The Awards night was a glitzy, impressively well-organised and HUGE event at Melbourne’s Pullman Albert Park, worthy of Landscaping Victoria’s 50 Year celebration. Glittering gowns (yes you Megan Flower, LV’s GM), fun entertainment (MC Lawrence Mooney) and an excellent band kept the hundreds of attendees laughing, applauding and dancing the night away.
Victorious Chris Weiss and his team at Formation Landscapes submitted two landscapes in Surrey Hills in Melbourne’s east. Surrey Hills Project #1 saw Chris up on stage accepting awards for the Landscape Design Under 60sqm, and also the Grant Saltmarsh Memorial ‘Feature in the Landscape‘ Award.
Surrey Hills Project #2 won the Landscape Design Over 200sqm category Residential Landscape Construction over $300,000, as well as the prestigious Landscape of the Year. Congratulations to Chris on his many wins and also to his talented and supportive team.
The judges citation described the Landscape of the Year as:
“useable, low maintenance entertainment space incorporating a kid friendly zone, and year-round functionality”
“a fantastic balance of both hard and soft scape elements, completed to an impeccable level of detail”.
Semken Landscaping, well-known for their beautiful MIFGS gardens but a first-time entrant at these awards, won the Landscape Maintenance and Management category for its impeccable Plenty Project, with which the company has been involved for 15 years.
The luscious plantscapes revealed in the Plants in the Landscape award must have given the judges a real headache in choosing a winner. Jane Jones Landscapes took home the coveted award for a project in Kew, with the judges commenting that the garden:
“invites exploration and shines with personality and life”
Along with several High Commendation and Commendation awards, C.O.S. Design was victorious in the Landscape Design 60-200sqm category with its Canterbury Project, described by the judges as a:
“modern, clean, highly functional and visually appealing outdoor living zone”
The hotly contested Residential Construction categories resulted in wins for Bayon Gardens in the Residential Construction Under $50K category; Esjay Landscapes for Residential Construction $50K-$150K and Apex Landscapes for Residential Landscape Construction $150K-$300K.
In the commercial categories, Warrandale Industries shone with its Melbourne Zoo Lemur Project in Commercial Landscape Construction Under $500K and then again in the Hard Structures in the Landscape for its Grampian Hikers Camp Project. PTA Landscapes won Commercial Construction Over $500K with its Monash University Clayton Project.
I was especially thrilled to see Alison Aplin of Timandra Design and Landscaping who has written many excellent stories for GardenDrum, accept the Sustainable Landscape award. Alison regularly writes and speaks on sustainable landscape design and is both its passionate advocate and experienced practitioner. Congratulations Alison!
Apart from award categories for specific projects, it’s great to see that Landscaping Victoria also rewards businesses that are contributing to the overall professionalism of the landscaping industry. The ‘Rising Star‘ award for a business less than 5 years old went to Landscape Plus, acknowledging the hard work of director Chris Keay.
Another business familiar to those who are regulars at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, or who need top quality plants for their projects throughout Victoria is Warners Nursery, which was awarded a well-deserved Supplier of the Year. Not surprising when you learn that the 102 year old Warners company has been a member and supporter of LV for an astonishing 47 of its 50 years.
And where would the future of the landscaping industry be without fabulous apprentices? Apprentice of the Year went jointly to Erik Holt of Ian Barker Landscapes and Thomas Conboy of Formation Landscapes. Two top employees in two top companies.
To round out the Landscaping Victoria night of nights, Awards of Merit went to Landscaping Victoria’s President Paul Hamilton and Board Member Terry Meehan, and Life Membership to Bruce Winstanley.