About David Wood

David Wood

OND Horticulture, NCH Arboriculture, RFS Forestry, Ba.Edu

Gardeners are people that love being outside watching and helping plants grow. My family has had the gardening bug for several generations.  My grandparents and their parents grew food because it was the normal thing to do – everybody did it. Allotments and shared gardens where everywhere.  Cucumbers in the greenhouse; leeks in the ground, picking blackcurrants;  gooseberries; Dahlias and Chrysanthemums;  digging and manuring the allotment all  bring back so many pleasurable memories of my youth.

Leaving School to work at a Horticultural College in Yorkshire was the catalyst that set me on the gardening pathway. Forty five years later I am still passionate about gardens.

Moving from Melbourne to Queensland in 2015 to live near my daughter (another qualified horticulturalist)  I had decided that semi retirement was on the books.  Teaching fly fishing, another life long passion, was going to be my calling into semi retirement. However the gardening bug just did not want to leave me.

I have Ali and Rob Pilling from ePlants Noosa to thank for enticing me back into the gardening business as ePlants Gardening Consultant and Designer.

My many years of experience in the landscape gardening business have been wonderful. Probably the most satisfying part of my career has been meeting amazing people and being allowed to bring their garden dreams to reality.


  • Vision to formulate designs that fulfil the clients budget and desires. By attentive and active listening to clients requirements the outcome often exceeds all expectations.
  • Years of practical building experience in all aspects of landscape construction ensures accurate and detailed project management.
  • Specialising in broad acre and rural estate planning and design involving integration of farm practise; horses; agriculture and vineyard.
  • Town and Beach design – a flair for dealing with small intimate areas.
  • An eye for detail combined with Construction excellence, close coordination with construction staff, contractors and client results consistently in successful and sustainable projects that have been built on time to budget.
  • Complex estimate compilation using excel spreadsheets. Accurate itemised estimates ensures accurate material ordering; labour requirement ; trade costs; profit / loss and once the project starts helping enormously with budget control.
  • A passionate plantsman with a strong feeling for plant association and a clear understanding of garden style to satisfy the clients brief. Understanding soil requirements; pests and diseases; indigenous vegetation and how to meld climatic requirements with a strong theme has resulted in many beautiful gardens that will endure.
  • Hand drawn designs from concept through to detail construction drawings suitable for submission to council and government for appropriate approvals.
  • Qualified aboricultural consultation, reports and litigation. Contract tree surgery; removals; tree planting and general arboricultural operations management.
  • Turf consultation; golf course design and grounds maintenance
  • Tennis courts and swimming pools design and contract management.
  • Irrigation systems and reticulation inegrating dams; tanks; bores and mains water.
  • Carpentry skills leading to the design and construction of pergolas; gazebos; outbuildings; decks; carports; outdoor furniture.
  • Skills and qualifications in mentoring training and staff development. Understanding pay awards; employee health and safety requirements; work conditions and interview skills.
  • Machine operation & qualifications – articulated truck license; excavator; bob cat; dingo; kanga; tractor; turf equipment; general road building equipment and most hand tools.
  • Horticultural and arboricultural Teaching and education program development and implementation.
  • Computer skills – excel; word; myob; quickbooks; photos; email.

Career Experience

David Wood Gardens Pty Ltd 2013 - 2015

Company Director

  • Landscape Design and Consultation
  • Irrigation Design and Installation
  • Landscape Construction

Vision Gardens Pty Ltd 1994 - 2012

Company Director

  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Construction
  • Establish retail garden centre and 40 seat restaurant on 1.6 acres
  • Undertake all building development
  • Landscape and council approval works to complete Vision Gardens centre
  • On going management of staff and suppliers to successfully run garden centre.
  • Several gardens designed and constructed by Vision Gardens open to public

Woodlands Professional Garden Care 1983 - 1994

Company Director

  • Landscape Design and Consultation
  • Establish Lintons Nursery Landscape and new office
  • Landscape Industries award - best commercial landscape
  • Develop irrigation installation crews
  • Garden Maintenance Division implemented

International Arborists and Landscape Gardeners 1981 - 1983

Self Empoyed

  • Residential landscape design
  • Garden construction
  • Arboricultural consultation and tree surgery

Rivett Enterprises 1980 - 1981

Manager Arboriculture

  • Employed by Rivett Enterprise as Arboricultural and Play Ground Equipment Manager
  • Landscape Design
  • Landscape Construction
  • Establish retail garden centre and 40 seat restaurant on 1.6 acres
  • Undertake all building development; landscape and council approval works to complete Vision Gardens centre
  • On going management of staff and suppliers to successfully run garden centre.
  • Several gardens designed and constructed by Vision Gardens open to public

Melbourne Botanic Gardens 1979 - 1979


  • Senior Arborist
  • Secured position from UK

David Wood Tree Surgeons 1977 - 1978

Self Employed

  • Tree removal operations - Dutch Elm Disease
  • Dutch Elm Disease consultation
  • Tree surgery operations
  • Commercial forestry operations
  • Establish first self employed business operation

Bishop Burton Agricultural College 1973 - 1974


  • Gardener full time
  • Agricultural grounds maintenance
  • Propagation
  • Assist in production of fruit; vegetables and cut flowers for use in college
  • Undertake machinery maintenance and operations.

David Wood 1969 - 1973

  • Part time junior landscape construction labourer with Nick Ashton Landscapes
  • Garden maintenance part time - residential

Education and Qualifications

Monash University 1992 - March 1994

Batchelor of Educational Studies - BEDST

Merrist Wood Agricultural College 1977 - June 1977

Royal Forestry Society Certificate in Arboriculture

Merrist Wood Agricultural College 1976 - 1977

Surrey County Certificate Arboriculture - Distinction

Merrist Wood Agricultural College 1976 - January 1977

National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) Distinction

  • Principles and Practice of Arboriculture

East Riding College of Agriculture 1973 - June 1973

City and Guilds Certificates

  • City and Guilds Certificate Horticulture Machinery - Credit
  • City and Guilds Certificate Horticulture Principles - Credit
  • City and Guilds Certificate Amenity Horticulture - Credit

Askham Bryan College of Agriculture and Horticultureege of Agriculture 1973 - July 1976

National Diploma Amenity Horticulture - Credit

Professional Associations

  • Registered Building Practioner
  • Australian Institute Horticulture
  • Landscape Industries Association – Victoria
  • Nursery Association – Victoria