The Director - Gerrad Everson completed a Bachelor Science / Architecture degree at The University of Newcastle. He then studied Landscape Architecture at The University of Melbourne, completing a Post Graduate Certificate of Landscape Architecture.
Gerrad went on to work for multi award winning garden designers – Jack Merlo & Eugene Gilligan, creating some of Australia’s finest gardens for nearly 10 years throughout Melbourne.
Returning to Newcastle in 2008, Octopus Garden Design was established and has grown with additional support staff with qualifications in Architecture, Horticulture, Landscaping, 3D graphics, Landscape Design & Administration to maintain our high level of service to our clientele.

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Jack Merlo is a Melbourne based garden designer, who has won numerous awards including a Gold Medal at Chelsea Flower Show (London) in 2005. His work can be seen in books, magazines & TV appearances. Director Gerrad Everson worked with Jack Merlo for many years creating numerous private gardens & international show gardens from concept to completion.

Eugene Gilligan Garden Design

Eugene Gilligan is a Melbourne based garden designer who encourages the principles of elegance & simplicity in urban, residential & country homes throughout Victoria. Director Gerrad Everson started working with Eugene Gilligan whilst studying Landscape Architecture at the University of Melbourne & developed his passion for residential garden design.

Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers

AILDM is an association of qualified landscape design & management professionals who have a sound knowledge of landscape design principles, professional ethics, plants & environmental management. Octopus Garden Design was accepted for membership in 2009.