Now and Zen wins top award


Now and Zen Landscapes has cemented its place at the leading edge of landscape design after winning two gold awards at the industry's most prestigious awards earlier this month [Nov 8].

Winning high-end landscape designs: Shannon Decker (holding award) from Now and Zen landscapes with staff.

Winning high-end landscape designs: Shannon Decker (holding award) from Now and Zen landscapes with staff.

All NSW and ACT Landscape Industry Awards were for work completed in the Blue Mountains by a completely local team.

Headed by master landscaper Shannon Decker, the company took out best in category and gold for Residential Construction $100,000 to $150,000 for work on a property in Leura, and bronze awards in the residential construction section ($100,000 to $150,000 category) for projects at Leura and Wentworth Falls and $150,000 to $300,000 for a Glenbrook property.

"It's nice to swap our cargo pants for a bag of fruit now and then and celebrate the collective achievements of our industry,'' Mr Decker said.

"It's such an exciting time for landscaping, with new technology and products coming out all the time and property owners who embrace sustainability, water-saving designs and drought resistant gardens yet without compromise on beauty.'"

Now and Zen has operated in the Blue Mountains, Nepean valley and Central West for 20 years. They have premises in Lawson with a showroom in Bullaburra opening in the new year.

Mr Decker is a local industry authority, running the NSW and broad horticultural training program working with employers for Australia's oldest recognised training organisations, The Management Edge (TME). He was recently invited to sit with the board of directors of The Landscape Association.