'we want to live life feeling connected with the world that supports us'
At Fresh Landscape Design we create outdoor places, large and small, that combine the amazing things that humans can do with the awesome capacities of natural systems to solve problems. These places range from streets and parks to gardens and small farms. Our favourite challenges are working with communities to make plans for the future and helping to design infrastructure projects where some early input from us can deliver bonus environmental benefits.
We work with people to find strategies that will work for them. We apply our knowledge of natural, rural and urban ecosystems to solve problems. We use landscape architecture combined with whole systems thinking to make plans. We share and communicate our ideas in all sorts of ways.
We haven’t had much luck with growing citrus outdoors at Roogulli. Lemons and limes that started out as good sized trees got smaller each year with the onslaught of long frosty winters.
Nine years ago, sitting at the top of the site cut for our new house, I found myself gripped with design paralysis. The garden could be anything so what should it be? The house under construction combined bold architectural design with every principle of sustainable building design that we could achieve. Could these principles also be applied to a garden? Other than in the permaculture world it was hard to find guidance on how to go about designing sustainable landscapes and permaculture gardens appeared to be rather messy. The answer seemed to be to set up a challenge to make a contemporary garden melding bold design and lessons from permaculture. A design with strong bones was born and construction of the Roogulli ‘slow’ garden began.
Our hens love to eat fresh greens and we love the colourful eggs that they produce when they have leafy greens in their diet. The puzzle has always been how to give the hens access to a consistent, everyday supply of fresh green leaves.
We believe it is important that our lives and work have as little adverse impact on the environment as possible. We don’t claim to be completely sustainable in everything we do, but is a goal we aim for and colours all our decision making.
All electricity in our house and office is generated from our solar panels. We are not connected to the grid, instead we have batteries to store energy during the day for us to use at night.