From a young age I had a love of plants and understood the pleasure being in a landscaped environment brings. I wanted to work in an industry which allowed me to create those environments and make a diﬀerence to people’s lives.
Landscape designers are passionate about the industry and love sharing that passion with team members and clients. You are constantly learning and there is always something new to incorporate into design ideas.
What drew me to the industry goes way back when I owned a company in another industry which was stressful with long hours and had grown over the 10 years I was involved to include 70 employees, 2 business partners and a diverse range of businesses. I would go walking through the amazing Hunter Valley Gardens and the peace and wonder I felt walking those gardens gave me the incentive to retrain as a landscape designer and sell my former business share.
2021 Landscape Industry Apprentice of the Year - Construction - Aiden
Aiden started at Landscape Solutions in 2019 having previously tried a variety of other trades such as plumbing and painting and quickly realised that the landscaping industry was where he wanted to be, fulfilling his desire to work outside with a hands-on industry.
I was at Gatton Agricultural College (studying beekeeping) and I started doing garden work at my parents’ home. I enjoyed it and went from there to work on a turf farm and then started basic landscaping in Brisbane.
I love working outside, I love the creative side of the job. The satisfaction of seeing a job come together, grow and change over the years.
2022 Landscape Industry Apprentice of the Year - Parks & Gardens - Christian
Christian didn't set out to work in landscaping and started in the military. He discovered love and passion for landscaping on recommencing work in the industry when he left the military and hasn't looked back. Meet the 2022 Landscape Industry Apprentice of the Year Christian and find out more about how your transferable skills can help you get started!
I left school and started working a few different jobs. It was then I met a landscaper and arborist and started working for them. I discovered I really had a passion for horticulture, and I never looked back.
I love constantly moving around (not stuck at a desk), working with others to achieve a good result, and being able to create a beautiful outdoor space for my clients.
I became disillusioned in my prior role in construction and wanted to change my career path, I was inspired by my grandfather who was a brilliant gardener and used to take me with him working in the grounds of stately homes when I was a child.
I love creating tangible things like wildlife habitats that could last for hundreds of years and assist native animals. It’s extremely rewarding to see completed projects grow and mature.