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About Abben Art Garden Design & Landscaping

Abben Art garden design offers a unique service that aims to provide individual and independent guidance to you, the client, enabling you to head down a garden path that best suits your landscaping requirements, budget and time frame.

The process begins by contacting us via email or phone, this is when we arrange a mutually agreeable time for a meeting.


Extensive experience with client’s has proved it is always best, if in a partnership to have both parties attending the initial meeting. Make sure you don’t have any other pressing engagements and have done some homework. For example, think about what you like and equally important what you don’t like in gardens. We at Abben art have found magazines a useful tool for this. Create a scrapbook of ideas!

The initial garden consultation is valuable time spent with you the client. Here your individual garden needs are addressed, taking into account environmental factors such as drought tolerance of plants, soil conditions, wind exposure, availability of water and health of existing plants. You may just need advice and pointed in the right direction or a complete design  and landscape works. At Abben Art we like to provide the best possible advice at the beginning to suit the individuals needs and budget.
You may want to have pen and paper at hand to jot down some notes. We will then propose a course of action which will avoid expensive mistakes, enhance your lifestyle and the value of your property.

Below is a short biography on our chief designer Clive Abben.

We thank you for viewing our website and look forward to meeting with you.
Kind regards and happy gardening.
The team from Abben Art garden design.

About Clive:
Clive Abben has been featured in gardening magazines such as Country Style, The Weekly Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Outdoor Design and living and Country Gardens.

Clive trained in England as a Landscape designer and horticulturist.  He then spent 10 years as manager of a rapidly expanding grounds maintenance and landscaping company based in Surrey U.K.

Clive moved to Australia with a young family in the early nineties and made their first home just out of Melbourne on a bush block in Kangaroo Ground (quite a tree change.)  Clive joined a small but innovative firm based in Warrandyte. This is where he managed a landscape team that designed and created Contemporary  gardens specialising in dry stone walling and water features. It was during these early days Clive became involved  in the building of display gardens for events such as the flower and garden show.

Clive’s passion for landscape Design, plants and gardens lead him to the role as head gardener of a 3 acre Edna Walling property in Northern Victoria. Here Clive developed the gardens and was delighted to share them with the public by opening them to bus tours and the Open Garden Scheme.

Clive’s love of learning about the diversity of plants and environmental conditions, saw him relocate to Rye on the Mornington Peninsula. This is where Clive took on the role of managing the maintenance and expansion of the largest retirement village in the Southern hemisphere. During the nine years Clive spent at the Village Glen Rosebud he selected, sourced and oversaw the planting of 45 acres of new gardens , of which none were irrigated. The knowledge gained about plant suitability under varied growing conditions is still an invaluable design resource for Abben Art.

Not long after arriving in Rye, Clive saw and was amazed by the sand sculptures on Rye’s front beach. Excited by another artistic outlet, Clive involved himself in the art of sand sculpting, a passion that takes him to the Frankston foreshore to carve alongside local and international sculptors for a few weeks in December .

With the creative aspect of The Village Glen’s planting drawing to a close and having carried out private landscape design constantly through his career, Clive decided to inject his vast knowledge into the establishment of Abben Art in August 2008.
Since the inception of Abben Art, Clive has designed, project managed and constructed a diverse range of landscapes. From a native rooftop garden in Port Melbourne overlooking the bay to a rural 5 acres of landscaping and planting in Merricks, where the happy clients now traverse over a  sleeper bridge into an oasis of winding paths and hidden secret areas.

Clive has also involved himself in teaching design at diploma level part time as he loves passing on his knowledge to the next generation of designers.  Clive has also given time to various organisations such as garden clubs to give talks on Design and  gardens.

Clive’s passion for Landscape design and creating gardens plus a love of learning has ensured Clive has kept up to date and always more than Happy to talk Gardens.


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