The landscape design practice Sticks & Stones is a composite of two minds – Fiona Ericsson and Julia Levitt. The two met while studying together at Sydney’s Ryde Horticultural College and hit it off instantly – quickly realising they appreciated the same things in good design. When they moved out into the industry, it seemed logical they team up and they’ve quickly garnered the industry’s respect and awards. This week on The Potter’s Wheel, we sat down with Jules to pick her brain.
You two are obviously a successful team – What are your tips for a great working partnership?
Excellent communication is most definitely number one. If Fi and I ever have any concerns, or issues, we address them right away; nothing is swept under the rug. We share the same values and work ethic and are always working towards the same goals. Importantly we value each other’s skills, contribution and time. And we laugh a lot!
Do you have a favourite plant? Why is it a favourite?
I feel like this is a slightly impossible question. It depends on the application and design, but I am a sucker for a pretty flower, so Anemone japonica is for sure one of my favourites! On the other side of this, I adore the structure and architectural shape of Sanseveria ‘moonshine’, with their dusty blue colouring.
What’s the garden at home look like?
I live in the inner west, so space is limited. I have a balcony, which I have divided up into different spaces for relaxing and entertaining. Given I have no garden beds, I have maxed out on pots and furniture! Fi is on the north shore, and has a larger yard, which is formal in style. We both love entertaining with family and friends, so maximising our outdoor spaces is important to us.
What’s great about the industry you work in?
The people and the plants! Plus you are creating something beautiful that only gets better with age.
What has been your favourite project so far?
Palm Beach. The location was incredible and we were brought in to create a lush, Hamiliton Island feel through tropical, well established plants. There was over 3,500 plants grown specifically for this job, including palms being freighted from Queensland. For a plant lover, it was an absolute delight to be involved in such a special project.
If you could retire now – what would you choose to do?
What’s your favourite Sunday look like?
Sleep in, and café hopping followed by a jaunt in the park.
If not landscape design – where would you be plying a trade?
Fi would love to be an artist. I have done enough other jobs to know, this is certainly the one for me!
Lastly, any design tips?
Keep it simple and play with textures in both foliage and your pots.
Sticks & Stones Landscape Design
Web : www.sticksandstonesld.com.au
Phone: 0426 259 973
Address: Level 10, 418a Elizabeth St Surry Hills NSW 2010
Images courtesy of Sticks and Stones Landscape Design and Wiki Commons