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Herald Sun - Spectacular Dandenong Ranges garden takes outdoor play to new level

MELBOURNE garden designer Richard Bellemo is swinging Tarzan-style on a rope high up in the treetops of the Dandenong Ranges. “He’s the biggest kid of them all,” says wife Nina, with a laugh.

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St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School Aspendale WINS Premiers Sustainability Awards 2014 - EDUCATION

St Louis de Montfort’s Primary School, Aspendale creates a one-of-a-kind educational program and sustainable precinct that supports a whole school approach to developing active environmental citizens. The St Louis de Montfort’s Leaders in Sustainable Education program, partnering with the City of Kingston, Melbourne Water, South East Water and the Dolphin Research Institute, places a strong emphasis on utilising the school site and local area within their curriculum, including a strong focus on building leadership skills.

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Mark DREYFUS opens parliament with speech on St Louis de Montfort's Primary School in Aspendale.

"Through the integrated sustainability garden and kitchen, students learn about concepts such as permaculture, aquaponics, nutrition and how to identify indigenous edible plants. As I spoke with the students, it was obvious that this applied approach to environmental curriculum has deeply engaged their learning and taught them an appreciation for the land and living sustainably in our fragile Australian environment"

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St Macartan’s and St Joseph’s recognised for their ongoing commitment to sustainability

St Macartan’s Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School have once again received numerous awards for their outstanding contribution to sustainability made possible by RB Landscapes designs and construction. The sustainable landscapes designed by RB Landscapes, have supported the schools ongoing commitment to sustainability and their integration of these practices into curriculum.

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Templestowe Music Evening

The Richard Bellemo garden in Templestowe was recently selected to participate in a one-off musical event as the Wagner Ring Festival.

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A landscape design for St Augustine’s

Richard Bellemo and the RB Landscapes team have been busy collaborating with St Augustine’s primary school in Frankston South. The school wishes to transform the existing open space to become more legible and emphasis their already flourishing curriculum surrounding an existing produce garden.

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Hills Community Preschool Design

Richard Bellemo and the RB Landscapes team were excited to be given the challenge of designing the Hills Community Preschool outdoor area in Olinda. 

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St Joseph’s Café finished in time for Regional Primary School Principle meeting

The design proposal for Joey’s Café has been built! Integrating a café style seating, serving and selling area into the existing outdoor kitchen RB Landscapes built for the school in 2011.

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A plan for Joey’s Café

After the success of their outdoor kitchen classroom, wetland and mangrove research centre, St Joseph’s Primary School in Cribb Point contacted the RB Landscapes team to design Joey’s café, in a neglected area under an existing River Red Gum where students could sell their produce grown in the veggie patch and serve food they cooked in the outdoor kitchen.

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St Louis De Montfort Kids Teaching Kids Day

St Louis De Montfort Recycled shipping container kitchen classroom has been completed in Aspendale. The design was a component of an overall master plan designed by RB Landscapes in August 2012. Works included the kitchen classroom , wetland system, permaculture orchard, woodland, aquaponics system and recycled tyre produce garden extension.

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St Joseph’s Chelsea Student Planting Day

St Joseph’s Outdoor Kitchen has finished construction with students planting out the produce garden to celebrate. After the design of an open space master plan in 2012, the Outdoor kitchen, produce garden, bike storage area and permaculture orchard has been constructed to support curriculum centred around student involvement with natural materials, self-sufficiency and sustainable practices in the outdoor environment.

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St Macartan’s Wins 2012 CEFPI Landscape Award

Council of Education Facility Planners International (CEFPI ) have awarded St Macartans Primary School the winner of Category 6 Landscaping/Outdoor Learning Area.

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RB Landscapes a regular particpant in the biennial Garden Design Festival

After years of successful open garden events, Richard Bellemo has been profiled by the Garden Design Festival since 2008.

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Templestowe takes part in the Open Garden Festival 2013

Richard Bellemo’s garden design in Templestowe was celebrated at the Garden Design Festival, taking part in the Open Garden Show. The landscape is reaching maturity, and it continues to be recongised for its gracefully undulating native garden and sensational natural pool.

A new addition to the office

The RB Landscapes office in Kalorama has recently under gone an extension... of the landscape! The front garden now contains a water rill and pond constructed by our Landscape Construction team! 

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St Francis Primary School completed

Richard Bellemo and the RB Landscapes team were excited to be given the challenge of re-designing 2 areas constituting most of the open space at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Frankston.

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A Recycled Shipping Container Kitchen for St Louis De Montfort Primary School, Aspendale

An open space masterplan was completed for St Louis De Montfort Primary School in Aspendale in July 2012. The first area to be developed in line with the masterplan will be the Kitchen and Produce Garden area.

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Open Space Master plan for St Patrick's Primary School, Mentone

RB Landscapes has designed an landscape Master Plan for St Patrick’s Catholic Parish School in Mentone. The Master Plan includes a Outdoor Kitchen, Permaculture Orchard, Veggie Patch, Undercover Bike Storage, Tree House Adventure Playground, Amphitheatre and Passive Recreation Spaces.

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St Joesph's Primary School, Chealsea Planning under way

The RB Landscape team have created an open space master plan for St Joesph's Catholic Primary School in Chelsea, with planning and construction to commence in early 2013. The community at St Joeseph's were interested in including an outdoor kitchen, produce garden, teaching space and passive play areas into their school. RB Landscapes developed three new passive play areas and a new outdoor kitchen space, to encourage student involvement with natural materials, self-sufficiency and sustainable practices in the outdoor environment. The Outdoor Kitchen creates a teaching space, veggie garden and permaculture orchard that can be used by the school to give the students the opportunity enhance their skills to cultivate, cook and create into the future

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New range of furniture and planters for individual purchase! 

Landscapes release a new range of furniture and planters that can add flair to any garden! Whether you are looking to show case you favourite plant in one of our custom planters or have been searching for a superb bench to add to your favourite relaxation spot, we have the product you've been looking for. With many of our planters and furniture able to be customised for size, RB Landscapes new product range is the perfect place to find what you've been looking for! To add a touch of RB Landscapes to your life contact us at or call the office on 03 9728 2295.

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Stage 2 Finished at St Macartans, with Stage 3 Under Way

Stage 2 included a series of passive play spaces, garden themed play areas, boardwalks made from saved and reclaimed timbers and a network of seasonal and permanent wetlands.

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St Joseph's Primary School Completed

Richard Bellemo and the RB Landscapes team were excited at the opportunity to design an Outdoor Kitchen Classroom to complement the future landscape of the school. Considering the variety of programs that the School Community desired to integrate through the Outdoor Kitchen Classroom, the challenge for the RB team was to deliver on the design brief in way that would be beautiful, affordable, and sustainably functional.

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Vision for Caulfield Grammar

RB Landscapes has recently finished our proposal for Caulfield Grammar to construct a sustainability learning precinct at their Yarra Junction campus.

The proposal is to create an area where students can learn and put into practice all the processes involved in living a completely self-sufficient lifestyle, requiring no external entities or resources to prosper. Practices such as permaculture, aquaponics, water recycling/management and renewable power are all concepts we have employed in the design of the precinct. The actual construction of the precinct will be completed primarily using reclaimed, recycled and alternative materials.

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Landscape Australia Expo 2011

The Landscape Australia Expo recently invited Richard Bellemo to speak at their inaugural 2011 Designer’s Breakfast. Held at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on 1st of September, the two hour breakfast event was established as a private networking function and seminar for landscape designers and architects to meet together and learn from fellow innovators in their industry.

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RB team celebrate opening new office

The RB team have been spending any spare time they get setting up their new office in Kalorama on Mt. Dandenong. So far they have custom built benches and a table from a fallen red cedar they found in Hawthorne as well as building and testing out their own design for a customizable green wall system! Next they plan to develop a rainwater garden and sculptural show piece!

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LAI Landscaping Australia Inc. - Landscape Award of Excellence

Residential Landscape Construction - $75,000 - $150,000
RB Landscapes, Victoria

Presented at the LANDSCAPING AUSTRALIA INC 2011 NATIONAL CONFERENCE 12 - 14 May 2011 Lachlan's Old Government House, Parramatta.

Takasho Hosts RB Landscapes in Japan

The Japanese story continues to grow for Richard Bellemo Landscapes with Richard Bellemo solely representing Australia as a key speaker at the 2011 Takasho Total Garden Fair in Tokyo, Japan. Personally invited by Takasho CEO and Managing Director, Mr Nobuo Takaoka, Richard was flown across to Japan for five days and given the honour of addressing 600 industry representatives on his experience in creating the outdoor or 'fifth room' in landscape design.

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RB Landscapes Takes Home Six LIAV Awards

As the dust settles on the 2010 Landscape Industries Association of Victoria (LIAV) awards night, Richard Bellemo and his RB Landscapes team are still elated after taking home a staggering six awards.

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RB Landscapes Celebrates Success at Garden DesignFest 2010'

Acclaimed Melbourne-based landscape design and construction business, RB Landscapes, is already making plans for their involvement in the 2010 Garden DesignFest. Held over one busy weekend on 13th – 14th November 2010, this unique bi-annual garden expo offers the general public the chance to view select garden landscapes and meet the designer's behind them.

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RB Landscapes Captures Imagination Of Japanese Garden Empire

When Richard Bellemo started his fledgling landscape and design construction business in 2002, he never expected to be sitting down to lunch with the CEO of Japan's largest garden supply companies 7 years later.

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Quintuple Water Feature Claims
Industry Award for RB Landscapes

RB Landscapes has again been recognised by the Landscape Industries Association Victoria (LIAV) at their annual 2009 awards ceremony with a quintuple water feature receiving top honours in the best 'Feature in the Landscape' category. Up against a number of high profile garden designer finalists, the RB Landscapes water feature drew praise from the judges for its simplicity of design that successfully camouflaged a complex project within a small courtyard space.

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