Matthew Henry has developed gardens in South Gippsland and the inner north of Melbourne since his late teens. This led him to study under Andrew Laidlaw and other greats of horticulture at the Burnley Campus, University of Melbourne. Here, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Garden Design in 2015.
Matthew’s goal in creating gardens is to make spaces where people are able to spend time in nature to reconnect with their own inner worlds.He sees every garden design as a collaboration between himself and the client within the context of the site of the garden; each contributing their own story to the garden’s development.
Matthew holds an interest in garden-making as a community-building activity, whether in the private sphere of residential garden design where designers, landscapers and gardeners collaborate with clients, or in the public sphere of community gardens (he is the secretary of the Luscombe Street Community Garden) and garden volunteering (he sometimes helps out in the Convent gardens).
As a writer, Matthew explores the nexus where the built human environment and the natural world meet; how natural processes are present in the garden and how much nature influences the design; and the creation and ongoing maintenance of these most special places.
Matthew has been working full-time as a gardener and garden designer since the beginning of 2017 (operating as Matthew Henry Gardens since February 2018) after a long and rewarding career in state education. He is a graduate member of AILDM (Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers)