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reating an indoor space outside then adding
natural elements is the easiest way to
describe what landscape designers Dion
and Annette Griffiths do. The couple started
Evolve Landscape Design about three years ago, and 18 months later
won two awards at Garden Week. Pretty good going in such a short
time. It must come naturally to these partners in business and life –
they married two years ago after being together for some years.
They both used to work in garden maintenance and found they
were maintaining gardens they didn’t like the look of, Dion explains.
“We thought we could do better,” Annette adds. So they both decided
to study horticulture and landscape design at Murdoch TAFE, which
took them two years part-time. Today, they love what they do and
are excited to be working together in a field that inspires them both.
“We bounce ideas off each other and both have strengths in
different a reas,” A nnette says. She is more of a ‘details person’, who
enjoys focusing on colours and plants. Dion is more a ‘big picture
person’ who loves the layout of an area and the shapes created. “I
have a good understanding of how things work together,” he says.
They aim to create an outdoor space that not only matches
the home’s exterior, but also connects with the indoor space by
complementing it. They use a lot of right angles and off-set angles,
CLOCKWISE from above A grass tree adds
a sculptural element to a coastal garden; soft
groundcover under spiky foliage, and a variety of
river stones, bring in different textures; a simple
water feature is surrounded by mixed foliage.
OPPOSITE Annette and Dion Griffiths from
Evolve Landscape Design.
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