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Ochre Landscape

Evan Gaulke founded Ochre Landscape in January 1996 after travelling and working for five years in various horticultural positions. Evolving over the years into a successful garden design and maintenance business, Ochre now boasts an extensive clientele including both residential and commercial properties, and were granted entry into the Landscape Industries Association of Victoria in 2006. Ochre Landscape designs are regularly featured in magazines such as Australian House and Garden, The Herald Sun’s ‘Home’ and Australian Horticulture. Evan can often be heard as a guest on the Sunday morning Gardening Show on radio station 3CR.
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2015 SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS
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VICTORIAN STATE WINNER

2015 OUTDOOR LEARNING AREA
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Tailored to your needs

We aim to produce exceptional gardens tailored to each client’s taste, utilitarian needs and budget. We consider the existing site and architecture carefully and enjoy developing innovative designs that challenge the common perceptions of garden stereotype.

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Diverse & intricate

An important element to Ochre garden designs is, and always has been, our diverse and intricate plantings. Ochre staff have horticultural backgrounds and treat the preparation and planting of gardens with equal importance as the ‘hard’ landscape elements.

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Unique design

Ochre’s designers are always striving to create something unique with each design and are constantly on the lookout for new materials and plants to incorporate. We find inspiration in the most unlikely places!

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Precise & efficient

CAD software allows us to offer the associated efficiency, precision, and scale, without compromising on graphics or plan details. Plan presentation is clear, precise and easy to work with, yet still a piece of art within itself.

The Ochre Design Team

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An effective planting creates interest and surprise as it transforms not only with the seasons but throughout lifetimes

Evan Gaulke

Evan Founded Ochre Landscape in January 1996.
Evan has extensive skills and 19 years experience in Landscape Design and Project Management through projects in the Residential, Commercial, Resort Landscape Management, Local Government and Educational sectors.
He has worked in Holland and Queensland prior to establishing Ochre Landscape in Melbourne where projects are primarily within Victoria.
As well as his work at Ochre, he is a past Australian Institute of Horticulture Victorian President and National Vice President, a member of Play Australia, the Horticultural Media Association and a Designer Member of Landscaping Victoria.
Evan is a regular presenter on Sunday Morning Gardening Radio 3CR and has made several appearances to showcase his work on Burkes Backyard and Gardening Australia.
Evan's extensive experience and exceptional knowledge of the practical side of landscape construction combined with his flair for innovative garden design means that he has the ability to communicate effectively with the client, other professionals in the design process and most importantly the construction team.

Clare

Simple yet striking plant composition is the key to a successful small garden

Clare Colson

Clare joined the Ochre team shortly after completing a Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture) at Melbourne University in 2003.
A valued member of the design team, Clare has experience in the design, documentation and management of residential and commercial projects. Clare’s particular expertise lies in concept innovation and development, and she relishes the challenge of transforming a design brief into a unique, artistic and functional garden space. With a particular interest in the softness and life that plants bring to each garden, emphasis is given to balancing bold garden architecture with equally bold and interesting planting design. A perfectionist streak means careful consideration is given to subtle details that are so important in the creation of great gardens.
With open communication and liason with both clients and contractors, Clare has successfully managed numerous projects from brief development through to completion, with a high level of client satisfaction.

Our Work

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A Front Garden Re-invented

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A Riot of Colour

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Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre, Melton

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Colourful Courtyard

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Contemporary Parterre

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Custom Pieces

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Doreen South Early Learning Centre

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Entertaining Space

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Garden Gone Wild

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Garden in the Hills

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Holmesglen TAFE, Moorabbin Campus

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Ivanhoe Grammar School, Early Learning Playground

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Ivanhoe Grammar School, Elm Tree Courtyard

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Ivanhoe Grammar School, Grounds

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Ivanhoe Grammar School, Junior Play

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Ivanhoe Grammar School, Mernda, Junior Play

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Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus, Library Forecourt

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Luther College, Croydon Hills

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Oriental Twist

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Perennial Perfection

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Ruyton Girls’ Grammar

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Ruyton Girls’ Grammar, Early Learning Centre

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Ruyton Girls’ Grammar, Junior Playground

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Sculptured Garden

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Shelford Girls Grammar

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Size Doesn’t Matter

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Sustainable Native Garden

Ochre Philosophy

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    Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre, Melton
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    Doreen South Early Learning Centre
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    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Early Learning Playground
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    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Junior Play
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    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Mernda, Junior Play
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    Ruyton Girls’ Grammar, Early Learning Centre
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    Ruyton Girls’ Grammar, Junior Playground

Early Learning

Playgrounds, recreational spaces and gardens within learning environments are vital for the appearance and function of the institution, but most importantly are critical for the experience of the children, teachers and parents. Ochre Landscape aims to provide creative and inspirational external spaces combining the principles of both natural and structured play. Plant material plays a pivotal role in our play space designs. A play space with little or no natural shade is uninspiring, hot and provides limited stimulation. Reflective heat from large areas of artificial turf and rubber surfaces add very little to activities which engage children’s enquiring and imaginative minds. On the contrary, trees and shrubs provide natural play elements; sticks, flowers, seeds, nuts, bark to touch or peel, along with the cooling effect of natural shade.

Essential development

Uneven surfaces and negotiating around tree trunks and winding paths are essential to the development of childrens’ gross motor skills which is the beginning of the pathway toward well developed fine motor skills. Walking along raised steppers, planks or uneven rock surfaces provides an environment to stimulate the connection between what the eyes see and how that information is translated into body movement.

Considerate and challenging

We aim to produce exceptional landscapes tailored to each client’s requirements, utilitarian needs, sense of place and budget. We often work closely with architects of new buildings to provide a cohesive landscape and building project. Ochre Landscape will always consider the existing site and architecture carefully and enjoy developing innovative designs that at times challenge the common perceptions of the garden and playground stereotype.

Key Skills

Ochre Landscape Designers have Bachelor level Horticultural Qualifications and treat the documentation of plant materials and soils with equal importance as the ‘hard’ landscape elements. Plant selection and general plant knowledge are key skills that the Ochre Landscape team bring to each new challenge. Our garden designers combine this horticultural knowledge with their talent in artistic design to create each playground and garden.

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    Holmesglen TAFE, Moorabbin Campus
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    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Elm Tree Courtyard
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    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Grounds
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    Ivanhoe Grammar School, Plenty Campus, Library Forecourt
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    Luther College, Croydon Hills
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    Ruyton Girls’ Grammar
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    Shelford Girls Grammar

Educational Spaces

Ochre’s involvement with Gardens for Educational Spaces began at Ruyton Girls’ School back in 1996 where the then Principal Prue Gillies engaged Ochre Landscape to revitalise the grounds of Ruyton. Ochre has a had a close association with Ruyton ever since. Over this time many students, teachers, parents and visitors to the school have enjoyed the beautiful gardens. Similarly Shelford Girls’ Grammar has been under the guidance of the Ochre Team for many years.

Great gardens in schools create great results

The appearance of educational gardens is so important for the vibe of the organisation. It displays the caring nature of the institution as well as providing a relaxed environment for all users. In 2014 both Shelford and Ruyton topped the VCE results and we at Ochre are claiming that great gardens in schools create great results!

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    A Front Garden Re-invented
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    A Riot of Colour
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    Colourful Courtyard
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    Contemporary Parterre
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    Entertaining Space
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    Garden Gone Wild
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    Garden in the Hills
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    Oriental Twist
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    Perennial Perfection
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    Sculptured Garden
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    Size Doesn’t Matter
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    Sustainable Native Garden

Residential Gardens

We aim to produce exceptional gardens tailored to each client’s taste, utilitarian needs and budget. We consider the existing site and architecture carefully and enjoy developing innovative designs that challenge the common perceptions of garden stereotype. An important element to Ochre garden designs is, and always has been, our diverse and intricate plantings. Ochre staff have horticultural backgrounds and treat the preparation and planting of gardens with equal importance as the ‘hard’ landscape elements.

Unique design

Ochre’s designers are always striving to create something unique with each design and are constantly on the lookout for new materials and plants to incorporate. We find inspiration in the most unlikely places! CAD software allows us to offer the associated efficiency, precision, and scale, without compromising on graphics or plan details. Plan presentation is clear, precise and easy to work with, yet still a piece of art within itself.

Ochre Landscape Design Process

You may choose to engage Ochre to develop any combination of concept or planting plans, construction details and specifications, irrigation or lighting plans for use with a licensed contractor.

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Concept Plan

Plan, elevation and detail drawings are developed, as required, using CAD software to demonstrate the possibilities for your garden space. The concept plan is not a comprehensive construction document, but rather a detailed vision and collaboration of ideas. A concept plan will often document:

  • Major elements of the design such as level changes, hard surfaces, garden areas, water features, focal points, access routes and important views
  • The manner in which these elements combine to create a cohesive, interesting and individualised garden
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Planting Plan

The planting does as much for the feel of a garden as the built structures. Ochre Landscape specialises in the development of creative designs drawing from a broad palette of interesting and less common plant species; something, both as horticulturists and designers, we are all very proud of. Planting plans generally include:

  • Individual plant symbols, positions, quantities and planting requirements
  • A plant schedule including botanical and common names
  • A reference CD specific to your complement of garden plants, including colour photos
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Construction Plans

A comprehensive set of drawings suitable for use with any licensed contractor, these may include:

  • Elevation, perspective and detail drawings as required
  • Detailed dimensions for all hard surfaces and structures
  • Specification listing incorporating materials and finishes, construction details and recommended suppliers
  • Irrigation and Lighting Plans

Drainage, electrical and other subsurface construction requirements can be detailed as required.

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Implementation

There are several ways in which your garden can progress from design to completion. You may choose to:

  • Engage Ochre Landscape for the purpose of project management. We find this to be convenient for most clients
  • Use contractors that you are familiar with, but have Ochre provide consultancy and advice as necessary
  • Build the garden yourself, have Ochre assist as required and provide plant sourcing/supply services at a competitive rate

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