Steve Garland

Steve Garland MLArch Hort Cert PLD

Steve Garland has over 40 years’ experience in all aspects Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape and Irrigation Design, Practice and Consulting. Over the last 20 years frequently in conjunction with Dr Mick Battam (Managing Director AgEnviro Solutions). He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture Degree, a Certificate of Horticulture and is a Member of the Landscape Design Institute. He worked as a climbing arborist in the 1980’s, before moving more into a consulting role. He is an expert in tree root identification and specific tree root systems and growth habits. He has extensive experience as an educator: lectured in Tree Identification and Horticulture at Sydney Uni, and taught Landscape, Horticulture, Irrigation and Soils for 5 years at Ryde TAFE. He wrote and delivered the Waterwise Garden Centre training course for Retail Nurseries in Sydney and compiled the plant lists and co-wrote and delivered the training courses for the Love Your Garden residential water saving program (applied to 26,000 houses). He has personally provided Horticultural and Arboricultural advice to hundreds of residences in the Greater Sydney area. He has extensive experience in the tree assessment of, and management plans, for culturally significant open space plant collections. This has included: Hyde Park, Cook and Phillip Park, Victoria Park, Auburn Botanic Gardens and Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. He investigated, reported and made recommendations for a stand of Ficus rubiginosa in Pirrama Park for Pat Houlcroft, City of Sydney Council and has surveyed and assessed biometrics, health and life expectancy, as well as provided allied advice, for hundreds of trees in Parramatta Park, Callan Park and Centennial Park. He was a Contributing Author and Technical Advisor, Sydney Water Best Practice Guidelines for Holistic Open Space Turf Management in Sydney, 2011. He has over 15 years’ experience in transplanting mature trees and shrubs, both deciduous and evergreen, in all seasons. Recently this included two large Magnolia grandiflora’s (8m high, 200mm girth) from a demolition site in Chatswood to a residence in Rose Bay in mid-spring. His work has been featured in Australian Horticulture, Backyard & Garden Design Ideas, Waterwise Gardens and Green Garden & Home magazines.
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