Emma Sheppard-Simms - Owner, Plantery

BSc (Hons),BLArch (Hons), MLArch

Emma Sheppard-Simms is a landscape architect living and working on Wadawarrung Country (Ballarat).

In 2022 she established Plantery Landscape Architecture — a boutique landscape design firm that specialises in climate-resilient, ethical, and creative landscape design. Emma has years of experience working as a qualified landscape architect on residential and commercial design projects across Australia, from bike paths, to memorials, urban parks, museum landscapes and schools, as well as a wide variety of residential projects. 

Emma combines her design practice with teaching and research, and currently teaches students from all over Australia in the Diploma of Sustainable Design at the University of Tasmania. She is also a passionate communicator, and enjoys writing about urban design issues. her writing can be found in many publications, including The Planthunter, Landscape Architecture Australia, The Conversation, ABC Online, and Kerb Journal.

In 2023 Emma won a competition run by Open Gardens, with a prize of $10,000.00 to build and design a student garden at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS). Her all-female team of volunteers included designers, landscapers, carpenters, apprentices, and horticulturists and together they made history as the first all-female construction team in the history of the show! To top it all off, their all-native sustainable garden design was awarded the prize for ‘Best Visual Display (Exhibitor)’, which was a brilliant recognition of the time and effort put in by the whole team.  

When Emma is not designing, teaching, or writing, she can usually be found digging in her veggie patch or exploring Victoria’s brilliant natural landscapes with her family. 

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