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.
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.
An effective planting creates interest and surprise as it transforms not only with the seasons but throughout lifetimes
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.
Simple yet striking plant composition is the key to a successful small garden
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.
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:
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:
A comprehensive set of drawings suitable for use with any licensed contractor, these may include:
Drainage, electrical and other subsurface construction requirements can be detailed as required.
There are several ways in which your garden can progress from design to completion. You may choose to: