With an eye for beautiful and different plants and how to combine, place and source them, avantgardener is Jackie McWilliam, a Melbourne-based landscape designer (RMIT 2004).
Our landscapes focus on aesthetics, enjoyment, practicality and sustainability. From small urban gardens to large country landscapes and coastal retreats, our gardens are designed to meet your individual desires and requirements. They can be radical and different or creative and more conservative, and developed and installed with as much or as little input from you as you wish.
Avantgardener design gardens from scratch, developing concept drawings, a plant palette and full landscape plans if required. We also provide a consultation service if you only wish to enhance an existing garden. We can personally select your plants to ensure the highest available quality and value for money, and will project manage or oversee the installation of your new garden with either our preferred contractors or one you might wish to use.
It's in my roots.
My grandma was a gardener. She had the hugest silver birch you'd ever seen, with millions of cicadas living in it. There were hydrangeas and camellias and thousands of freesias and the most amazing baby's tears moss growing all along the path on the shady side of the house. I remember her religiously planting lobelia seedlings every year.
My mum is a gardener. When I was young mum always had flowers from the garden in the house. She still does. We had a big garden with lots of different garden beds and lots of different plants. I remember trying to grow avocadoes in milk bottles, unsuccessfully transplanting grandma's moss, and being so disappointed over the death of many an African Violet and Venus Fly Trap. I made mum give me my own garden bed and I've been gardening seriously ever since. In 2004 I completed a Certificate of Garden Design at RMIT. This is when I started designing gardens for others.