Templestowe Project 2016
After moving to a 1acre property with a native plant setting, repairing fences and gates and some of the landscaping we decided to get some advice about planting a few extra plants. Through Kuranga Native Nursery we were put in touch with Ben Clark who owns Kangaroo Paw Landscapes.
To his credit Ben offered us a number of options ranging from a selecting a few extra plants through to a re-design of the whole property. We decided to at least see what could be done with an already lovely setting. Ben’s ultimate vision and plans were incredible, blending an extensive knowledge of plants with some brilliant landscaping ideas. The design incorporated ideas including extensive re-paving, remodelling of pool landscaping, eventually a new spa design, a natural billabong and water feature, new driveway, redesigned front fencing and over 1000 new plants.
When the project began in March 2016 we were provided with extensive plans and documentation and written introductions to the tradesmen involved. Steve, Lachy, Sam and Ben himself were not only hardworking, but a pleasure to deal with and took great care and pride in their work.
Over a period of many months they worked diligently to transform the majority of the garden. All of the work done was of a very high standard. For example, the team had to complete large areas of random patterned Castlemaine Slate paving. They did this meticulously to produce a beautiful natural result around the whole house. This included a new spa which included Ben’s concept of water bubbling from the ground like a natural spring and a natural pool waterfall.
The planting was done with careful preparation with some great specimen trees such as four beautiful Queensland bottle trees. The pool and front fencing was completed with radially sawn battens formed into curves with a fantastic sculptural appearance. Ben’s design of a billabong with surrounding ferns and natural cascade of water in a shaded area also emerged out of the excavated earth under lights one evening.
Even unexpected ‘extras’ were approached with good humour and care, including the removal of a thick concrete slab to lower paving areas and the repair of rotten wooden pylons outside. Ben came up with a great solution which was executed by his team with patience and workmanship.
I haven’t mentioned a number of other work including rainwater tanks, irrigation system, work-shed and wood storage area, 2 levels of sloping lawn, decking, exposed aggregate driveway and a landscaped front verge.
Throughout this whole complex and at times, challenging project the whole team maintained good humour and were careful with avoiding damage to existing large trees and the house. We actually enjoyed the process and the daily interaction with the team. Special mention must go Steve’s excavation skills, Steve and Lachy’s Castlemaine jigsaw paving skills and Sam’s dripline plumbing expertise.
Over one year after the project began, many of the plants have begun to mature and fill out. We now appreciate Ben’s design and planting and the teams hard work even more. The entire process of design, construction and follow up has been trouble and stress free. We couldn’t recommend Ben and his team highly enough to anyone who is interested in an innovative, relaxing and beautifully executed outside space.
Diane Patrick and Ramon Mocellin
Eltham Project 2014
Kangaroo Paw Landscapes have completed two very successful landscaping projects at our Eltham home.
We initially engaged Kangaroo Paw Landscapes to landscape a section of our backyard in 2012. This section was originally a wasteland, unused and impractical. Ben and his team transformed it into a beautiful, contemporary Australian native garden with sensational flowers, unusual foliage, feature rocks, a winding path and stone stairs leading down to a small patch of lawn. We have loved watching this section of garden change and grow over the past 2 years. The colours and design just keep getting better and better.
We were so happy with the previous job that we asked Ben and his team to return this year (2014) to transform a remaining section of the yard. We are just as delighted with the result.
Our new section has a curving path, a rock pond/rain garden (that uses the catchment off our roof to fill), a small winding bridge, railway sleeper steps, feature rocks and a great assortment of native plants. We are again very impressed with the design and finish.
On both occasions that we have used Kangaroo Paw Landscapes, we found Ben’s designs to be creative and very carefully planned. We have appreciated the detailed plan of the plant species chosen, too.
Ben is very knowledgeable, takes a lot of pride in his work, was very open to our ideas and was always happy to deal with our requests. His choice of plants is varied and purposeful.
We also found Ben’s team to be a great asset. They were always on time, polite, enthusiastic and hard working. They were friendly, happy to work around us, dealt with our questions and suggestions and cleaned up perfectly at the completion of the job.
We feel that thanks to Kangaroo Paw Landscapes, in the past couple of years our garden has been transformed. It now has an amazing diverse range of native plants with a contemporary, interesting, attractive and natural design.
Thank you again Ben, Lachy, Nathan, Ben T and Dom. We would have no hesitation in recommending Kangaroo Paw Landscapes to future clients, friends and family.
I’m sure you’ll hear from us again when we are ready to do the front yard!
Lorelle and David McDonald
Wheelers Hill Project 2014
We were literally stuck as to what to do with a massive backyard that had an overly-large, ageing and very sick pool, combined with an out of control and messy garden. After exhausting our own ideas as to how we could remedy our ‘jungle’, we decided to engage a landscaping company that could both fill in our swimming pool and completely renovate the yard so that it would complement the architectural style of our house.
We rang six different landscaping businesses and all came to view the potential job, but only one company bothered to come back with any preliminary design ideas and quotation, and that was Kangaroo Paw Landscapes, which is owned and managed by landscape designer, Ben Clark. We suspect that other landscapers thought the job was too large and complex, but Ben was up for the challenge and even excited about the prospect of a complete and utter overhaul! What really impressed us about Ben from the outset was his wholehearted commitment to the client. Our busy lives meant we could only meet with him in the evenings and he was always willing to meet with us at any time we sought, whereas others seemed reluctant and clearly not customer-focused. We got the feeling very early on that whatever we sought, Ben would deliver on, and always ensure we were completely satisfied and happy. With his pleasant and charming manner, he was even happy to meet with us at various commercial sites, to choose paving and timbers, even on a weekend – no request for his full attention and assistance was ever too much.
We explained to Ben that we wanted to have the pool filled in [this was a huge time-consuming job] and the complete yard renovated, around 400 sqms of land in this green, rustic belt of Melbourne. Our front garden had already been established as an Australian native garden (reflecting our Australiana pocket near Jells Park with its native bird sanctuary) and we wanted to stick to a native style of garden in the back, although we sought a much more formal and streamlined design. Ben took this very general directive on board and went away to work on three alternative designs, all at various pricepoints that were also geared at meeting our budgetary requirements. When Ben came back to us promptly with the designs, we recognised that he had spent considerable time developing design ideas that would not only completely transform the yard, but add interesting, innovative and creative characteristics. Through a consultative process of various meetings, we settled on the idea of splitting the extensive space into two. The upper level would be redeveloped with a formal lawn and garden area [including the creation of a feature vegie patch] with modern bluestone capped steps leading down to a new entertaining space making the yard smart, attractive and highly functional. The entertaining space has been developed featuring a rustic recycled timber arbor (upon which a grapevine will sprawl – an Australian take on a French Provincial idea) under which we can place a large outdoor setting and BBQ area. The arbor is situated upon a very smart and formal bluestone paved area. The backyard is now absolutely stunning as the natural colours of the arbor and paving are offset by a series of very green lawn and garden areas featuring conservative native plants boasting white flowers. Showcase lighting has also been installed and a series of native trees are planted completely around the fenceline, that will grow into a hedged border, adding shade and privacy to the yard over time.
Ben’s team of workers were absolutely fantastic and worked as a truly integrated unit, who were not only highly skilled, but extremely engaging with us over this extensive 3-month project. We miss them now that they have gone, as they became part of the household. Stuart, Lachy, Steve and Nathan paid close, perfectionist-like detail to their work and communicated constantly on their work progress. Every question asked was promptly answered, both with precise detail and in a very friendly and engaging manner. We even took a holiday whilst they were working here and they looked after our property for us. They are a fantastic bunch of guys who are not only great workers, but who you can trust, and are a real pleasure to have in your yard. They also listen to the best music around!!
We have a new backyard now that is beautiful, inviting, charming and full of innovative character, and it is with great thanks that we congratulate Ben and his team on a superb job done with precision and style. Everyone who has seen our new yard thinks it is fantastic and a truly amazing transformation – it also appears much larger now that the 50,000-litre pool has gone, and showcases our property to a much higher standard. We can highly recommend Ben Clark and all of the team at Kangaroo Paw Landscapes at any time. He and his team have been completely delightful and talented in all they have done here at Wheelers Hill and we wish Ben every success in all of his future projects!!
Madeleine and Glenn Einsiedel
Nunawading Project 2013
We have always had a passion for Australian native gardens and when Ben from Kangaroo Paw Landscapes first came to discuss our plans for our front garden it was clear that he shared our passion. He listened to our ideas about what we liked and wanted to achieve and then produced an inspired design. Our landscaping couldn’t begin until our builder had finished but once our renovations were complete, Ben’s team were ready to start the very next day. We were impressed by how friendly the team were, their dedication to doing a quality job and how well the overall project was managed. Now that the landscaping is complete we have had many neighbours and even total strangers stopping in the street to tell us how fantastic it looks. We are pretty chuffed ourselves 🙂
Richard and Kerrin Braithwaite
Mt Waverley Project 2014
To the Team at Kangaroo Paw Landscapes,
Thank you all for giving us such a wonderful garden. From everywhere you stand (or sit) our garden looks spectacular. It is a huge transformation in eight weeks and we appreciate the effort and occasional struggle it has been.
We have enjoyed watching the progress, and it has been a pleasure to have you all on site at various stages.
I’m sorry we weren’t able to say goodbye and thanks to you all, but a heartfelt handshake is extended to Nathan and Ben T and especially Steve. We hope you have enjoyed the time on our block.
We wish you all the very best in the projects ahead and look forward to watching your efforts here, grow and we can’t wait to get out and enjoy our new spaces.
Take care and so many many thanks,
Karin, John, Stephanie and Rebecca