Anthony Wyer had been working as a structural landscaper when he came into contact with William Dangar, one of Australia's leading designers for all things outdoors. (You can read a DI interview with Will here.) The meeting, and years under Will's tutelage set Anthony on a path to create AWLD in 2002. Since then he has designed gardens in Australia and Asia. Anthony is a horticulturalist and licensed structural landscaper, and a member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers & Managers and the Australian Institute of Horticulture. Also, his home has been featured inside and on the (April 2011) cover of Australian House & Garden magazine. I recently interviewed him for another place that he designed, in Sydney's Paddington, for real living.
Which five words best describe you? Engaging, friendly, fun, creative and driven.
How did you get your career start and what path have you taken since? I became inspired while working with former employer and now close friend William Dangar. He opened up a world of creativity and design. My business was closely affiliated with William for many years but has recently drifted along it own path as AWLD became it own identity within the landscape design world.
What’s the best lesson you’ve learnt along the way? Creativity, attention to detail and honesty; I have always believed that one should strive to evolve design and from a business perspective it should be conducted honestly.
What’s your proudest career achievement? I am particularly proud of the gardens that the AWLD team produces, but on a personal level I am honoured to be an ambassador for National Plant A Tree Day.
What’s been your best decision? Without a doubt, marrying my wife and having a family.
Who inspires you? Travel gives me so much inspiration, whenever I return from an interesting trip I am always full of new and creative ideas.
What are you passionate about? My work; I love turning an area into an aesthetically beautiful and useable space, it is so rewarding. I am also passionate about keeping fit and healthy: I am up a 5am every morning cycling, swimming and in the gym.
Which person, living or dead, would you most like to meet? Richard Branson – I admire his positive outlook on life and business.
What dream do you still want to fulfil? I would like to sail in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. There is a certain fear and endurance to the race that would be hugely satisfying.
What are you reading? Paths to Glory by Jeffrey Archer, which I am thoroughly enjoying.
images courtesy of anthony wyer