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195 Pickfords Rd
Clunes, VIC, 3370

0408 533 344

Ballarat landscaping - Testimonials

Ballarat landscaping? Read The Scape Artist testimonials from happy clients.

Ballarat landscape gardening, paving, entertaining areas, decking, raised beds, arbours, screen, steel features, pergolas, new planting schemes, garden lighting, paths, driveways, steps, lawn renovation, drought tolerant self-repairing turf, sustainable vegetable garden, self-sufficient orchard, landscape coaching, automatic irrigation systems, qualified Horticulturalists and much more.

Servicing Ballarat, Creswick, Clunes, Daylesford, Castlemaine and surrounding areas.

Contact Paddy Milne  – The Scape Artist – and his team for a breathtaking and sustainable contemporary landscape of your own.


Paddy Milne came highly recommended from friends, whose new garden we loved. At our first consultation, he was punctual, attentive, professionally friendly, observant and he really listened. His hand-coloured design was outstanding and original, yet totally suited to our loose brief of ‘Rustic Italian’, which also needed to fit the existing landscape artist- designed granite perimeter wall (Mel Ogden, 2007) and red-brick Arts and Crafts house (Richard Coburn architect, 1932). 

Situated on a busy pedestrian and street corner, we requested plants to give some privacy in all seasons, once mature, with a white and purple/blue palette landscape of flowers, and which would be relatively easy to maintain throughout the year.

His tight full-time crew consisting of designer, paver and horticulturist, with other technicians and trades brought in as needed, worked incredibly hard over 5 weeks, investing considerable time in the preparation works, to deliver a garden we loved immediately. The effort and attention to detail in every component of the work was obvious, with no short-cuts taken at any stage.  The quality of the preparation with the soil, irrigation and plants, was vindicated when the entire garden had doubled in size in weeks.

Paddy and his team were always friendly, punctual, tidy and organised during all stages of the works, with no gaps in work due to delayed materials or workers.  He advised us of new technological irrigation advances between design and implementation, which means that automatic  irrigation using our water storage tanks, and dependent upon the weather, will  result in more efficient water use over the entire garden.

Paddy also provides an excellent, non-intrusive maintenance service tailored keep the garden looking as good as possible at all times. We are really enjoying it now, and are looking forward to seeing how the garden further matures. We thoroughly recommend The Scape Artist as an innovative and unique small business.

- Kath Reynolds and Tim Ogden

Last year my wife, Jessie and I undertook a major garden renovation with Paddy Milne - The Scape Artist. Paddy worked with us from the initial design and scoping of the project through to completion. During the scoping phase he was consultative, able to generate a great garden theme and responsive to our personal preferences and budget constraints. Paddy demonstrated his well-developed client management skills during the initial phase. These skills combined with demonstrated botanical knowledge, a wide network of supporting trades and construction management skills convinced us to engage Paddy for our project.

Our choice proved to be well justified. After the project was scoped Paddy maintained close contact throughout the 10 week construction program. He coordinated metal workers, demolition contractors, electricians, carpenters, plant hire providers, nursery suppliers, landscape suppliers, irrigation installers with his team of landscapers to bring the project to completion on time and on budget.

Add continued to have “inspirations” throughout the construction: bringing new ideas for project enhancements to us for our consideration and approval. The greatest key to Paddy’s success seems to be his passion for what he does. He gets a genuine thrill out of doing a great job and creating outdoors spaces. He combines this with highly developed communication skills and a well-developed commercial business sense. 

Paddy has maintained a keen interest in our project since its completion last August. He drives past on occasions and has suggestions regarding little jobs that need attention in our (his) garden.

- Andrew & Jessie Harman

After giving Paddy an outline of our wishes for our low maintenance front garden, he developed   options for our landscaping. They were far more creative and interesting than our initial concept. He was totally willing to negotiate at every level and always had our wishes and concerns as prime driving force. The workers were dedicated and consideration for our family again was always uppermost. Tidiness was important too. The retaining walls have been admired as has the choices of plants. Paddy even made sure he incorporated my favourite Protea which had to be removed from the previous garden. The retaining walls, plantings, lighting an overall presentation are continually being commented on.

To blend this landscaping into the house Paddy created a new balcony railing to blend. Well, after our wonderful front garden, we had to get Paddy to recreate our back garden too. Again very pleasing. The follow up has been amazing with constant monitoring of the plants and the watering system over the hotter months while the plants have been developing. Some plants have been needed to be replaced and Paddy has made sure this was promptly done.

We could not be happier with the whole process dealing with The Scape Artist and all the workers.

- Peter & Kaye Trotter

The Scape Artist is the ultimate professional company for all your landscaping & construction needs. We were impressed from the very beginning we made contact with the owner Paddy Milne. He answered his phone when we called. He arrived when he said he would to discuss our needs. He emailed a quote which detailed exactly what products and services he was going to provide. He booked our project in for 2 months ahead of the quote time and that is exactly when he started.

Paddy and his knowledgeable crew Mick, Riley, Sid & Jon quite honestly worked their butts off in hail, rain or shine and completed the job in one week which is what Paddy said they would do. Not only did they complete what was quoted but they did more as we did make changes during the project. They did everything from retaining walls and drainage, steel edging, placement of rocks, slate paving as well as planting and mulching. At the end of the project we were more than thrilled with the beauty of our garden and can’t wait to see them again as we have booked Paddy in for the next project.

- Christine & Peter (Creswick)

Paddy has transformed my 2 Bedroom unit into my own castle with grounds that delight me. Beautiful formal garden out the front, vegie patch at the side, and a courtyard of elegance and privacy. It’s low maintenance, has roses, favourite flowers and clean-lined design that makes the absolute most of the small areas. I am thrilled with the beauty of the setting for my little unit, it’s versatile, and a pleasure to be in. Thank you Paddy. Absolutely delighted.

– Helen (Ballarat)

Paddy has provided a very creative solution to an under-utilised space at the side of my home, linked two decked areas to provide a much bigger outdoor living space, created several new garden beds, and designed a new gateway.  With imaginative paving, a screened utilities area and wonderful flowering garden beds I have a much more attractive and useful area that invites me into the outdoors.

All the work has been undertaken with a high degree of preparation, skill and professionalism. Paddy has a collaborative approach to the design and plant choices and I couldn't be happier with every aspect of the process - from initial consultation to the finished product.

- Chris (Clunes)

Paddy was recommended to us by some friends who had previous dealings with him and were very happy with the work he had done for them. We contacted Paddy and asked him to inspect our garden which was suffering from erosion because of a significant slope. The site is a difficult one with very restricted access. He came when he promised he would, he provided his quotation on the day he promised he would, he (and his team) arrived when he promised they would and he delivered an amazing result above our expectation. He also cleaned up the site on completion. We found the service to be outstanding and it was such a pleasure to deal with a polite, pleasant and professional person.

Wendy & Graeme Whitford

We would like to sincerely thank Paddy Milne and the entire Scape Artist team for creating our new garden. Nothing was ever too much trouble for the knowledgeable team. We utilised The Scape Artist for both hard and soft scape works and the quality of the materials utilised and the end result is unquestionable. What impressed us the most was the respect and cleanliness shown; it was hard to believe they kept such a clean and quiet worksite given the tasks being undertaken.

It was a pleasure having Paddy and his team create our new garden and we have engaged him afterwards for additional projects. We would highly recommend The Scape Artist to anyone looking to undertake landscaping work of a high quality, within a very reasonable budget whilst working with a highly capable and qualified team. Thanks Paddy!

Andrew & Lee Quinlan (Ballarat)

When we finished building our house, we knew that to complete the job properly,  we had to have the front yard compliment the house. We have a large front area and also understood it would take way too much time and equipment to be able to complete the job ourselves. After chatting to a friend and seeing some of the work that The Scape Artist crew had done, we made contact with Paddy. We had our own ideas, Paddy added his and in the end he provided three plans. After cutting and pasting ideas from each, we ended up with a final plan that suited the sloping site. 

What we were most pleased with was the patience Paddy showed with us in the planning, the way his team worked together, their preparation and professional workmanship, and most importantly, the finish and  subsequent follow up visits. We are extremely pleased with the final results and could not be more happy how Paddy and his team went about the project.

- Ali and Vin Armstrong (Ballarat North)

Paddy did a complete landscape of my backyard and sides of my house, which were just a wilderness of weeds and long grass from a new house build. His work was exceptional, in terms of both the quality, and timeliness, and he kept to his quote. The job involved substantial earthmoving and filling because of my sloping block, new merbau split level decking with lights, a watering system, new shed, lawns, new balcony balustrading and steps, and split level gardens and landscaping.

I am very pleased with the outcome and my friends and family think it looks fantastic. One year on, the gardens look even better then when they were finished after plants have had an opportunity to grow.  Paddy was a very easy person to deal with, and was happy for me to add a few things along the way, and offer suggestions with designing. I am sure the work has added significantly to the value of my property.

- Nick Lyons

It is with great pleasure that I am able to comment on the work of a local resident company. During the past year Paddy Milne and his team at The Scape Artist have completed a number of landscaping projects on our behalf, everyone we have been thoroughly satisfied with. From engagement to conclusion Paddy has shown a level of professionalism, creativity and industry quite unusual in currents work practices. Paddy a trained horticulturist is inventive, and practical. His interesting designs complement the properties concerned and he is fully aware of client’s budgetary constraints. He is open to suggestion and input from the people who have engaged him but is confident in the knowledge that this advice will achieve the optimum outcome for all concerned. 

Another pleasing element of Paddy’s work practices is his commitment to utilise local resources and suppliers, and we have been very pleased with these results. Finally once the landscaping is complete he is happy to suggest the services of a maintenance gardener………..what more can you ask for. So if you want a beautiful, interesting, practical, water wise garden completed in the promised time frame at the original quote look no further than The Scape Artist.

Sue Kelman (Clunes)