About Us

Helen Young Horticulturist is based in Willoughby on Sydney’s leafy North Shore, and has been established since 1993.  Our aim is to create beautiful and functional gardens that suit the needs of our clients.  The business is a member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) and Helen won the Plantscape Design Award in the 2008 AILDM Landscape Design Awards. For more information see www.aildm.com.

Specialising in garden renovations, we also offer garden consultations, design and a range of soft landscaping services,as well as supplying premium quality plants at competitive prices.

We pride ourselves on the quality of service and work that we provide. Nearly all of our work comes from word-of-mouth recommendations and repeat business. We return calls, turn up on time and keep our promises. References are available on request. Click on our testimonials page if you would like to read what some of our clients say about our service.

We are happy to do small jobs as well as large projects. Our experience in balconies, terraces, courtyards and semis is based on our belief that the smaller the space, the better it has to look. We are also experienced in landscaping around new and renovated houses, and in preparing properties for sale.

About Helen

Apart from running the business, Helen is one of the regular garden experts on 702 ABC radio's Saturday morning gardening program. She writes two weekly columns in The Weekend Australian and is the gardening writer for Australian House and Garden magazine.

See her columns for The Weekend Australian at http://www.theaustralian.com.au/life/columnists/helen-young.

She co-authored a book with Jennifer Stackhouse on form and foliage plants for Murdoch Books in 2004. Her first solo book, Balcony: Gardening in Small Spaces (Lothian Books) was published in 2005.  Click here for more information about this book.

Helen first hosted a garden tour to Spain and Portugal for the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney in 2002. In 2005 she led a tour for The Australian newspaper to the gardens of Italy and England, and every year since has led garden tours to places such as France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Croatia, Japan, New Zealand, Western Australia and Tasmania. In October 2017, she will be leading a garden tour to Hokkaido and northern Honshu, Japan, to visit contemporary and classical gardens during the picturesque autumn season. Somewhat akin to Australia’s Tasmania, Hokkaido is less populated than the rest of Japan, boasts a sophisticated capital Sapporo, features a rugged landscape and has its own distinctive outdoors culture. The tour follows the ‘Hokkaido Garden Path’, exploring unique contemporary gardens, and includes a stay in a hot spring resort in the mountains. In Matsushima Bay, one of the top three scenic sites in Japan, we visit ancient temples and classical gardens before finishing the tour in Tokyo. Details at http://renaissancetours.com.au/tours/gardens/autumn-colours-of-japan/.

In May 2018, you might like to join her on a tour of the Gardens of the Amalfi Coast, Sicily and Malta, admiring the languid opulence of the gardens of Sorrento, Positano, and the isles of Capri and Ischia, and the rugged beauty of the Mediterranean gardens of Sicily and Malta. In Rome, we'll have a private tour of the Vatican gardens, before visitng the gardens of the Pope's exclusive retreat at Castel Gondolfo. Details at http://renaissancetours.com.au/tours/gardens/gardens-of-the-amalfi-coast-sicily-and-malta/