We all have a vision of how we would like our outdoor spaces to evolve. Sally Bourne specializes in bringing that vision to fruition. Sally believes the ability to listen closely and interpret the key aspects of style and purpose as defined by the client are integral elements in the design process. Inspiration and intuition are also key components in her design. She brings a love of design and a passion for the natural world to her projects. Sustainable, rustic, earthy, achievable and family friendly gardens are the Sally Bourne Landscapes’ trademark.
Sally’s mission is to design beautiful gardens that she can be proud of in years to come. She aims for landscapes that meet the needs of the client, complement the Architecture of the built form, suit the climate and have a respectful link with the site and surrounding landscape. Sally enjoys designing individual and creative outdoor spaces, drawing upon a site’s opportunities, turning negatives into positives and helping clients to create a garden that evolves beautifully over time.
Natural materials including stone, crushed granite, river pebbles and recycled timbers generally feature in her designs. Texture, form and rustic colour are the characteristics of her preferred plant material.
Sally Bourne’s vision… Unifying inspiration and intuition with function and form
The Back Story...
Sally Bourne Landscapes has been in operation for more than twenty years and Sally has been in the landscape and horticultural industry for the best part of three decades. She started her business in 1991 while studying an Associate Diploma Applied Science (Landscape) at Ryde School of Horticulture Sydney. She had previously completed a Horticultural qualification at Ryde while working in the nursery industry.
Sally saw an opportunity in landscape contracting via her family history and connections in the commercial building industry and leapt into it, gaining her Structural Landscape License. From there she moved into landscape maintenance work for private clients and then later specializing in landscape design and consultancy.
Almost Three Decades in The Industry
Her work centred on the Upper North Shore and Northern Beaches including commercial and residential developments, private gardens, public open spaces for local government and schools & play spaces.
Sally’s flair saw her designs feature in a number of publications during her time in Sydney. A design for a house in Bilgola appeared in ‘Indesign’ magazine and a home in Avalon was named ‘House of the Week’ in the Sydney Morning Herald. Another accolade for Sally’s business was her design winning the Pittwater Council’s 1998 Beautification Garden Competition.
In 2003, Sally and her husband moved to the Central West where they currently run beef cattle on the Belubula River at “Helensholme”. In October 2012, one of Sally’s private garden designs was opened as part of Australia’s Open Garden Festival in Canowindra. The Architect of this residence, Brent Reid – Eco Sphere Design whom Sally liaised with to design a landscape complementing this residence, has received first place in 2013 BDA - Sydney Branch Awards: New Home, Sustainable Home, Heritage/Adaptive Re-Use & Supreme Award and first place in BDA National Design Awards 2014 - New Residential Building in relevant category. The 2014 Canowindra garden festival featured a full line-up of Sally’s designs including her own magnificent rural show piece.
Sally is also engaged by Councils throughout the Central West to design public spaces and has worked with Architectural firms in Orange and Cowra to design commercial projects throughout the State. In her spare time she has paid her skills forward teaching in the horticultural department at Western Institute of TAFE. Sally has attained Certificate 4 in Training & Assessment and qualification in Aboriginal Cultural Education.
Sally’s living portfolio throughout the Central West includes countless small and large scale private landscapes: Parkes Rotary Arboretum Park and Pioneer Park Museum; the main street roundabouts in Grenfell; the grounds at the new health services in Cudal, Tottenham, Molong, Eugowra and Balranald; Canowindra Public School, Pre-school and new fitness path project; and the Children’s Services Building in West Wyalong.