Andrew's biography

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Design Philosophy



Landscape Designer and Environmental Consultant

  • TV presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia
  • Popular celebrity presenter at the hugely successful Gardening Australia Live Shows in 2002, 2003, 2004 ,2005
  • Award Winning Landscape Designer. His cutting edge sustainable designs using salvaged plants and materials have received a multitude of awards at both national and local level competitions.
  • Recipient of the Allan Seale Media Award at the 2003 Nursery and Garden Industry Awards for outstanding media contribution to horticulture
  • Garden Designer to celebrities including Mambo’s Dare Jennings, Deborah Hutton and Ian Keenan. For years he has been using so-called ‘rubbish’ in million dollar homes in some of Sydney’s most exclusive suburbs, increasing property values and gaining a reputation for stunning garden and interior design
  • Known as “Mr Bali” through his passion for creating beautiful and stylish sub topical gardens throughout Sydney
  • Patron for Alternative Technology Association (ATA)
  • Guest presenter at various industry and public events including: Gardening Australia Live;2002,3,4,5,both Sydney and Melbourne Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) annual conferences; Powerhouse Museum 25th anniversary lecture series, 2004; New Zealand’s prestigious Ellerslie Garden Show 2003;2004 Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens - Garden Design Lecture Series; UNSW EcoGarden Lecture Series; Alternative Technology Association’s Sustainability Forum and Open Day 2004 at Hawkesbury Earth Care Centre; The Bower; Manly Environment Centre; Kimbriki Recycling and Waste Disposal Centre, and local garden clubs
  • MC at Liverpool Council’s Blooming 2003 ,4,& 5 Marrickville Council’s Waste Board Game 2003 and Manly’s Sustainability Festival 2004, & guest speaker at Blacktown, Campbelltown and Woolahra Councils Garden Competitions
  • Regular guest on national radio programs discussing landscape design, environment & waste management issues
  • Judge for the Landscape Contractors Association’s Annual Awards For Excellence, 2004 ,05
  • Judge - Local Council Garden Competitions including Liverpool, Leichhardt and Woolahra
  • Selector and participant in the prestigious nationwide Australian Open Garden Scheme
  • Board of Directors for SCRAP (School Communities Recycling All Paper)
  • Board of Directors for the charity “Make A Difference”
  • Established the first Landscape Salvage and Re-Use Business in Sydney. This business has now developed into Re-Use Rescue – an innovative training and systems development consultancy specialising in diverting re-usable resources out of the waste stream and back into valuable projects within the community.
  • Set up and successfully operated several retail nurseries in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. These nurseries were unique in promoting the use of salvaged plants and materials.
  • Creator of Practical Environmental Aesthetic Creative Educational Garden Design Principles
  • Creator of “Kidscapes” – a new educational concept teaching children how to make miniature landscapes from their own toys
  • Writer and photographer for Gardening Australia magazine; Backyard Design Ideas 2004 Yearbook; ATA’s RENew magazine
  • Contributor to Gardening Australia’s stunning new publication - Flora – The Gardener’s Bible, informing readers of the enormous financial and social benefits of re-using rather than recycling our resources.
  • Broad exposure of design work and environmental philosophy in magazines, newspaper supplements and books including Gardening Australia, Better Homes & Gardens, Sunday Life (Sun Herald), Domain (SMH), Inner City Weekly, Daily Telegraph, Elle, Your Garden, Paul Urquhart’s best selling book The New Native Garden, Burke’s Backyard and Backyard Design Ideas.
  • Qualified Trainer of EarthWorks Train the Trainer Course - educating Waste Co-ordinators from local councils
  • Developed and facilitated a Sustainable Garden Design Course, based on the Practical Environmental Aesthetic Creative Educational Principles
  • Extensive experience in schools, educating students, teachers and parents in developing sustainable gardens
  • Facilitated training course for Greencorps on Re-Use and waste management
  • Donated much time and materials over the years to supporting sustainability in schools creating organic vegetable gardens, worm farms, adventure play equipment, outdoor furniture, ponds and even aviaries

Andrew O’Sullivan is a talented designer who re-uses salvaged materials. For over a decade, Andrew has been using so called “rubbish” to add value to properties around Sydney. His passion, commitment and boundless energy has inspired people around the country to recognise the benefits of using salvaged materials. Andrew sees beauty and value in old and discarded objects. His remarkable imagination and vision means he uses these unwanted materials to create instant beauty, warmth and vibrancy in any new landscape. A standout talent is his capacity is maximise features in the landscape and to truly connect the outside space with the indoors, extending living areas and making the most of our stunning climate.

Andrew’s qualifications are in horticulture, landscape construction, nursery practice and permaculture. His passion for re-use grew from a practical need to survive in one of Sydney’s poorest suburbs. Andrew believes the waste-not attitude of his parents born out of necessity, is now a gift - a gift that teaches him to respect and value not only materials, but also the environment and other humans. Andrew has travelled extensively and draws on these experiences for many of his design concepts.

Andrew believes children are the key to creating a better world. He dedicates much of his time to teaching children how to garden without spending money, how to re-use materials and how to better understand the environment they live in. Andrew believes encouraging children to have fun and interact positively with their local environment is fundamental to developing an enduring responsibility and appreciation of our natural world.