Updated: Aug 10, 2020
As the Mornington Peninsula enters our second COVID-19 lockdown, it is more important than ever that we maintain the sense of connection our local community is famous for! This is where 'Behind the Dreams' comes in. We'll be meeting our vibrant, local building and design industry professionals for 10 fun, quick-fire questions.
Meet Robert Mihailescu, Director of The Cutting Hedge Landscaping and Garden Design, in Frankston South.
Tell us about you! What brought you to the Mornington Peninsula?
Rob: I have lived on the Mornington Peninsula since I was 9 years old and still love the fact that it has untamed beauty. I was a fine dining Chef in my previous life and was always focused on how food was grown therefore soil and plant were in my blood. Basically I wanted a life (not working nights and weekends in a restaurant) so I re-trained myself to become a Horticulturist and Landscape Designer. That was 20 odd years ago.
How do you like to live?
Rob: Simple. With good food and a lovely garden to look at.
What’s the highlight of your working week?
Rob: Being able to exceed my client's expectations.
Describe your business in 20 words 😉, no more!
Rob: Landscaping and garden design, with service that is professional, punctual, efficient, no fluff, just results, on time and on budget
What do you do on a Saturday?
Rob: Split wood for our fireplace and tinker around the garden having a look at each plant closely to see how all the new growth is coming on.
What’s your favourite house or garden trend at the moment?
Rob: Using natural stone for cladding walls and using chunky hardwood beams for natural rustic seating.
Your proudest business moment?
Rob: Being at the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show for the past 3 years, I consider this the pinnacle in the industry as you are judged, crucified and rewarded at the same time by your peers and garden enthusiasts that come to the show.
What do you secretly wish clients knew?
Rob: That it's important to get the right person for the right job, e.g. gardening not being regulated is a little bit like everyone having a cookbook doesn't mean everyone knows how to cook.
If you were a house… which one would you be? And why?
Rob: I would be a coastal bungalow practical and tranquil.
Thank you Rob for sharing a bit about yourself with our Building Dreams community!