Being Melbourne’s premier landscape services company takes a very special team of dedicated staff. The team at Lucas House and Garden are all-that and more. Below are biographies for a handful of the team.
Office ManagerClick for BIO
Robyn is Lucas House and Garden’s beloved Office Manager. She is super-organised, always kind, and very humble. Robyn brings both order and joy to the office and is a role-model to many of the young site-staff. She is responsible for general administration, accounting, invoicing and reception duties. Robyn genuinely loves her job, and believes one can never have too many plants. She enjoys constantly learning all she can about gardening – she sees it as a bonus of a job that she loves. Robyn’s positive attitude and smiling face is a welcome first point of contact for staff, clients and contractors alike.
Landscapes DirectorClick for BIO
Qualified in Horticulture and with 23 years in the industry here in Melbourne, Mark also has further background in Landscape Design and Structural Engineering (along with his self-described diploma from the School of Hard Knocks, Blackburn). Mark is the Director of the Landscape Department and is a licenced and registered Structural Landscaper, bringing his vast knowledge (and exceptionally high expectations) in all things landscape to the table.
He oversees the process from design phase, through to estimations and construction to deliver high value, high quality landscape projects from the planning through to handover. Mark is involved every step of the way and loves to walk through completed garden spaces with happy clients, seeing the design intent and brief come to life – often after months of planning and construction. He is inspired by landscapes that work in harmony with a home and its natural surrounds. At home in the Dandenong Ranges on a never ending renovation project, a family man, Mark spends much of his ‘free’ time involved in various sports and committees with his 3 children.
General ManagerClick for BIO
Sam has been with the company for over 10 years and is the General Manager at Lucas House and Garden – a role akin to that of Superman. Qualified in Accounting and Computer Systems, Sam manages the day to day operations of the business, controlling everything from budgets to hiring staff. His integrity is described by James Lucas as “legendary”. With high expectations of everyone, including himself, Sam is highly respected by his colleagues (despite baracking for the Bombers) – managing and empowering them in their individual roles. As a father of two young children, he is grounded by his love of family, and inspired by his faith that the right way will always prevail.
Managing DirectorClick for BIO
James Lucas is the quiet, modest brains behind Lucas House and Garden. After gaining his Diploma of Horticulture “from way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth”, James learned his trade both at Poyntons Nursery in Essendon, and at Jenny Smith Gardens in Malvern*, where he worked in garden maintenance and landscaping. James knows this industry inside out and is not afraid of getting his hands dirty; he’s involved in every aspect of the business he loves.
From humble beginnings, with one trusty Hilux and some basic garden tools, James founded the business in 2005 with an unceasing vision to provide Melbourne’s finest quality landscape design and garden maintenance services. Through his dedication and hard work, and unfailing support from his wife and extended family, James has stayed true to his vision and created a thriving business that is a trusted name in premium garden design and maintenance throughout Melbourne’s most beautiful suburbs.
James directs the culture, vision and planning at Lucas House and Garden, but is very much hands-on when it comes to building relationships with clients, suppliers and staff. Though much of his time is spent managing the overall business (and a fabulous team now run each individual part of the business) James still provides input on design, sales, construction, maintenance and fleet and yard management. He is an active and crucial part of the team.
Proud of the culture that has been developed, James loves that his work still brings challenges and opportunities each day. The growth and development of his staff, of the Lucas brand, and of the gardens they create and maintain, are of the utmost importance to James. He has built a company that empowers staff to achieve their career goals, whilst creating beautiful, outdoor spaces for clients to enjoy.
James runs the business with quiet authority, confidence, and the utmost discretion for his clients’ privacy. Lucas House and Garden is proud of its reputation for excellence in all areas of the business and James feels privileged to work with such an outstanding team.
*Jenny Smith Gardens joined forces with Lucas House and Garden in 2016 and is now part of the thriving Lucas business.
Maintenance CoordinatorClick for BIO
Joseph is a dedicated and skilled Maintenance Coordinator with a passion for creating and maintaining beautiful outdoor spaces. Qualified as a landscaper and horticulturist, Joseph has a fastidious eye for detail and a deep understanding of horticulture. He expertly oversees the planning, execution, and ongoing care of hundreds of gardens and all staff in the maintenance department. His strong organizational abilities and effective communication ensure that every project flourishes under his guidance. Joseph has over 15 years experience the in the landscaping industry.
Away from work Joseph loves watching sport and spending quality time at his newly built home with his wife, sassy toddler daughter and two cats.
Maintenance ManagerClick for BIO
Born and raised in Melbourne, Ryan has owned a successful landscape design and construction business for 15 years before coming onboard to LHG.
He has a 25-plus year background in horticulture with a focus on environmental sustainability. This means he likes to focus on the landscape holistically and provide long term outcomes rather than short term fixes. Qualified in horticulture; landscape design and a qualified carpenter Ryan brings a great skillset and years of experience to LHG. Ryan spends his free time on his motorcycle, bush walking and quality time with his wife and daughter.
Senior Landscape DesignerClick for BIO
With his multitude of horticultural qualifications, Howard is the chief creative force at Lucas House and Garden. Howard excels in his ability to interpret a client’s garden dreams and ideas, revelling in the opportunity to create something unexpected and exciting in his designs. His exceptional people skills allow him to build real and lasting connections with clients, which enables him to design a garden that provides maximum pleasure for the owner, considerately guiding them to bring their unique vision to life with his wealth of experience and knowledge. With over 20 years working in the design industry and 10 years in construction and maintenance, Howard has an exceptional understanding of all aspects of the design process from inception to completion. Howard is a gentle soul with exceptional creative vision. When he is not designing, he’s a dad to 2 young children.
Landscapes ManagerClick for BIO
Qualified in landscape construction, Daniel has been in the landscaping industry for 22 years. Having worked in both residential and commercial landscaping, he has gained a vast array of experience working on a diverse range of landscaping projects. Daniel is the Landscape and Construction manager and takes over the project from our estimators – through the early planning stages, construction then through to completion. Dealing with the day-to-day running of our landscape team, Daniel conducts multiple site visits a week which involves mentoring staff and insuring that LHG high standards are met, while giving him satisfaction of watching the landscape team bring the clients dream backyard to life.
When not playing Veteran’s football and pretending to be back in his 20’s, Daniel enjoys nothing more than spending time with his 3 children.
Landscapes CoordinatorClick for BIO
Qualified in Landscape Construction and Audio Engineering, Matt is extremely capable and organised. He is often the first point of contact with new projects and landscape enquiries. His day-to-day role involves on site- consultations, estimating, client liaison throughout projects, communication to construction managers/site supervisors whilst maintaining relationships with clients and suppliers. He has been involved in the Landscape industry for over 17 years and loves watching a garden’s ‘blank canvas’ being transformed into something beautiful. He values his ability to build great relationships with clients, finding joy in seeing their reactions in watching a dream garden come to life. Matt and his young family live near the beach and they spend their spare time in or near the water whenever possible.
Special Projects ManagerClick for BIO
Kane joined the team at Lucas House and Garden in 2017 – having worked in high-end landscaping and horticulture since 2004. Kane’s role at Lucas has grown substantially over his 6+ years in the company – from Maintenance team leader to Special Projects team leader to his current role as Special Projects Manager. Kane’s position involves end-to-end management of our soft-landscaping projects such as turf and irrigation installations, plant-ups and other landscaping projects at the smaller-end of the scale. Kane’s friendly and outgoing nature has long made him a favourite amongst both colleagues and clients.
When Kane isn’t working he is a keen hiker and mountaineer.