Joanne and Angela Neylon
Australian House & Garden Magazine|December 2021
Landscape designer Joanne founded her garden design business 40 years ago. Her daughter, Angela, is an interior designer who represents the ‘interior’ in Joanne Green Landscape & Interior.

Did your childhood inform your career?

Joanne It did. As a child, we were always gardening, sailing, beaching or picnicking. I fell in love with nature and the sounds and smells of the outdoors in all seasons.

Angela Growing up with a mum in the design industry had a huge impression on me – I was always drawing house plans for my toys or rearranging my bedroom. When I was 16, Mum took me to the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, where universities were handing out flyers. I became obsessed with studying interior design and I ended up doing just that, at RMIT University.

Was working together a natural evolution for the business?

J We enjoy each other’s company and there is a synergy between us that we both benefit from. Angie has brought skills, youth and energy to the business.

A I always wanted to work with Mum. We loved the idea of creating beautiful spaces that encouraged indoor-outdoor living.

How does your average working day unfold?

J I’ve worked from home for the past year and I wish I had done it sooner. I usually see clients around 9.30am, then either head to site or back to the office for emails, designing and admin until about 6pm.

A Coffee is essential, as is checking emails and making a to-do list. I try to tackle all the admin in the morning so I can dedicate the rest of the day to designing, which is what I really enjoy.

What do you love about your work?

J All the hands-on things – designing, construction and garden maintenance.

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