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my future and now ex-wife in London, but
she was from Perth on a working holiday
there. So, when I was 29 I decided to move to
Perth to be with her and get out of London."
Leaving London, Antony arrived in
Australia during Keating's recession in the
early 90s. With bricklaying and floristry
qualifications already under his belt,
Antony decided it was time again to further
"I realised it would be very hard to get
work here, so I enrolled in TAFE and did a
certificate of horticultural practice,"
After getting the bug for horticulture,
Antony wanted to know more.
Unfortunately, he hit a stumbling block
when he wanted to study a science and
horticulture degree at the University of
"I really got the taste of study and wanted
to know more, but with a lack of science and
chemistry background I got knocked back
from UWA," says Antony. "So I had no choice
but to go and do Year 12 studies."
After surviving the Year 12 curriculum
and working at the same time, Antony went
through four years of science at UWA and
received an honours degree in horticulture.
"I am now a horticulturalist with a raft
of qualifications because you really need to
be qualified in these areas," says Antony.
"Anyone can start off with a ute and a shovel,
but there's much more required than that."
In 2003, Antony Konig Landscapes was
born. rough his company Antony designs
and constructs gardens for his customers,
and he loves every job.
"It's a small, boutique company and when
I do construction work I only do one job at a
time," says Antony. "I love the design side,
but I also love putting things together with
the construction -- I don't need to go to the
gym for workouts with all the hard physical
labour I do."
And a bit of physical labour must be in
order when Antony describes the way he
feels about designing.
" e design aspect is like cooking; once
you've got the hang of things with some
rudimentary skills you can produce good
dishes; but add subtle differences, like
putting cardamom in rhubarb crumble,
really makes things delicious," says Antony.
Having learnt so much along the way from
various institutions, Antony felt the need to
put back into the landscaping community
via the West Australian branch of
Landscaping Industries of Australia (LIAWA).
He was initially a committee member and
" e design aspect is like
cooking; once you've got
the hang of things with
some rudimentary skills
you can produce good
dishes; but add subtle
differences, like putting
cardamom in rhubarb
crumble, really makes
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