Lynn, Hawthorn

“Eight years ago, I was introduced to Helen by the landscape company that had designed our garden. I knew very little about the care and maintenance required, but I did know I wanted the garden to not only be lovely to look at but also a place that met the needs of a family with three children. The garden had been designed and planted in 2002 and by the time Helen came to work in it, it was beginning to suffer from lack of attention.  Over the next four years under Helen’s expertise, it was literally transformed from being nice but nothing special, into being accepted into the 2008 Victorian Design Fest. The weekend it was open saw around 400 people visit it,  and delight in ‘how much it was not just a showpiece but a family and a gardener’s garden.’

Over time Helen encouraged me to work with her and we spent many hours together, me being the grateful recipient of Helen’s wisdom and vision.

Helen’s move to the Bellarine Peninsula coincided with our decision to sell the house, leaving the garden to another family with young children to appreciate. I have now enjoyed several trips to visit Helen’s new garden down on the coast and this garden truly reflects Helen’s ongoing passion for her work.”