‘creating individual gardens’

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lorna@grounddesigns.com.au

Gravelmount House, Castletown, Navan,  Co. Meath C15RP44  Ireland

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At Ground Designs we create individualised gardens reflecting the desires and needs of our clients. Working closely with our clients, we aim to find a unique design which is both functional yet beautiful.


We strive to achieve the perfect balance between hardscaping and planting so that the design realises the full potential of the site.


Ground Designs caters for all garden design styles from the classic country garden to urban contemporary.


Waterwise and ecologically sensitive design is an important part of our design philosophy.

Ongoing consultation with clients is a key element in

Ground Design’s service  

Lorna Vallely (right of photo).

Lorna Vallely grew up in Co. Kildare, Ireland, surrounded by large, rambling, country gardens belonging to family members.


These gardens were crammed with large, old trees, lily-filled ponds, herbaceous borders and abundant vegetable gardens and orchards.


Her love of all things Horticultural followed her to Australia in 1986. Lorna developed a great interest in native plants. Combinations of exotic and native plants chosen for their beauty, drought tolerance and hardiness can be appropriate, depending on client preference.     

Her Sydney garden, created  from a bare hillside, combined sandstone boulders, native trees and shrubs and water features and became a wildlife haven.


Since her move to a sheep-grazing property near Crookwell, NSW, Lorna has graduated with a Degree in Environmental Horticulture  from Charles Sturt University. Her passionate interest in Garden Design continues.  Lorna is the owner and principal designer at Ground Designs.


Further developing her own country garden, ‘Cladymore’, situated  in the cool climate Southern Tablelands region,  gives expression to her design principles of beautiful planting combined with simplicity of design and strong structure underlying the whole.

Lorna at the design desk