At John Leathart Landscapes, we believe in a truly collaborative garden design process. We approach each new design and construction project with thought and care, making a point of really listening to you to get a sound understanding of how your new garden can best complement your tastes and lifestyle.
We love to work with people who value the creative process and get a great deal of satisfaction out of creating a beautiful environment for our clients, their family and friends to enjoy for many years to come.
We are as invested in the outcome of your new garden as you are, and our approach to landscape design and construction reflects our dedication to our craft.
John Leathart Landscapes offers a full range of landscaping services, from design, to construction, to ongoing maintenance of your garden. It is rare for one company to offer all three services, and it is also rare for your Landscape Designer to be responsible for the installation of your garden as well as overseeing the ongoing care of your plants and landscape. This approach ensures the highest level of quality control and attention to detail every step of the way.
From a minimalist courtyard garden to a productive edible garden and everything in between, we create innovative, smart outdoor spaces that can be maintained and nurtured easily. Based on your wants, needs and lifestyle, we can design, create and maintain the perfect garden space for you, whatever your chosen theme.
We prefer to work in a collaborative manner; listening to and respecting your particular needs and wishes, while endeavouring to help you see all the creative possibilities!
We meet you at your property to discuss the vision you have for your outdoor space, your lifestyle, and other influences that may impact the garden’s creation. The initial consultation is also a great time to discuss any inspiration you have found, whether that be other gardens, plants, or products.
While we are there, we undertake a site evaluation including key measurements and levels of the area, adjacent buildings and surrounds.
After the development of preliminary designs, we present you with a hand-drawn concept, discuss your feedback, and make changes as necessary. Further meetings can be requested, and we are always available to discuss the concepts/ ideas if need be.
We can quote on design of the garden only, or can remain engaged with the project through construction and beyond, with our ongoing maintenance packages ensuring that your garden is nurtured, established, and continues to thrive as it grows.
This stage of the design finalises dimensions and levels, planting and positions, material selections and details, and the final garden layout.
We will produce detailed 2D scale drawings listing all plants and materials, including careful management of existing plants or trees, and hard landscaping that is kept.
Plant images and material swatches are included to help you envisage what your final garden will look like. Depending on the project, 3D visuals may also be used to showcase more complex designs.
We pride ourselves on maintaining open communication throughout the process to keep you informed along the way. We also understand that not everything is always set in stone, and so can work with you to make other adjustments to the garden along the way.
Off the back of a successful career in the Arts, John followed a passion for furniture design, seeing 7 years spent working for premier multi-disciplinary designer Khai Liew in Adelaide. Enjoying the creativity of the design process, John established John Leathart Landscapes to incorporate his love of plants and the natural world.
Now with over a decade working with landscapes and commissioned gardens, John’s broad experience across the creative arts, attention to detail, and understanding of construction, ensures his gardens are well-made, thoughtful, creative and inspiring.
With a focus on textural qualities and longevity of material choices, John’s accommodating artistic vision means he enjoys building trust with his clients and incorporating them into a truly collaborative design process.
Clients appreciate this, calm, collaborative, and methodical approach, meaning that no matter what the project, John is able to find the right balance.