Through her work as a garden designer, Colleen assumes the role of picture maker and story teller, carefully crafting designs which tread lightly on the landscape. The aim is to conjure a beautiful framework underpinned by timeless design principles, within which the character of the garden can develop.
Colleen’s core philosophy is that a garden should be storytelling, engaging its inhabitants with a depth of character that goes beyond initial street appeal. It should reflect the needs and loves of those who share it rather than being driven by fleeting fashion - a place that evolves and captivates rather than something purchased “off the shelf”.
She chooses to preserve a rare craft by hand drawing her finely detailed plans, a process which optimises creativity and allows her and her client to develop an intimate knowledge of the envisioned space. The result is a bespoke, personal and carefully considered design which marries function, aesthetics and artistry.
Her work traverses a variety of garden styles and situations from heritage courtyards to rambling country gardens. Productive gardens, natural play areas, new perennial and sensory plantings often feature, with emphasis too on celebrating the changes in the garden throughout the seasons.
Colleen is a passionate gardener and advocate of the “slow gardening” philosophy - this does not mean “lazy gardening”, but rather encourages mindful enjoyment of the gardening process. She is a recipient of the prestigious TAFENSW State Medal for Excellence in Horticulture.
Though her growing professional art practice has meant Colleen's design practice has been wound back, she takes on occasional projects for clients who share her vision. She also shares her love for the garden in images and writing, via her letters, and also on Instagram. You are invited to follow along!