An enchanting design by Carolyn and Joby Blackman from Vivid Design, the hard and soft landscape to create the dream was beautifully realised by Van Leeuwen Green.
Our new garden design gives us both a sense of space and intimacy, active production areas and calm zones, all in one. It is our retreat and both harmonises and reinvigorates. "We wanted to go back to what almost everyone had in their childhood – a garden that would give sustenance to the family and provide that secret corner of peace and beauty”.
We love our vegie and herb garden beds, the beautiful French pattern of the bluestone paved-areas, the intricate design of the front path and driveway, all superbly constructed by Chris Harvey and his team, and, both front and rear gardens planted, irrigated and lit by Hendrik Van Leeuwen and his hard working team are now ready for years of enjoyment and TLG (Tender Loving Growth)… a big thank you for bringing to life our secret gardens.
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Once again Hendrik you have exceeded my expectations.
I could not be happier with the end result of the now second transformation you have completed for me. My front garden has gone from a space which seemed impossible to transform to a beautiful entrance to my home which I enjoy immensely on a daily basis.
I am certain that apart from my daily enjoyment the transformation has added enormously to the street appeal of my home and consequently to the value. I have been stopped a number of times by passer’s by and neighbours in the street who comment how wonderful my garden is. What a difference this has made from so many aspects both from an aesthetic and practical point of view. It is just amazing.
I cannot thank yourself, designer Rae Jones Evans and your very professional and courteous team members enough for making my long held dream for my front garden become a reality. It is now truly something I can be very proud of!!!
Hendrik and his team have done a fantastic job on our front and back gardens.
We have a 1940’s semidetached home in Malvern East which we renovated. Upon completion we were left with a dustbowl in the front yard and a poorly designed garden outback.
In our search for landscapers via the internet, we looked at the galleries (for layout design) of those we thought we wanted to deal with. We spoke with a couple of these landscapers and the experience was not good to say the least.
We found Van Leeuwen Green via the internet and knew the gardening designs depicted in the ‘gallery’ would suit us. When we rang to discuss our requirements, Hendrik made an appointment for two days later which was great and suited us. We had a number of garden photos and designs which in the end we didn’t even show Hendrik as he instinctively seemed to understand the brief from our discussions and his experience. He advised layout and plants to achieve what we were looking for.
Hendrik recommended mature plants in the front yard to both soften the harsh dark grey driveway and provide shade and IMPACT.
Our backyard lawn is part shaded during winter creating a patchy effect. Hendrik suggested steppers with ground cover for this area and laid new lawn in the other part. He also planted safe and hardy plants that would take a bit of rough treatment from the dogs.
On completion of the site visit and discussions, Hendrik had a quote (including all the plants) back to us the following day with the cost estimates being pretty spot on with our expectations . Upon our quote acceptance, Hendrik booked the job 2 weeks in advance and he and his team completed the work within the week.
We are extremely happy with the end result and can't praise Hendrik’s skill and professionalism enough. We highly recommend Van Leeuwen Green and we intend to use their maintenance services.
We’ve been using Van Leeuwen Green’s services for around 13 years and couldn’t be happier.
They initially transformed the back yard and smartened up the front and installed irrigation systems to make our life easier. We’ve just had the garden drought-proofed for the future; a garden is an expensive investment and we didn’t want to see it suffer any more in the heat, especially if we went on holiday and couldn’t be there to do anything about it. Hendrik and his team came and analysed our garden structure then made a number of recommendations regarding plant types and lawns and the revamp of our irrigation system. In just four days days the team transformed both the front and back. We are very pleased with our fabulous ‘new’ garden. It gets so many positive comments from neighbours and passers-by. With Hendrik’s professional and expert garden maintenance team looking after things we can look forward to stress free summer holidays.
Our garden looks terrific and it is already getting plenty of use.
The synthetic turf area is particularly popular with the kids & their friends. Please pass on our thanks to all of your staff for their professionalism and hard work. Stephen and the team were friendly, reliable and their communication throughout the project was first class. We will happily pass on your details to friends, family and colleagues as we were absolutely delighted with whole experience with your company.
We are pleased to recommend Van Leeuwen Green to those seeking first class garden maintenance and specialist horticultural services.
Hendrik and his team have helped us on several occasions, most recently by installing a drip irrigation system in our front and back gardens and by pruning our overgrown citrus and magnolia trees to ensure they are both more productive and attractive.
I could not have been more delighted with the transformation of small front and back gardens.
Hendrik was obviously able to envisage the end result and he then set about achieving it. He also made a very sensible suggestion that the herb garden be raised with a bench along its length – no need to bend to pick herbs!
The young men who did the hard slog of clearing the original garden worked hard and very cheerfully.
I would have no problem recommending Van Leeuwen Green
Employing the services of Van Leeuwen Green for my landscape design and construction has proved a great decision in the renovation of my period home.
With the completion of substantial and transformative works I now enjoy a most beautiful garden, both wonderful to live and entertain as well as to retreat, relax and revive. In addition, it has added immeasurably to the value of the property.
Hendrik and his team have used their vision and experience to understand, conceptualize, design and build what began as an ill-formed brief. Plant selection, maintenance advice, garden lighting and professional referrals were all carefully considered and seamlessly incorporated into the job.
The most impressive aspects of this experience however, have been the high standard of workmanship at every stage and the quality of plants and materials which are second to none. The design and landscape staff were considerate and a pleasure to deal with at every stage.
I highly recommend Hendrik and his company to those considering a landscape project in the future and wish him and his excellent staff good fortune in their future endeavors.
Firstly, let me say how wonderful my rear garden transformation is and how impressed and delighted that I am.
I could not wait to get up this morning to see it again and have already given it a water to ensure it all is kept in it’s perfection. Peter was very impressed even when he saw it in the dark last night.
Many thanks for your professionalism and your great design ideas ideas. I was happy to hear that you were very happy with the work you did here. I know your awards speak for themselves and you probably don’t need recommendations but I would highly recommend you to anyone.
At 48 Lansell Road Toorak we take great pride in our property with its integrated gardens and surrounds. Therefore the selection of the Garden Maintenance contractor was critical.
We needed someone who respected what was established but had the vision to build on and enhance the ideas we had about new plantings.
We needed a thorough professional who had a respect for our environment, our residents and our budget. Van Leeuwen Green was clearly the right choice. In a short period they have delivered.
The garden is getting back to full health and we look forward to enjoying the beauty as our gardens continue to flourish.
We also look forward to a long standing relationship with Van Leeuwen Green.
The first thing I noticed when Hendrik came to look at the job was his professionalism.
He did not have to go and talk to someone else or wait until work started to assess what exactly needed to be done and how long it would take.
We discussed it there and then. I had a quote the next day. Not only did I not have to chase it, it was the only comprehensive quote I received, inclusive of all associated costs.
The price Hendrik quoted was pretty much the price I paid. Hendrik said it would take 3 weeks and it took exactly 3 weeks.
Ben Dave and Steve did the construction and they were a pleasure to work with and watch. Everything was done right the first time, nothing had to be changed or fixed and the place was left neat and tidy every day.
Thank you guys for transforming an out of control overgrown mess into a beautiful space.