Raised in the leafy suburbs of Brisbane’s northwest, Joe McAlister has always had a love of nature and was introduced to the concept of home gardening at an early age with family vege patches, chickens, and a backyard mango tree. Through camping trips to national parks in Southeast Queensland, he developed a deep appreciation for native flora. His passion for gardening flourished after purchasing a post-war cottage with a blank slate lawn where he was able to bring his native landscaping vision to his own surroundings.
With a background in business and marketing, Joe has also completed a Diploma of Horticulture at Grovely Campus, Brisbane North Institute of TAFE and a Permaculture Design Certificate at Northey Street City Farm. His horticulture studies have focused on plant identification and use, soils, sustainable land use and landscape design.
Joe strives to increase the use of native flora to improve our natural surroundings, increase diversity within suburban gardens, and provide habitat and food sources for our local native wildlife. Additionally, he hopes his designs will encourage people to become involved in their outdoor space and reconnect with our natural surroundings.