Awards of Excellence
Matthew O’Grady of Matthew O’Grady Landscape Designs has been awarded the coveted “Design Residential Landscape award at the Master Landscapers of SA, Awards of Excellence 2016 and 2017. (category Residential Landscape $30,000-$60,000 and Residential Landscape $70,000-$150,000 respectively). These awards of excellence are held annually in the first week of November. They are to recognise and encourage excellence in the landscape industry.
The judging criteria is based on the Royal Horticulture Society , Chelsea Flower Show rules. Each entrant has to achieve 75 points out of 100 before they are eligable for nomination.
The 2017 award which is officially titled, ‘Design of Residential Landscape, $70,000 – $150,000″ was for the exciting and themed design on a project called “Alice” at Semaphore. This design was to showcase “Alice in Wonderland” , a cast bronze life like statue which the owners had specially commisioned from Hampton Court, England.
This garden is based on an English style theme to compliment Alice’s history. Matthew designed a room for “Alice” with a stunning rustic wooden arbour as the entrance to her room with a stone path leading to it. The Cheshire Cat was a suprise inclusion when Alice arrived, so the perfect place for him was to sit atop this rustic entrance where he looks down on Alice as she looks up at him. Other hard scaping features a stone wall with a large mirror reflecting Alice and the cat. A red brick winding herringbone path leads from the home to the garage across the lawn.
Red and white roses adorn the verandah interspersed with mathmatically placed french lavender and hedged Japanese box with spheres at the corners.
There are many other quirky features to compliment the Alice in Wonderland theme. A pair of pink flamingos nestled against the backdrop of tall crimson spires and other plantings gives a feel of adventure, fun yet private screening.
The owners are delighted and love sitting in this beautiful garden admiring all the various plantings which showcase “Alice” so fittingly.
Matthew was thrilled to receive another award at this prestigious annual event.
He said, ” I am so pleased and proud to receive the award. It gives me great pleasure to design and create gardens which suit the owners needs and in this case, an unusual themed landscape. I am also proud that all 5 gardens we entered this year, all met the 75 point criteria and were so nominated. The standard was high with many entrants. Like the judging co-ordinator told me on the night of the awards that whilst not all gardens can win an award but every single one of my clients / entrants love their gardens, were so proud to show them off and that’s an award in itself to me and them. Thank you to all my wonderful clients for trusting me with their gardens which they live in. I call them ,”Living Libraries.” as they make living memories for all those who enjoy them,”
Pictures of “Alice” to be posted soon.
The 2016 award which is officially titled ‘Design of Residential Landscape $30,000 – $60,000’ was for the exceptional design of a project on a new build at Somerton Park.
The garden, featuring an eye catching central water feature surrounded by beautiful sculptural plants, adds considerable aesthetic and financial value to complete the already stunning property.
Working within the owner’s specifications of being attractive, low maintenance, environmentally sympathetic and hardy, Mathew created a desert spring like oasis to surround the home, reminiscent of the famous Palm Springs garden architecture of the 1950s.
Mathew O’Grady, the owner and founder of Matthew O’Grady Landscape Designs was thrilled to receive the awards and said,
“My great passion is gardens and I love to design and build them, then watch them thrive. More than anything I love to see the people I create gardens for, revel in their new garden environment. I coin it creating, ‘living libraries’. Each garden room creates memories for the owner and their families, in this case in particular for them and their grandchildren. It gives me great pleasure to think of them all together enjoying their new ‘living libraries”.”
“Backyard,” a renowned national magazine, featured this Award winning garden in their Designer Gardens section in July 2017.
Based in Adelaide, Matthew O’Grady Landscape Designs have worked with a long list of very satisfied clients to create exceptional gardens and outdoor living spaces for over a decade.
Mathew commented, “Every project, no matter how large or small, is given the same intense attention. We talk to our clients and develop a real understanding of the kind of outdoor spaces they wish to create, and then we go about building it within their budget.”
A new passion of Mathew’s, and something that testifies to his philosophy that garden spaces contribute to a healthy and joyful ‘frame of mind’, is his efforts in developing Sensory Gardens; Aged care and Dementia Specific Sensory Gardens around Australia.