Cycas Landscape Design is a landscape design studio in southeast Melbourne.
Cycas has been operating for 13 years, providing landscape design services. Along with landscape design, Cycas incorporates a number of other services related to the landscape industry including materials selection advice and sourcing. Since entering the landscape design scene in Melbourne, Cycas has enjoyed great success with their projects. Some of Cycas’s gardens have featured on houses that have won noteworthy awards and Cycas has been a keen participant in the garden show and festivals arena.
Our reputation as landscape designers has been enhanced by winning a Silver medals at the 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2017 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Shows, the “W.A. Comeadow” Gold Award for outstanding design as at the 2004 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and Gold medals at Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
At the 2007 Chelsea Flower Show in London, Cycas was invited to design the Flemings and Trailfinders Australian Garden. Constructed by Kiama Landscapes, the show garden showcased Melbourne culture, outdoor living and architecture, whilst highlighting the need for trees in the urban landscape. All materials used in the construction were shipped from Melbourne, whilst plants were sourced in the UK, Italy and Spain. The garden was awarded a Silver Gilt in the Show Garden category; the second highest award available.
Cycas prides itself with sustainable and sensible design principles and we encourage our clients to strike a balance between both hard and soft landscape treatments thereby minimizing their carbon footprint and hence doing their part by cooling the environment starting in their own backyards. At Cycas we believe the planting of trees in the landscape is a positive and argue that a treed garden is not only good for our environment but has positive implications for property values and proven social benefits for family life in general.
In relation to hard landscape practice, at Cycas we encourage natural stone material and in particular material that is often a bi-product of quarrying such as the use of aggregates and random paving material. When man made product is desired we encourage using materials manufactured by companies with sound environmental credentials.
As far as soft landscape is concerned, we always recommend mulching, whether it be through organic means or using gravels and aggregates usually comes down to aesthetics. Materials such as pebbles sourced from Asia are discouraged.
Water, of course, is of paramount importance as our climatic warms and gets drier. At Cycas we are proactive with the use of harvesting both rain and grey water. Our philosophy is to make the end user responsible for their needs. Naturally the volume of water stored or grey water system in place needs to be appropriate to the needs of the individual garden, where the ability to harness water is more limited, we encourage more drought tolerant plantings.
By the way, the name, Cycas is the botanical name for cycad, a plant with prehistoric ancestry and timeless architectural strength and grace.