I am a landscape architect and urban designer by profession, and a multi-disciplinary creative collaborator by natural inclination.
I trained as both architect and landscape architect, and I now share my craft with the next generation as sessional lecturer in Masters of Landscape Architecture at RMIT and Melbourne Universities.
For a decade I worked as a Senior Landscape Architect on some of Australia’s significant landscape architecture and urban design projects- most notably several years spent managing the design and construction of The Australian Garden, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.
I am an ardent flower lover and experience maker.
Taking two years out to join the ‘the school of life’, I indulged in that rare opportunity to focus on the things I love most. This included working with some of Melbourne's most sought after florists and event designers, immersing myself entirely in the world of floristry and bespoke events.
I am a gardener and grower, a forager and preserver.
This school of life lead me to a major tree change with my young family, moving from urban Melbourne to rural Spargo Creek, which is located just outside of Daylesford in Victoria’s Central Highlands. Here, with my partner, Michael Howard, I have been designing and building a ‘productive’ focussed garden on our 5-acre property lovingly named Oak and Monkey Puzzle after the beautiful specimen trees found on our land. I’ve been learning to live with the seasons - growing, gathering, foraging, flowering, making and preserving.
I am a place maker.
I am passionately intent on creating a hub here at Oak and Monkey Puzzle, as a place for experiencing and sharing passions. Through my experience as a landscape architect and urban designer, and now here as part of a vibrant community of creatives, artisans, craftspeople and country dwellers, I have embarked on establishing this hub, and it is a joyful work in progress.
My hope is that this hub will be a special place to visit, to experience and learn, to share skills - and ultimately engender a community.
© Copyright Natasha Morgan 2017