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A New Entry Garden for The Alfred

March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Jason Davidson Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital is undergoing a garden facelift.  What was once an overgrown and underused space on the hospital’s most prominant street frontage of Commercial Road, will soon be a welcoming and relaxing garden for visitors, patients and staff. Over the last two years, Genus has been working with The Alfred to […]
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The first steps to a Sustainable Home

November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Sustainable building is more than just a ‘buzzword’ these days. What was once a trend has now moved to a necessity; with more people every day thinking green. Sustainability starts with simplifying your life; minimising what you use, maximising what you repurpose and prioritising what really matters. Too much time, money, energy […]
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Project Update | Conservatory Malvern East

August 18, 2014 | 0 Comments


We are pretty excited to be involved in this project: Conservatory Malvern East by CHT Architects It is always great to work with a client and design team with a shared passion for the project and to see the evolution of a landscape from concept to reality! Well we are halfway there with Conservatory.  The […]
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Trends in backyard design | Guest Post

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus begin every landscape project with an entirely fresh and site specific approach.  Every client has their own individual tastes and requirements and it is our job to interpret those into an amazing garden for them to live in and enjoy. While each client is different, there are always common requests and […]
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Top Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring and Summer | Guest Post

July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments


Winter is not always the easiest time to be inspired by your garden.  It is however the perfect opportunity to plan and start your outdoor projects to be ready for the warmer months!  Today’s guest post comes from Ricky Hee at Fencemakers with some great ideas for your landscape. Top Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring/Summer […]
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Project Update | Dementia-friendly gardens

July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recently we have been involved in two very different projects for aged-care facilities and specifically designing gardens for residents with dementia.  These projects are extremely rewarding to be a part of and it is wonderful to see the gardens are now coming to life! As discussed earlier this year in ‘An Inspiring Approach to Dementia […]
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An Exciting Edible Garden Project! | via E and M’s Metricon Adventure

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments


It is really quite amazing to receive feedback of this kind. I am pretty speechless and so excited to be working with these clients.  A project is never just a plan on paper for me.  I really try to view myself in the finished garden and how I could interact with the spaces and I […]
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5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect | Guest Post

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Of course we recommend you use a landscape architect for your projects and here are some great reasons why you should make that decision! Thanks to Budget Temp Fencing for today’s guest post: 5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect Time to update your outdoor space? If planting a few new bulbs or a raised […]
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Upgrading to Timber-look Aluminium Slats – A Buyer’s Guide | Guest Post

March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recently the Genus team has specified aluminium fencing for a residential subdivision in Pakenham.  We saw it as a good solution for semi-transparent fencing to provide a level of passive surveillance between private yards and public reserves that cannot be achieved with a standard timber paling fence. Today’s guest post comes to us from Jamie […]
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An Inspiring Approach to Dementia Care | via Gizmodo

March 4, 2014 | 0 Comments


It is so great to find a project that really inspires us and reaffirms the positive action that our design profession can make to society. The Genus team have worked on a number of gardens for people with dementia.  There are common themes and the use of memory elements are important.  Dementia is challenging to […]
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What do want from your landscape? | Common design brief requests

February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


As with all designers, our process begins with a conversation with our client and establishment of a design brief. Each landscape project is different and this conversation gives us an understanding of what is important to our client and how the garden will work for them.  It may be a family with young children who […]
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5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Garden Pond | Guest Post

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


by Ricky Peterson – Swallow Aquatics As well as adding variety to your yard, ponds also attract an abundance of wildlife that can be beneficial for your garden, making them both practical and pleasing on the eye. If you have children ponds are a great educational tool, too. And, of course, they look stunningly beautiful. […]
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Landscape Design and Its Dynamic Ambiguity | IOTA Australia Guest Post

November 14, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today we feature another great article from Nicholas Jones at IOTA Australia.  Make sure you check out the IOTA Australia website for their great range of planters and landscape products.  The IOTA Garden Blog is also a great source of landscape design tips and inspiration. Landscape Design and Its Dynamic Ambiguity By Nicholas Jones | […]
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A Different Kind of Gum Tree | Ozbreed’s VINTAGE RED Eucalyptus

November 1, 2013 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus are always on the lookout for different plant species and ways to make our client’s gardens stand out.  So it is with great interest that we have been reading about this variety of Eucalyptus from Ozbreed – Eucalyptus ‘Vintage Red’. Darker foliage and especially deep red colours are very popular in […]
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Exotic, Native, Indigenous. What is the difference?

October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus gets asked this question often. While most people have an understanding of what is an exotic plant and what is a native plant, it is the definition of what is indigenous that causes confusion.  Much of the work we do is governed by guidelines of local councils and there is a […]
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Read the True Vision for Melbourne’s Royal Park | via The Age

July 24, 2013 | 0 Comments


How many of you have been to Royal Park? How many of you have visited a part of the park that is not a sports field or zoo? The wide expanses of the park to the north of the CBD are known to many, but many do not know the original design intent for the […]
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Work is underway on the Mt Eliza Garden | Project Update

July 18, 2013 | 2 Comments


We have been working with our clients on this project for a year now, so it great to finally be getting into the construction and seeing good progress on site! This home in Mt Eliza (built by Latitude 37 Homes) sits on a fantastic elevated block providing views across to Port Phillip Bay.  While the […]
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Our feature on ‘Best Gardens’ | Genus Office Update

June 21, 2013 | 0 Comments


It has been a busy time at the Genus office. The team is working hard on a variety of projects including private garden concepts in Seaford and Bentleigh, unit developments in Carrum Downs and an aged care facility in Hawthorn. We’ve also received plenty of wonderful feedback following our segment on ‘Best Gardens’!  For anyone […]
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Why should we install raingardens?

June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


While we have experienced a little more rain in Melbourne of late, it is still important to recognise the value of our stormwater and how we should re-use it in our gardens. The benefits of this include: Allowing water that falls on the site to be returned to the soil and maintaining as close to […]
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Summer Flowers in Pots and Planters | Feature Post – IOTA Australia

May 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today we bring you another guest post by Nicholas Jones – Managing Director at IOTA Australia.  With the cold weather approaching, Nicholas is looking forward to the warmer months and gives some great tips to let your plan for colour in your garden after Winter! IOTA are a major sponsor of our ‘Autumn Garden Revival’ […]
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Planting Bamboo in Pots and Planters | Feature Post – IOTA Australia

April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today’s post is brought to you by Nicholas Jones – Managing Director at IOTA Australia.  IOTA are a major sponsor of our ‘Autumn Garden Revival’ and provide top of the range garden pots and planters. Planting Bamboo in Pots and Planters Did you know that you can plant most types of bamboos in pots and planters? […]
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The Australian Garden is complete | Melbourne Australia | TCL and Paul Thompson « World Landscape Architecture

March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


Thanks to World Landscape Architecture for these amazing images of the Australian Garden (at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne), which is newly completed and open to the public!  This is such an important project for the story it tells of the Australian landscape and also its setting within the fantastic native bushland of the Cranbourne […]
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New Life for the Oakleigh Motel

December 18, 2012 | 4 Comments


The Oakleigh Motel has always stood out to those driving along Dandenong Road. The amazing facade, driveway portico and signage take us back to a golden age of motoring and the architecture of 1957. Genus has been a consultant on this project since 2009 and we have been well aware of the challenges faced with […]
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