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Jacquie Chirgwin is owner and principal designer of Hope & Heart Garden Design. She trained in garden design at Burnley Horticultural College (University of Melbourne), and has designed and cared for gardens of all types in the Melbourne region and in the UK. She has also worked for many years as an Oncologist caring for women with breast cancer. This has lead to her interest in designing healing gardens which make a difference to health and well being and quality of life.

She and her team take pride in providing a personalised and friendly service, helping you to achieve a garden with the look and feel you are striving for. Her focus is to develop a garden that uplifts and nurtures you. She takes time and care to understand you and how you will use your outdoor space and what special needs and wishes you have, whilst considering the opportunities and challenges of the site. She will be able to discuss ideas and options for your consideration, with the aim of creating an exceptional garden - something that really works for you and that you will want to spend time in. Gardens are all about how they make you feel and her aim is to bring you a sense of peace and tranquillity and a beauty that satisfies. Her design philosophy is to create a garden for you that not only reflects your personal style and tastes, but also provides you with a comfortable and exciting space for all your outdoor activities together with places for reflection and healing.. After exploring your preferences she works to combine these with a variety of design elements such as stunning colours and colour harmonies, textural contrasts, aromatic and perfumed plants, the sounds of water and wind, back lighting effects, elegant curves, interesting shapes and patterns, eclectic garden art, striking focal points, borrowed vistas and much more, to create something personal and unique.

With her team she can undertake the construction of your garden, using a recommended landscape contractor for built elements of the final design. You also have the option of choosing your own contractor or building the garden yourself. In this instance it is a good idea for us to be involved with various aspects such as layout of hard landscaping and plant placement to ensure adherence to the design intent. Of course, carefully considered variation to the original plan is not a problem during the construction phase and often enhances the end result.

We are a specialized boutique garden design service with our own distinct philosophy. We work with you to discover what it is that will make your garden 'sing' for you whilst at the same time considering the practicalities. Our exceptional results depend on carefully developing the brief for the project with you. We spend time listening to you focussing on getting to know a bit about how you and your family or community 'tick' as well as exploring your own ideas for the garden. We also make a careful assessment of the site looking for its opportunities and discovering the problems which require solutions. We take care to ensure that the practical considerations such as functional uses of the space, maintenance and sustainability go hand in hand with the aesthetic and emotive aspects of the design process. We aim for a superb use of space and the 'wow factor' every time.

Our gardens are graceful and serene and as varied as our clients. All are based on the our underlying philosophies:

  • listening in depth to our clients
  • developing designs from the heart
  • creating the right ambience for each client and
  • attention to detail

We provide a very personal, friendly, reliable and attentive service. Our aim is to please and to "get the job done". As we are committed to providing our services to a wide range of people including those with small budgets, we strive to make our fees affordable, and in some cases discounts are available. In the case of community projects we may be able to assist in identifying funding sources.

As well as designing the garden, we can assist and oversee its construction. We will recommend suitable landscape contractors to build the garden. We provide plant sourcing, placement and planting and also can assist with the "finishing touches" to the garden - such as pots, urns, sculptures and other garden ornamentation.

She specializes in:

  • Modern Australian dry gardens
  • English style gardens for Australia
  • Native gardens
  • Healing and therapeutic gardens
  • Mediterranean gardens
  • Courtyard and rooftop gardens
  • Cottage gardens for Australia
  • Gardens for commercial properties
  • Semi-formal gardens

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