We are expanding and restructuring Mallee Design! MalleeDesign.com.au will continue to focus on providing resources for native plant gardeners and designers, and Kath is now operating her Landscape Design practice under Mallee Design’s sister business Kath Gadd Landscape Design.

Head over and check out: https://kathgaddlandscapedesign.com.au/

My name is Kath Gadd, I am a qualified Horticulturalist and Landscape Designer and I specialise exclusively in creating modern native gardens using Australian plants.  I have been working in the garden design industry since 2004.

I have a strong environmentally sustainable belief system which drives my design philosophy. This comes largely from my up-bringing in Tasmania, where my childhood consisted of plenty of bushwalking, gardening and environmental conservation campaigning.

My main area of horticultural expertise comes from an extended working knowledge of Australian native plants, and I am passionate about promoting their use in the Landscape Design industry by writing articles and publishing photos for magazines, journals and books.

I have a special interest in creating habitat gardens for native wildlife, bush foods and  the local indigenous plant species of the Illawarra.

I hold a Diploma of Landscape Design, a Certificate III in Horticulture,  Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management and have working experience in bush regeneration and knowledge of the indigenous plants of the Illawarra. I am also a qualified Permaculture Designer which is where my formal plant education began.

I’m inspired by Australian Native Plants and the bush and am driven to green our urban environment. I am currently self employed and divide my time between Landscape Design and helping run Birdbaths.malleedesign.com.au.

Recently I spent 2 years working part time as a Horticulturalist and Landscape Designer for Talyor Brammer Landscape Architects from 2018 to 2020. Prior to that I was a Landscape Designer and Horticulturalist, for 10 years at the Sydney Wildflower Nursery in Heathcote.

Australian Native Gardens have come a long way since being in vogue in the 1970’s, the number of species and cultivars available now is  far superior; there is no better time to plant a native garden. Our climate is becoming less and less predictable and that makes it difficult for our gardens and us! By research and careful planning you can create a native garden that can withstand much of our harsh climate.

I have created this website to help promote the use of Australian native plants in garden design, not just for my garden designs but hopefully to inspire anyone out there who is interested in learning more about native plants and to give them a try.
It is created as a resource that I myself use when designing gardens but also as a space to open up discussion. Join me in this ongoing exploration of this amazing country’s natural environment. Browse around, and feel free to comment as you wish.

Useful links for more information about gardening with Australian native plants:

http://blog.growingillawarranatives.org/– A wonderful website put together by passionate and dedicated volunteers all about our native Illawarra Flora

http://asgap.org.au – Australian Native Plant Society

http://www.austplants-nsw.org.au – Australian Plant Society NSW

http://www.gardeningwithangus.com.au – Gardening with Angus

http://www.australiannativeplants.net.au – Australian Native Plants Directory

http://www.grevilleapark.org – Illawarra Grevillea Park in Bulli, well worth a visit!

 https://www.australianoutdoorliving.com.au/australian-native-plants/ – New Australian Native Plant Resource

These are some of the Blogs I follow and find inspiring and informative:

http://australianmodernistlandscapes.wordpress.com – Fantastic modernist Architecture blog with a touch of native plant Design

http://ourgreengenes.wordpress.com – Food for thought

http://theplanthunter.com.au – Life with Plants

8 replies on “About”

  1. Marie Condon on

    Hi, Kath, you sound like the answers to my prayers. I’ve become very interested in native gardens of recent times . I want to indeed I’m very excited to lcreate my own native garden but I so need advice on how to turn the garden into a bird /insect attractive native garden . By the way so love those beautiful bowls .

  2. Marie Condon on

    Hi Kath, I not sure if I posted this email yesterday so I’ll rewrite it. I feel your the answer to my gardening prayers. I have been struggling with the idea of transforming my garden into a more native one with the idea of attracting more insects and birds .
    Some parts are difficult as they are quite shady and I’m not sure about the soil suitability for natives . I would love your consultation on this

  3. morning Kath enquiry another name Alyogyna Huegelii West Coast Hibiscus fell in love seeing on tv, seems difficult to buy as went to Bunnings Rothwell closest store Qld or do you send direct or where i could get one or do you sell direct thank you look forward to learning more as love my garden Estelle .

  4. Grant Scott on

    Hi Kath
    I am trying to get hold of a grafted grevilla green glow or waitiki gem. I am in Melbourne but are prepared to buy from anywhere in Australia. They seem very hard to get. I would be most appreciative for any info you might be able to give me as to where I can source these trees from.

    kind Regards
    Grant Scott

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Grant,

      You could try ringing Sydney Wildflower Nursery, they have some in stock at the moment and you could ask where they were sourced from?

      Good Luck,


  5. Skye on

    Hello MD people! I recently received our medium bird bath with aged patina and it is GLORIOUS!I have a question for you. Do you have any leads on where one can find truly interesting bubbling style water features made of materials like stone or similar that would sit well alongside our birdbath? I see so many plastic ones):

    • Kath Gadd on

      Hi Skye,
      So glad to hear that you love your bird bath. We have this link to creating an elegant water feature. Hope this is helpful, let us know how you get on.

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