Ian Barker

About Ian Barker

Ian began his landscape design, construction and maintenance business in 1996 after completing two apprenticeships, several horticultural courses, plus extensive work experience abroad. Ian places high importance on helping clients design a garden that’s tailored specifically for them. His approachable demeanour, love for the outdoors and timeless style continue to prove a winning combination. Ian Barker Gardens is now a three time medal winner at the world renowned Chelsea Flower Show in London, and most recently won a gold medal for the show garden ‘Cross Roads’ at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Romantic perennial garden a florist’s dream

I knew from the outset that this garden in the beachside suburb of St Kilda, completed earlier this year, would be an exciting project to work on. As a company, the most satisfying jobs are where we’re involved in every step, starting with the design but continuing on through the construction and planting of the garden, and then also the follow-up garden maintenance. Continue reading

Design for a plant-focussed parterre garden

Investing in a new garden is a big commitment. Not only is it essential to create a beautiful space that will add value to your home, it’s also important to have a space that meets your lifestyle needs and personal tastes. When the owners of this home in Melbourne’s leafy Glen Iris decided it was time for a garden revamp, they enlisted us to design something that suited them to a tee. Continue reading