CultivArt Landscape Design is a multi award winning design business focused on creating beautiful gardens to suit your lifestyle and complement the architecture of your home. From small contemporary courtyards to large formal gardens, this boutique design studio specialises in working closely with the client to create truly unique, yet functional landscapes. Designer/Director, Janine Mendel has designed more than 1200 Australian gardens in her career spanning more than 30 years.

Janine is also the author of two books, Quintessentially Oz 'Australian Gardens in the New Millennium' and her most recent book Urban Sanctuary 'Designing Small Gardens' 


Small spaces, Big ideas
Janine Mendel's philosophy as a landscape designer is that a house should look like ‘It’s’ been planted in the garden. As the population grows in our Australian cities and urban infill becomes the norm, we continue to see the demise of our mature trees and gardens. Janine will discuss the influence of small plot sizes and how to create beautiful private gardens and streetscapes in ever decreasing spaces. When space is limited, the structure of the garden is particularly important to provide definition, function and beauty. Janine will talk about how she approaches the design of the small garden and share her ideas about how everyone’s small patch can make a difference to the future of our urban landscapes.