsic element of subtropical gardens and can be extremely evocative. The sweet summer scent of the frangipani is unmistakeable and is an iconic symbol of tropical gardens around the world, including Australia.
Other popular scented flowering plants include gardenia, jasmine and ginger, but don’t just think flowers when considering scent in your garden. The leaves of plants, such as cardamom, lemon-scented myrtle, lavender and rosemary, are a fragrant treat when planted along pathways.
Check out our Portfolio to get more insights into our projects that are featured in the pictures above.
10 Most Important Summer Gardening Jobs
While summer is undoubtedly a much-loved season in Australia with everyone enjoying their outdoors, it can wreak havoc on your garden. Dry winds, long days and high temperatures can quickly turn your vibrant verdant oasis into a brown and brittle mess.
Good preparation will help your garden survive the harsh summer weather and allow you more time to enjoy it throughout the coming months.
Growing Rooms has put together the 10 Most Important Summer Gardening Jobs for you to do this season. These are simple solutions to keep your outdoor space green, healthy and inviting.
1. Mow your Lawn
Mowing is important to keep your lawn healthy and supporting growth. However, avoid mowing your lawns too short in summer summer or long dry periods. This will help keep your lawns looking green rather than brown and bare.More tips on How To Drought Proof Your Lawn This Summer
2. Prune your plants
Give your plants a light prune to tidy up and to keep your garden from turning into a jungle. Trim the hedges, shape the topiaries and remove the lower limbs of trees and shrubs. Invariably, people don’t prune deep enough, so go a little further than what you think is needed. De-head any flowers that are looking a little tired to promote continued flowering throughout the season.Don’t forget your pot plants. They are vulnerable to overheating as they can quickly dry out. Smaller pots can be placed in a bucket of water and left to soak for a few hours. A light mulch will also help keep your plants cool as well as moving them out of the direction of the hot sun.
3. Mulch your soil
Mulching your soil is the easiest ways you can protect your plants from the summer heat. Mulching helps keep the soil cool, conserves water and limits any fertiliser from being washed away by the summer rains. To maximise the potential of your mulch, make sure your soil is moist and light by giving it a good turn with a fork. This will help create air and insulate your plant roots.
Check out this Guide to Mulch
4. Water regularly and wisely
The only way to stop your garden from drying out during the hot season is with regular watering. Consider installing a water tank for this purpose! Water tanks come in a range of sizes and shapes, and can even be fitted under decks, patios or balconies to hide them from view.To avoid mildew and the plants stewing, water early in the day when it’s cool. This will also help reduce the risks of fungi attacking the foliage. In the early mornings, the soil is most receptive and the water will easily reach the root systems. Depending on the weather, you may also need to give your plants a light spray in the early evening too.
Adding fertiliser, feed and minerals to the water makes watering serve a double-duty.
5. Prepare the Pool
To keep your pool healthy, regular maintenance is a necessity. Make up a checklist of all the tasks that need to be performed regularly to maintain your pool, so that none of the essentials are forgotten.Check the filter system and clean the filter every week. Regularly empty the skimmer boxes and remove leaves. Also make sure the water chemistry is balanced and check pH.
A sleek glass fence adds visual impact to your pool area, so make sure it’s spotless. Simply use warm water, liquid soap and a sponge to wash it down, then rinse the glass off with a quick hose-down.
For after-dark ambience, energy-efficient LED lighting can be fixed above and below the waterline. Make sure all or your bulbs are working for the perfect night-time illumination. For a touch of whimsy, underwater lights that change colour are now on the market.
6. Oil the deck
Timber decks will naturally start to turn grey over time due to the effects of sun, rain and wind. To keep your deck looking rich and warm, it needs to be oiled fairly regularly. Start by cleaning, scrubbing and lightly sanding the timber. Ensure it’s completely dry then apply oil evenly along the grain with a brush. Allow at least four hours to dry (better: 24 hours!) then give a second coat.
7. Power-wash the pavers
Over time, pavers can start to look decidedly unclean. Rain, dirt and mould can turn beautiful surfaces black and splotchy, particularly those pavers around the pool. Fire up the Gerni gun to refresh the brickwork and make them look like new. It’s also a good opportunity to remove weeds from between the paver stones.
8. Provide adequate shade
Dining and entertaining al fresco are some of the greatest joys allowed by the Australian summer. But it’s important to keep yourself, your family and your guests cool and safe from overexposure to the sun while you’re enjoying the iconic backyard barbecue. Shade – whether it be umbrellas, screens, sails, or canopies – is essential during the hottest part of the year. Not only will it allow you to enjoy the outside areas for longer, but it protects skin from harmful UV radiation, too.Clean your shade and make sure, everything is intact and fixed correctly.
9. Check illumination
Make sure all exterior lighting is working. Whether you’re enjoying a barbecue, having a swim, relaxing in the cool evening air or letting the kids run around outside, a few quick fixes now will mean that you’ll get maximum enjoyment from your outdoor areas morning, noon and night throughout the summer months.Replace dead light globes and make sure the transformers are functioning for all 12-volt lighting. Install solar lights if you want to add illumination to your garden but not go to the trouble of bringing in an electrician.
Lighting that’s too bright can be blinding, creates deep shadows and makes everyone looked washed out. The best option is to have a variety of lights, making them a little brighter at steps, doorways and along paths. Sitting and socialising areas should feature soft lighting to make the atmosphere warm and inviting.
A few strands of fairy lights will quickly make the garden look magical, delighting the kids (and adults!).
Check out more tips on lighting in our article Garden Trend: Outdoor Lightning
10. Get your BBQ area ready
What would an Australian backyard be without a barbecue? Even apartment dwellers with a modest balcony can usually squeeze in a tripod model to cook up a sausage sizzle. Regular cleaning is part and parcel of owning a barbecue. Check out our guide on How to clean your BBQ. If you cook outside a lot, it may be worth adding a small fridge to your barbecue area. It’s perfect for keeping meat at hand yet out of the sun – and for storing icy beverages for the chef.
Don’t forget to look after your outdoor furniture. Scrub wooden furniture at least once a year to get rid of any mould. Hint: hire a high-pressure water cleaner and you’ll get the job done in a fraction of the time. Wash the soft furnishings, such as seat and cushion covers.
You have more tips for your garden in Summer? We would love to hear them!