ABOUT

James Ross has over 15 years industry experience, and an award winning background in landscape design and construction.  James originally completed a landscape apprenticeship, learning the physical skills and horticultural practices required in developing high end residential gardens in the inner suburbs of Melbourne. Working alongside reputable trades and clients, he quickly picked up a trained eye for detail and commitment for achieving premium results with each project. This passion led to recognition amongst his peers, and was awarded Victorian Landscape apprentice of the year. James was given the opportunity to design and build a large scale residential landscape in Los Angeles, which also allowed him to travel abroad to further develop his craft and own design philosophies. Returning from overseas, James successfully completed further garden design studies at the University of Melbourne ( Burnley ) under Andrew Laidlaw. During this time James returned to the rugged beauty and exposed shores of Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, where JRLD was formed.  Forever inspired by nature and coastal environments, JRLD specialises in creating contemporary coastal gardens, with the use of mixed planting palettes and raw materials that connect to the surrounding landscape and built form of cutting edge architecture. JRLD expanded to the sub tropical environment of Queensland’s Noosa region in 2015, where James continues to follow his passion in creating inspiring gardens along this stunning stretch of coast.


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- CERTIFICATE 3 & 4 HORTICULTURE ( LANDSCAPE )
- GRADUATE CERTIFICATE GARDEN DESIGN ( BURNLEY )
- LANDSCAPES VIC APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR 2006
- 'SP PACIFIC PROJECT' DESIGN AND BUILD WEST LOS ANGELES, CA 2006/07
- ‘A VISION OF WAVES’ GARDEN Mifgs 2009
- ROYAL MELBOURNE BOTANICAL GARDENS PROJECTS 2007-2010
- HIGHLY COMMENDED RESIDENTIAL Landscape $150,000 > $300,000 LV 2010
- SILVER GILT’ TRAILFINDERS AUSTRALIAN GARDEN CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW 2011
- KOOYONG LAWN TENNIS CLUB GRASS COURT PROJECT 2013
- AWARD WINNING ‘PENINSULA’ GARDEN MIfgs 2014