Jackie McWilliam – avantgardener – is a Melbourne-based landscape designer (RMIT 2004) whose eye-catching projects have ranged from small urban gardens to large country landscapes and coastal retreats.
With an eye for beautiful and unusual plants and how to combine, place and source them, Jackie designs gardens to meet her clients’ individual preferences and requirements, focusing on aesthetics, enjoyment, practicality and sustainability. A garden she designed for a Northcote home that was sold this year was described in the advertisement as ‘one of the most beautiful fully-landscaped gardens you’ll ever hope to find’.
Developing concept drawings, a plant palette, planting plans and full landscape plans if required, Jackie designs unique gardens with as much or as little input from the client as they wish. She will personally select the plants, to ensure the highest available quality, and will project manage or oversee the installation of the new garden, either with her preferred contractors or with the client’s. (The garden featured in the 2022 Garden DesignFest was installed by Exclusive Landscape Constructions. avantgardener also provides a consultation service for clients who only wish to enhance an existing garden.