1. Judy, can you tell us a little about how South House Gardens came to be?
The South House was a property I built on 5 acres south of Sydney and South House Gardens grew from there. My earlier careers were in fashion design and tv production but I couldn’t stay out of the garden so I incorporated my design skills and green thumbs, studied and gained qualifications and now operate my own landscape design business in Sydney.
2. What do you love most about designing gardens and outdoor spaces?
I love being able to see the end solution and bring ideas to life. I love working with the client to address their needs and wants; dealing with the practical issues on site; sourcing quality materials; managing the project to fruition; and being outside.
3. Do you have a favourite design style?
My favourite design style is one that can blend the existing elements of the outdoors and the new enhancements and make it look seamless.
4. Judy, you recently designed a new space in the riverside suburb of Putney in Sydney’s north west and it looked like you started with a blank canvas. How did you decide what materials would work best here?
With this specific project, we needed to accommodate the full western sun so I was looking for a light coloured, natural stone for the paving areas. The Lavarosa Limestone was perfect. It had a soft, natural variation, it looked great and being a natural stone it’s less heat absorbent.
In all my work, the materials have to enhance and complement the existing style. They have to be of high quality, durable, functional and aesthetically pleasing. Outdoor materials are not something you want to be replacing in a hurry.
5. What other materials do you like to work with?
My preference is generally towards natural materials – stone, steel, timber and of course, plants. The kinds of materials you would expect to find in nature.
6. With the new year underway, what are you looking forward to most in 2018?
Continuing to work with great people. I’ve been fortunate to work alongside really good clients, contractors and suppliers. And I look forward to more of the same in 2018. Do it once and do it well.