Outdoor spaces designed to enrich life at home.

Serendipity Garden Designs specialises in landscape design that enriches your wellbeing and life at home, working with local Australian Native Plant species to create an outdoor space that nurtures you and your surrounding environment.

Landscape design that complements your lifestyle

Serendipity Garden Designs, creates landscapes that are reflective of and sympathetic to your surrounds. By borrowing views, enhancing and encouraging habitat, and understanding how you live and thrive at home, Carmel creates outdoor spaces that are a reflection of who you are, what you stand for and what brings you joy.

Based on the Tweed Coast, Northern Rivers, Serendipity Garden Designs will work collaboratively with you to understand who you are and what you want from your new outdoor space.  The end result, a timeless space that nurtures and enriches you and the surrounding environment.  

Entertainment & relaxation space - Clunes

Modern beachside garden - Tugun

Natural Playspace - Engadine


Creating timeless, considered spaces that evolve with time

Serendipity Garden Designs was established by Carmel Shelley, a qualified Landscape Designer and Horticulturist. Carmel studied and worked on landscape design projects in Sydney, including designing playgrounds with well known Natural Playspace designers. Carmel returned to Northern NSW, where she grew up, with her young family in 2019.

Carmel is passionate about landscape design and creating spaces that nurture and enrich our daily lives. She does this by looking to the natural surroundings and views, understanding the naturally occurring habitat and working closely with her clients to design a landscape that will nurture, enrich and provide for them now and into the future.

Carmel views her craft of design as an opportunity to encourage her clients to consider the never ending opportunities of increased biodiversity within their garden and neighbourhoods.


  • Landscape Designer
  • Horticulturist