Before we asked Ben to design our garden, we were hesitant because we liked the idea of doing it ourselves and had a good idea of what we wanted.
Now that our garden is complete, we are very happy that it was professionally landscaped. Within days, our backyard was totally transformed into a beautiful space, saving us huge amounts of time and taking the confusion out of plant selection and design.
Ben impressed us on so many levels: his amazing plant knowledge, his artistic approach and his obvious expertise. Our garden feels very naturalistic, and we love the stone pavers and variety of interesting plants.
The result is a garden that feels very “us”, yet is far better than anything we could have created. It’s one of the best investments we’ve made.
Thank you Ben! We will recommend you to all our friends.
B. and C. Coffey, Blackburn
We have just had our backyard pond completely redeveloped and redesigned by Ben Harris Gardens.
We are so happy that we chose Ben to take on our project. Our original pond had a number of problems. We had a waterfall that never really flowed like a waterfall and the flow down to the pond did not reflect any drama. The pond also was losing water which showed that water was escaping. The other factor was the depth and size of the pond was inadequate.
Faced with these factors Ben has solved all these requirements and presented us with a work of art, with correct water flow and strategic placement of rocks and plants to provide a natural and beautiful result. I can’t wait to reintroduce our fish to their new home and will entrust this to our twin grandchildren. I thank Ben and his team Ali and G for their passionate desire to present us with the pond we have always wanted and have no hesitation in recommending Ben Harris for your project.
Tony, Doncaster East
We are pleased with the work you have performed and would not hesitate to recommend your service.
Thank you again for all the work you have provided and helping us through the design brief. We really love the transformation to the front.
Michele and I are very happy with the end result and Molly (the cat, in particular) has given it a big tick (she loves the bridge by the way, she’s always on it. Monty is not so sure about the bridge though; he walked through the stream rather than cross it today).
Once again, thanks to Ali and you for the care you took in all aspects of the work and for providing such a great finish to the project. The brief was for you to walk away and leave me nothing to do, which is pretty much how it ended up. Feel free to reference the project and happy to show people through if it helps.
Michele and Ken, Lysterfield
Ben very quickly understood our garden – the challenges and opportunities it presented. In a really enjoyable process, the design both from an ornamental and functional perspective evolved. Once construction started, there were small daily adjustments, with each decision justified and always aesthetics and function deeply considered. Throughout, we felt very involved. We found Ben and his small, reliable team to be very well organised and always thinking ahead. Ben is very artistic as well as analytical and he quietly and thoughtfully dealt with the many technical challenges presented. We are really happy with the result. Thank you Ben and your team.
Thanks so much for everything and for the transformation of the garden. I very much appreciate all your efforts and generosity and am delighted with the finished result. I cannot thank you enough for the great job you did and the privilege of being able to help out from time to time. It was fun being able to work in with you. Once again so many thanks for a job exceeding expectations.
Robert, Mont Albert North
Various family members were up helping with the furniture and they all loved it. The boys even had a bit of a play with a couple of rocks to change the sound.
The local neighbours have also been checking it out and are all very impressed also, commenting on how natural it looks.
I can’t tell you how much pleasure it gave me to arrive both Saturday and yesterday and hear the creek trickling down. I could spend hours just sitting on the stairs watching the light reflect on the pebbles.
My garden now has a heart – a beautiful, living, flowing pond. Reflected light shimmers and plays into the house and the sounds of the waterfall and stream are entrancing. The fish are delighted with their new home and my dogs and cats are fascinated – they especially love sitting on the bridge and surrounding rocks. Ben has a rare combination of artistic talent, technical know-how and the patience, perseverance and dedication to get the detail absolutely right. Thank you Ben, it’s perfect!
We’re thrilled with our new pond. It’s so serene and beautiful. We knew we wanted a pond were we already had what we called “The Bog”. It was a damp, weed-filled ditch that needed to be dealt with, but we weren’t really sure how. We called Ben who wandered around for a bit, asked a few questions and designed the fabulous result! He was great. He just showed up when he said he would and got on with it.
It was fascinating to watch it all happening. The pond looks natural, but it’s actually a miracle of modern aquascaping. So much more attractive than a swimming pool and far less maintenance, but you can still go for a dip if you feel like it. It’s perfect.
What a wonderful feature you have created for us. It brings us so much joy to be able to sit, relax and enjoy the beautiful stream and surrounds. A previous area of cracked concrete has been transformed into a spectacular Japanese garden. It truly is a living work of art – our own restful piece of nature in suburbia.
Thank you so very much for your insight, work and professionalism.
Helen & Rob
Our brief to Ben was for a small pond that would look natural in our backyard. From our initial discussion with Ben through to the completion of our pond and waterfalls, we could not have been happier. Ben is highly experienced and he has a great eye; we are thrilled with the result. His team was great — friendly, pleasant and you could tell that they loved what they were doing.
Ann C, Kew
After enjoying our home for 10 years we decided to give it a long overdue birthday in the form of a 4 meter creek flowing over two waterfalls into a native fish pond. Ben was asked to create a natural landscape that looked as if the house was built around it. The final product is amazing, it has instantly become the most frequented part of the backyard with the entire family enjoying the space. Complete with water falls and an island, you can find yourself totally at peace as you watch nature enjoying the space as much as you. Well done Ben. I don’t usually write reviews, but you really deserve the highest praise for your delivery on this landscape.
Adam R, Donvale
Ben’s brief was to redesign a pond near our home that would hold water over dry summer months and enhance our existing garden. The project required creative flair and an ability to to manage some logistical challenges. Some additional challenges were added by cyclonic wind and rain! We are really pleased with the result of Ben’s work and are getting great pleasure from looking and being around the space he has created.
David B, Wonthaggi
We are more than delighted with our endless stream, More importantly, from the moment we viewed Ben’s website, to the most courteous return phone call, we were most impressed with the service. Ben’s business is the ideal small business that many businesses, should aspire to. He listens, responds and makes the whole experience a delight. There were no issues as dealing with Ben were met with straight answers. We through a challenge asking for a design that dealt with 4 large dogs who will endless play in the water and Ben more than met that challenge. Oh yes, we do love our endless stream.
Tony M, Kew East
Ben and his team transformed our two overgrown garden areas into two beautiful native, bird-attracting spaces. He understood from the start what we wanted and was happy to make changes or alterations based on our input; he is also a great communicator and has a great knowledge of plants and horticulture. Ben is a true professional and I would recommend him anytime.
Ellen S, Blackburn
Ben and his hard working crew have created the most amazing natural water feature at the rear of our property in Walkerville. During the wettest week for years, Ben completed the project by winching all the rocks up a steep incline one by one. All excess soil (or should I say clay) was bucketed out !! At the end of the week, Ben had transformed this very difficult site into something extraordinary that looked like it belonged here for years. The attraction for the birdlife (first being a lyrebird !!) and wildlife was immediate. Photos do not do justice for the detail, planning and physical efforts put in. Ben, your passion for this work is obvious and your deserve all the industry awards that you continue to receive. Could not be happier !!
I wanted a native garden that would attract birds and other wildlife. Ben ran with this vague brief and created an amazing garden that was beyond my expectations. His professionalism, attention to detail and high level of communication made the whole experience smooth and stress free for me. I can’t thank Ben enough and highly recommend him to anyone looking to employ a landscape designer.
Nicole J, Croydon
Ben and his three great offsiders have completed a wonderful living stream in our backyard. He is also in the process of completing a fern garden down one side of the house which was just barren and uninteresting. Ben was attentive to our needs and listened to what we had in mind whilst bringing his own creativity to the project. Now we can sit on our decking having a drink/meal enjoying the babbling of the brook. He was on time and kept us up to date of any change or hitches that occurred along the way. His project came in in accordance with the quote given. Ben’s knowledge and experience in completing the project was excellent. I could not recommend him highly enough.
Robyn W, Forest Hill
Ben and his team created a wonderful garden and water feature for us. We were very impressed by the quality of their work, and by how organised and efficient they were.