Who We Are
HELLO, WE ARE GERMINATE GARDENS
Germinate Gardens offers complete project management of your outdoor space. Established in Sydney, Australia, in 2010,
founder Joshua McAllan now brings 19 years of landscaping and design experience to London. With a passion for creating beautiful outdoor living spaces and the aim of making your garden a true extension of your home, the Germinate Gardens team specialises in crafting gardens of all styles to varying budgets and sizes, working closely with you.
We have a wealth of experience and have carried out the construction of gardens designed by some of Australia’s highest profile designers and landscape architects. With proven excellence across a wide spectrum of projects, including high-end residential estates, large-scale public works, commercial properties, new-development apartment complexes and government contracts. We are excited to now offer the passion and expertise in our services of Design, Construction and Maintenance to our new United Kingdom clients.
Jane and Ken, Tennyson Point
“We were extremely lucky to have met Joshua, We found him very reliable and hardworking and were thrilled with all the work he has done for us”.
A QUICK SUMMARY OF WHAT WE DO
WHAT WE DO
We offer a variety of landscape design solutions.
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Working closely with you our talented garden designers or an architect will develop a unique design tailored to your personal projects, be it large or small.
We are experts in hard and soft landscaping, covering everything outside your home. We offer a complete solution to all your exterior construction needs, from large-scale complex projects to maximising small spaces.
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Keep your garden looking healthy and at its best.
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We offer a complete maintenance service for all your garden needs.
IN MORE DETAIL
The first step in turning your outside space into a wonderful garden is meeting with our experienced garden designers or an architect to enable a discussion to fully understand your garden ideas and requirements.
At Germinate Gardens we discuss the design possibilities, your lifestyle, budgets, uses of different materials and plant recommendations and give you the opportunity to view our portfolio further for added inspiration.
- Architectural 2D and 3D perspective plans
- Development plans and council approvals
- Detailed engineering, construction and costings plans
- Specialist plant selection and sourcing
- Outdoor furniture design and selection
- Pots, sculpture and water-feature design.
Whether you want the construction of a new garden, redesign of an existing garden or just transforming a tired space back to its vibrant former glory, the passionate Germinate Gardens team will go above and beyond to make your vision a reality.
We are client focused and committed to ensuring the successful installation and completion of your project to the highest standard, down to the finest details.
We have a wealth of experience in a wide range of construction sites and techniques, using the highest-quality materials.
Our skilled team of professional qualified project managers, horticulturists, landscape construction specialists and contractors are expert in all aspects of modern landscape construction:
- Retaining walls
- Paving, tiling and flagging
- Brick and stone masonry
- Decking and timber carpentry
- Rooftop and vertical gardens
- Pavilions and porticos
- Screens and fencing
- Outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and bars
- Water features, fountains and ponds
- Garden lighting
- Turf and artificial lawns
- Earth-moving and excavation
- Planting, hedging, bedding and Mature specimen transplanting.
The Germinate Gardens professional maintenance team offers a detailed complete approach that strives to nurture, manage and understand your garden. A garden is a significant investment for the future, constantly evolving and growing with seasonal changes. Regular maintenance ensures you will enjoy your new living space and keep it looking vibrant and healthy to remain a growing asset for many years to come.
Each garden maintenance programme is tailor made by a Horticulturist, ensuring the highest standards in sustainable gardening to maintain the optimal health and beauty of each unique project.
- Horticultural consultation and customised management plans
- Garden clean-ups, regular maintenance visits
- Seasonal planting
- Pruning and hedging
- Lawn mowing
- Weed and pest control
- Irrigation adjustment and upkeep.
HOW WE DO IT
Germinate Gardens will begin the process with an onsite consultation with you, this can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. We'll discuss with you the general needs and wants of your garden as well as your design ideas, preferred styles and aesthetics and give you plenty of ideas and inspiration with the opportunity to view our full project portfolio.
If you already have a design prepared we can proceed straight to providing you with a construction quote.
DESIGN BRIEF AND FEE PROPOSAL
Following the consultation we will come back to you with a design brief, outlining our understanding of your requirements for your garden, as well as a fee proposal for creating a concept design. We can also provide you with quotes for council and development plans in this stage.
We begin the concept design stage on site, where we take detailed site particulars and measurements. We can then create digital 2D and/or 3D plans of your garden design, if you require. This includes a planting palette, a materials palette and should you need it, an estimate for full architectural documentation costs. At this stage you can make any changes to your design before finalising your concept design.
If your garden is quite small, or design very simple, you may wish to move straight forward with your concept design to a construction quote and have it implemented by Germinate Gardens without the need for further design services and documentation.
Following your concept design sign off, if you require it, we can then create a full set of architectural drawings detailing all the elements of the project. This covers all aspects of the garden design such as elevation drawings, construction details and finishes, a planting schedule and lighting plan. At this stage Germinate Gardens will provide you with our fully itemized construction quote for implementing your garden design. These architectural drawings enable you to put the project out for tender should you wish to have the construction completed by others, or at a future date.
Once we have agreed on your design and obtained any necessary council approvals we can begin to build your new garden. This will be done by our team of skilled landscape specialists. The Germinate Gardens landscape team will be tailored to meet your construction requirements, a project manager will be onsite from start to completion and your designer will be on hand to check progress. We will give you updates throughout the various construction stages.
Once the construction is completed and your garden is ready for you to enjoy, we provide you with detailed information on how to best care for your new garden. We suggest having our one of our specialists tailor a maintenance programme for your new project. Regular maintenance ensures your garden is looking vibrant and healthy to remain a growing asset for many years to come. Our maintenance team offer a complete garden service for all your needs.
Carol and Martin, North Sydney
“Germinate Gardens gave the space a new life within a tight budget, renovating parts that seriously needed attention and moving plants into new spaces. We were impressed with their attention to detail and the time they gave to getting the project just right”.
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