About us

We love what we do, and our passion is evident in the gardens we care for.
Prestigious Gardens was founded in 2014 by Dale Smith as a premier garden care and horticultural service based in Adelaide, South Australia. We specialise in keeping complex, layered gardens with an extensive range of plant care requirements thriving and looking their best. We pride ourselves on being the trusted custodians of some of Adelaide’s top generational gardens. We deliver qualified, professional and prestigious garden care to high-end boutique gardens, including the specialised art of topiary.

Professional philosophy

We are guided at all times by our values and work philosophies:

Sustainable practices and mindful gardening.

  • We care deeply about our environmental footprint. For this reason, all of our tools are battery powered, while all other work is powered by hand.
  • We have a careful approach to integrated pest, disease, and weed management.

Knowledge of and respect for our clients’ gardens.

Each garden is approached as a long-term management partnership and receives the attention to detail it deserves.

A light touch.

We use low noise power and hand tools, discrete agreed site access, and always leave a spotless worksite after our visit.


As a registered member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture (AIH) and the Master Landscapers of South Australia (MLSA), we have a team of highly skilled and qualified Horticulturists.

About Dale Smith

Dale strongly identifies with ‘Ikigai’, a Japanese concept that translates to, ‘a reason for being’, and providing one with direction and purpose in life. He feels fortunate to have found his purpose early, and lives and breathes horticultural care, deriving a great sense of joy from his work.

Dale has had many years of experience in the industry, first honing his skills in the grounds of St Peter’s College, rising to the position of head gardener before founding Prestigious Gardens in 2014.

As Director of Prestigious Gardens and an accredited Horticulturist, Dale makes sure he keeps himself and his team up to date with the latest industry knowledge and developments.