Ian Barker

Ian Barker – Head Judge – Display Gardens

“Being asked to be a head judge at the upcoming Horticultural & Gardening Festival is a real honour. Having designed and built a number of display gardens in the past, I believe I have a great understanding of what it takes to create a garden for the public to enjoy”.

Award winning landscape designer, Ian Barker is changing one backyard at a time with his unique approach to garden design. With over 25 years in the industry, Ian is set to make his mark in the garden.

Ian and his team are passionate about designing and constructing some of the highest quality residential gardens in Melbourne. With an emphasis on innovative yet functional design, Ian is establishing himself as one of Victoria’s leading landscape designers.


Ian began his landscape design, construction and maintenance business in 1996 after completing two apprenticeships, several horticultural courses, plus extensive work experience abroad. He made positive first impressions in his first year in business and was highly commended at the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

Ian’s approachable demeanour, love for the outdoors and timeless style continue to prove a winning combination.

Subsequent years have seen Ian and his company, Ian Barker Gardens, grow to over 25 staff.

Ian places high importance on helping clients design a garden that’s tailored for them. Providing a complete service that ranges from design to construction to maintenance, ensures the process is seamless.

His media appearances have included Better Homes and Gardens, BBC London, Abode TV Australia’s Best Gardens, Burke’s Backyard, 3AW, ABC radio and a vast array of magazines and press articles.

A member of the Landscape Industries Association of Victoria (now Landscaping Victoria) for over 10 years, Ian also served as treasurer and vice president for a five-year tenure.

Chelsea Flower Show

Ian Barker Gardens are now three time medal winners at the world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show in London.

  • 2008 - For the construction of the Jamie Durie designed Australian show garden.
  • 2010 - For the construction of the TLC designed Australian show garden.
  • 2011 - In May 2011 Ian received a Silver-Gilt medal for his own design.

This latest medal cemented his place as an award-winning garden designer on the international garden design and horticultural stage. Meeting Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, a career highlight.

Recent Awards

Ian’s most recent achievements include winning a gold medal, along with the Horticultural & Media Association’s Best Use of Plant Life Award for the show garden ‘Cross Roads’ at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show.

He also won a silver medal for ‘Left-overs’ at MIFGS in 2014 and a gold medal for ‘The New Wave’ in 2013.

Ian Barker Gardens were awarded the medium business award at the Whitehorse Business Group – Excellence in Business Awards 2013 and received 1 gold, 5 silver and 4 bronze medals at the Landscaping Victoria awards in 2012.


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