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With over 30 years’ experience in the turf industry, Bruce is a Senior Agronomist with the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association.  Bruce takes Chris and Tyson on a journey from his beginnings as an apprentice at Patterson River Golf Club in the mid-1980s, a turf management lecturer at Chisholm Institute of TAFE where he taught the Certificate II and III Sports Turf Management and Parks and Gardens courses through to his current role at the ASTMA.  Bruce also gives some tips on how to keep your turf looking at it's best and reveals his pick for the best sports ground in Australia!
From pubs to pools, Chris Samartzis, CEO of Master Pool Builders Association Australia (MPBAA ), has a long history working in, and supporting small businesses. Chris sits down with The Front Garden this week to talk about the evolution of the Master Pool Builders Association Australia (MPBAA ), how it rebranded from SPASA Victoria, the importance of good governance, and the work currently being done to clarify national pool building standards. EPISODE LINKS:Master Pool Builders Association Australia (MPBAA ) -  https://www.mpbaa.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
Could a business mentor be the secret to success? This week Chris and Tyson discuss the benefits of business mentoring with Ian Barker of Ian Barker Gardens, and David Bascombe of Green Exteriors.When David decided it was time for a new challenge, he first discussed it with his then-employer, Ian. With Ian's encouragement and mentorship, David launched his own landscaping construction business - just months before COVID hit! Three years on, and David's business is thriving. He and Ian discuss the challenges of doing business through COVID, the mutual benefits of business mentoring, and the importance of relationships in planning for business success. EPISODE LINKS:Ian Barker Gardens - https://www.landscape.net.au/Green Exteriors - https://www.greenexteriors.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
In this week's episode, Chris and Tyson speak with George Hatzimanolis, CEO of RepurposeIt, a Melbourne based resource recovery business that converts waste to materials for the construction and landscape industries. After working in the roads sector for many years, George discusses the moment he visited an open-cut mine and realised the impact of road infrastructure and urban development on our natural resources. This eventually led him on the path toward the circular economy, and RepurposeIt was born in 2017. George talks to Chris and Tyson about the growing demand for recycled materials, how Australia differs culturally in its approach to recycling compared to European countries like Denmark, and how a mindful approach to recycling could help keep costs down in the landscaping industry. EPISODE LINKS:RepurposeIt - https://www.repurposeit.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
What makes a small business thrive? This week, Chris and Tyson speak with Julie Krieger, founder of Onsomble, a business management service specialising in supporting small organisations to achieve success. After flirting with studies in landscape design, Julie Krieger eventually found herself as the CEO of The Landscape Association, working with landscapers in NSW and ACT. Her experience working in an association gave her valuable insights into the needs of small businesses, and in 2017 she established of Onsomble. In this episode, Julie discusses the importance of business strategy and planning, knowing when to say ‘no’, and planning for failure on your journey to success. EPISODE LINKS:Onsomble - https://onsomble.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au(**Note: this episode was recorded online, and listeners may experience some variations in audio in parts.)
Kicking off Season 6 is an interview with Irish landscape designer, Peter Donegan. Starting out as the geeky kid who was 'into plants', Peter launched his own landscaping  business  in 2001, at age 24. He has become known for winning awards for 17th and 18th century gardens across Europe. Notably, he was selected to represent Ireland to design & realise the Irish WW1 Centenary Peace Garden at Chateau de Péronne in 2018, and returned to design a second inaugurated garden in 2022.In this episode, he talks with Chris and Tyson about the privilege and responsibility of working on historic gardens, the influence of climate change on his choice of plantings, his favourite garden project, and the inspiration for the show garden he has planned as guest designer at MIFGS 2023. EPISODE LINKS:Peter Donegan Garden Design - https://doneganlandscaping.com/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au(**Note: this episode was recorded online, and listeners may experience some variations in audio in parts.)
Even as an 11 year old, Hamish Mitchell loved working in the garden.  After a brief stint as a 'terrible' landscaper, Hamish found his feet taking care of the gardens at Government House in Canberra, followed by a tenure at Parliament House as the head horticulturist. Today, Hamish runs Speciality Trees, one of the leading suppliers of advanced and semi-advanced trees to landscapers. He talks to Chris and Tyson about the Australian Tree Standard (AS 2303:2018),  the importance of investing in new talent in the horticulture industry, how climate change might influence tree choices in the future, and tips for ensuring tree planting success. EPISODE LINKS:Speciality Trees - https://www.specialitytrees.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
This week, Chris and Tyson sit down with landscape architect, Lily Sabo, of Sabo Design. With a childhood dream of becoming an architect, Lily side-stepped into landscape design, getting her start designing backyard pools for some of Melbourne's most successful pool builders. Finally deciding to back herself, she decided to launch out on her own, and Sabo Design was born. Lily talks about the ups and downs of starting a design studio, the significance of relationships in getting new customers, and the importance of self-care when running your own business.EPISODE LINKS:Sabo Design - http://www.sabodesign.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
After 50 years in the industry, Nic van Diemen knows a thing or two about landscaping.  He catches up with Chris and Tyson this week to discuss how he started out in the industry, how he developed his expertise in segmental paving, and how the industry has evolved since he first started out.EPISODE LINKS:Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Enter the 2022 Victorian Landscaping Awards - download the entry formBecome an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
Chris and Tyson speak with Jayden Weatherley of Greener Visions Landscapes. Starting his career with a Parks and Garden apprenticeship, Jayden branched out into business, forming Greener Visions with his longtime mate, Daniel Henderson in 2011.  Jayden discusses the importance of being across your finances, construction scheduling and the role technology plays in keeping his business running smoothly, and the growing challenge of costing projects in a post-Covid environment.The crew also speaks with Nick van Diemen and Simon Buchanan about their experiences in the Victorian Landscaping Awards.EPISODE LINKS:Greener Visions Landscapes - https://www.greenervisions.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Enter the 2022 Victorian Landscaping Awards - download the entry form Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
Chris and Tyson speak with Simon Buchanan of Landart Landscape Design & Construction. After pivoting from graphic design to landscaping after Year 12, Simon discusses how he got his start with Scott Wynd, his experience in competitive show garden builds,  and how he's expanded his pipeline of landscaping projects through his pool business, Striking Pools. EPISODE LINKS:Landart Landscape Design & Construction - https://landartlandscapes.com.au/Striking Pools - https://www.strikingpools.com.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
Chris and Tyson speak with Scott Wynd of TLC Pools and MINT Design about his start in the landcaping industry, his extensive experience building show gardens - both in Australia, and overseas at the Chelsea Garden Show  - his involvement at MINT Design, and his decision to focus his career on high-end pool construction.EPISODE LINKS:TLC Pools - https://www.tlcpools.com.au/MINT Design - https://mintdesign.net.au/Botanix Plant Supplies - https://www.botanixplantsupply.com.au/Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
A bumper episode recorded live at The Landscape Show 2022!Chris and Tyson kick off the session with Jason Banks from This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS). They discuss how TIACS was founded by the founders of social enterprise, Trademutt, and how the initiative is providing mental health support to tradies and their families across Australia. They also chat with Russ Sweetman of Maroondah Landscapes and LVML CEO Megan Flower about the upcoming launch of LVML's wellness initiatives for members. Next, they chat with Darren Free, LVML's Membership Officer, Ian Barker and Russ Sweetman about the  extensive benefits of being an LVML member.Finally, Chris, Tyson and Megan are joined by landscaping apprentices Dara and Breanna to talk about the representation of women in trades, and how they're keen to encourage young women to take up a landscaping apprenticeship. EPISODE LINKS:TIACS - https://www.tiacs.org/ or call/text 0488 846 988 for a yarn Video Clip referenced in episode - The Trademutt Story YouTube LinkTrademutt - https://trademutt.com/ Maroondah Landscapes - https://www.maroondahlandscapes.com.au/ Ian Barker Gardens - https://www.landscape.net.au/ Evergreen G&L Solutions - https://www.evergreenglsolutions.com.au/ Cornerstone Paving - https://www.cornerstonepaving.com.au/ Landscaping Victoria Master Landscapers - https://www.landscapingvictoria.com.au/ Become an LVML Member - https://www.masterlandscaper.com.au
Chris and Tyson chat with industry stalwart and 'reformed landscaper' Brian Rankin about his introduction to landscaping  42 years ago, how he started his own business, his decision to sell his share of the business in 2014, and his new career working in the pool industry. 
John Rayner takes us inside his 40+ year career and takes listeners through his career, what he learnt, why he became a teacher, and of course about the development of the wildly popular Burnley Plant Guide, previously an exclusive tool for students, which is now available to all experts in horticulture and landscaping. The culmination of decades of work by many experts, you can access all the information for a small annual subscription. Find out more at https://bpg.unimelb.edu.au/
Tyson and Chris chat with LVML CEO, Megan Flower, about her background, her job as CEO, the role of the Association, and how members can get the most out of their LVML membership.
Ben Beaumont, from Vectorworks Australia, and Kate Smalley, from Small Spaces Garden Design, talk about how 3D design software Vectorworks can be used in landscaping.
In this episode, Chris and Tyson catch up with Mike Jansz, founder of MJLC Landscapes, to discuss how he established, grew, and ultimately transtitioned out of his successful landscaping business. 
Emma Permezel, of Coolabah Landscapes, discusses the ins and outs of Council planning applications, and managing the red tape - and client expectations - for pool and landscape construction projects.
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