Integrity & Testimonials

Unless otherwise noted, all the pictures on this website are of gardens designed by Steve Hailstone.

comma“Steve, Thank you for the garden you’ve created for us.  It is just what we wanted and we are thrilled that you were able to turn our jumbled ideas and wishes into something that really works for us. It is still a great space for the boys to play footy, cricket and other games without destroying the garden. The swimming pool and surrounding area looks beautiful as well as being functional, and doesn’t feel like it has taken up much garden space. I love looking out the kitchen windows to both the courtyard and creek – it’s beautiful. The whole garden really suits the house and our lives, thank you!”comma

Scott & Kathy Carruthers, Tusmore SA 

commaAs an enthusiastic gardener myself, I enlisted Steve to assist in those areas I was unable to undertake myself.  This included the design of the garden itself, selection of significant plantings and engaging contractors to complete permanent features of the garden. 

Steve was very accommodating in allowing my participation whenever I required .... we even spent an afternoon at the nursery at my request!

I would recommend Steve to anyone looking to develop and implement a wonderful garden, even if you wish to complete part of the work yourself.comma

Kelly Cole, Heathpool SA

commaSteve has been pivotal in the shaping of our Adelaide Hills garden over the last 15 years and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome.  He has a wealth of experience, great vision and feel and is a pleasure to work with.comma

Martin and Annie Shaw, Mt Lofty SA

commaWe engaged Steve to design our garden while the house was being renovated.  It was a good move as we wanted the house and garden to be really integrated. We had some specific requirements and a few broad ideas, but wanted to see what Steve suggested too.  He asked many questions and we feel we developed our garden together, although he did all the designing and handled the contractors etc. That was many years ago now, and we’ve been completely in love with the garden ever since. Steve has remained in contact, advising our gardener, and assisting with the inevitable changes that time and growth brings.  We’re sure that our long term relationship has been a big contribution to the success of our garden.


St Peters, SA
(Name withheld by client request)

commaThank you very much for your efforts in creating a garden for myself, Joshua & Hugh. It’s been a pleasure to deal with someone who carries out their work in a professional and prompt manner. Many thanks also to you Ray & his staff.  Everyone has been very helpful and I am very happy with the standard of workmanship.comma

Margriet Van Der Linde St Moris SA

commaI would love to see ‘Our Philosophy’ or similar on your web-site. I think that is a very important part of what you do. I’m not sure whether I have ever heard you articulate it in a nutshell but it was implicit in you from the very first time I met you and went around the garden with you. I felt you immediately took delight in the personality of my garden and enjoyed its follies – I thought we could have fun with it together and that you would honour the spirit of the garden and bring out the best in it. I always saw it as a long term relationship – building, creating , exploring possibilities. comma

Virginia Hickey, Crafers SA

commaHaving interviewed several landscapers, we chose Steve Hailstone to design our garden and supervise its construction. We had seen his own garden and loved it. We know him to be straight dealing and he has experience in actually constructing what he designs. Because we are busy professionals, we needed someone with design flair and project and relationship skills to work with contractors to get the job done.

We asked Steve to come up with some ideas for the garden and were absolutely delighted with his inspired design. He resolved a number of practical issues whilst creating outdoor spaces that are beautifully unified but offer the opportunity for different living experiences.

We anticipated that the greatest challenge would be co-ordinating the builder (as we were renovating the house), Steve and the landscape contractor in Melbourne who carried out the works under Steve’s supervision. Steve’s design flair and capacity to communicate effectively with others involved meant that the whole design materialised before our eyes in the most exciting and stress free way.

Steve consulted with us regularly, listened to our thoughts and ensured we ended up with the garden we wanted.

We have, and continue to recommend Steve to others in Melbourne. The distance is a very small price to pay for such skilful quality design and efficient project management.comma

Liz Brimer & Craig Finlayson, Hawthorn Vic

commaSteve, In the six years since you helped us with the design of our back garden it has evolved in so many ways that we just wanted to tell you how much we enjoy it.
We’ve done most of the work ourselves over the time and are delighted with the result.  We’ve modified the garden shed details a little, but the ideas and location - right amongst the ‘workings’ of the garden - have been fantastic.  The vegetable garden is also a boon – and our pride and joy!  The produce we receive from it is fantastic.  The trees around the lawn are now established and the fruit trees are bearing fruit.  The scene is so very peaceful.  We use it all the time.
Thank you again, we couldn’t have done it without your thoughts and ideas.

Many thanks,comma

Kate & Rod – Surrey Hills, VIC



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For more information:
About Steve Hailstone gives my background and influences.

Niwajiri, my garden gives an in-depth look at my approach to garden design through the example of our own garden “Niwajiri”.

Portfolio has pictures from gardens Steve Hailstone has designed over many years.