Plan to Plant

Mark Thomson

My background is not just confined to horticulture and garden design. I have an Associate Diploma in Applied Science where I specialised in Environment and Forestry.  Working with the DPI as an overseer and as a production nursery manager, has given me extensive experience in plant production, establishment and maintenance.  I also have formal qualifications in landscape horticulture and garden design. I have been a consultant for over 16years and have travelled all over South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales for work. Over this time I have seen many gardens and resolved many horticultural and design issues.

One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping clients by giving the right advice. So when you are developing your landscape it is important to realise the benefits that a suitably qualified consultant can bring to your project.

In January 2008, I completed a Permaculture Design Certificate. This enables me to converse and relate the permaculture philosophy and design principles to those of you who are wishing to lighten their footprints! Permaculture is broadly -based in many science disciplines, Its  holistic approach  has many valuable applications to all aspects of my life. As a student of applied science my skill and experience gives me the unique ability to advise and solve problems in a diverse range of situations.  My conservative conscience gives me a deep seated desire to minimise our impact on the environment.

Mark Thomson

Assoc. Dip. App. Science (Forestry); Cert. Hort. (Landscape), Permaculture (PDC)


Rudi Hoffman

I have studied extensively in the environmental and sustainability fields and am particularly committed to sustainable landscapes and design, having completed a Bachelor of Arts (Environment), a Master of Environment, and a Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC).

I bring from my collective studies, a fundamental understanding of Brisbane's Bioregional organisation. I have studied the bigger picture on food, shelter, energy and finance and am keen to apply this knowledge as a consultant. I am a practicing permaculturalist / horticulturist with interests in ornamental, indigiscape and all edible plants in general. I have an in-depth knowledge surrounding current issues of sustainability, all of which can be translated into practical sustainable landscape management and projects. I am currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Forest Science and Management which allows me to further advise you on land use, restoration forestry and agroforestry opportunities for your property.

I have been an organic gardener for many years and have been growing fresh produce from the smallest of backyards. Being a capable organic gardener I can apply this knowledge through skills and qualification gained from a permaculture design certificate. I feel it is important to create garden spaces that are productive and sustainable in any backyard. With good planning and the integration of sound permaculture practices I have created some great food gardens in the past for friends and clients. In planning these small systems my overall objective is to maximise the productive gains from a site, whilst minimising waste and expenditure in building them. I am very big on recycling and reusing many supply streams in small space productive gardens. However, I am also quite innovative in my approach to incorporate appropriate technologies where applicable. I have an interest in hydroponics and aquaponics as well as other micro food production systems that can be utilised in backyards. As a vegetarian, I selectively source my produce locally from many places, but I also grow a proportion of what our family needs in our own home patch.

Rudi Hoffman

BA Env / MEnvEcPolicy / Permaculture (PDC)








































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Productive Gardens

Look at the benefits of integrating both productive gardens such as vegetable patches and orchards, with more ornamental and natural systems on the one site! This can save space and precious resources. In fact, some plants can be companion planted to achieve better yields. There are many hundreds of plant guilds that work together like this.
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