'My involvement with greenwalls and greenroofs came from a childhood interest in lithophytes and epiphytic plants. Difficult sites with shallow or no soil became palettes of experimental plantings and planting techniques all of this done in residential landscape on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. All the planting techniques, medias and methodology (and technology) that has been developed for greening and reclaiming the built environment came from my interest in plants + their ecology. Observing plant communities in habitat, utilising bio-diverse plantings to cater for the full range of niches available on site, reducing resources used to both accommodate and maintain them. Many of these “gardens” are in effect large seamless greenroof/greenwall transitions using a variety of these techniques developed over more than 30 years.'
A qualified horticulturalist, Mark originally trained as a Marine Biologist and worked for CSIRO Fisheries and in Oceanography, working on coral reefs and estuaries. These habitats contain many of the lithophytes and epiphytes Mark originally used in residential plantings of trees + rocks replicating this habitat. He was the first to successfully design and install greenwalls in Australia; it is this experience and his understanding of plant biomechanics and their simple requirement for water, light and nutrition that he uses in designing greenwalls and greenroofs. His 30 year old original test greenwalls are still thriving today! To this add a skilled and detailed artist’s eye and the design and final product are guaranteed to impress.
Mark’s unique greenwalls and greenroofs have featured in a large variety of national and international media + a similar number of National + International speaking engagements.
Mark is a member of the Friends of The Royal Botanic Gardens, Australian Plant Society, International Bromeliad Societies, Manly Warringah Orchid Society and The Australian Institute of Horticulture. He holds several national design awards.