GardenCADGardenCAD is powerful, easy-to-use, landscape design software for professional landscapers. Imagine being able to quickly produce CAD landscape designs for your clients using Windows or Mac computers. Incorporate photos of your previous design jobs into plans; eliminate scratching out parts of paper drawings and the need to redraw. Consider the possibility of visiting with your client and together altering the concept 'on the fly'. Click the image at left to see examples of GardenCAD drawings.

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   NewA fully functional copy of GardenCAD  is now available for download.  If after testing GardenCAD, you want to convert your demonstration copy to a full application, please visit the 'e-Shop' page to get an activation (license) code. GardenCAD costs $AUD 49.95 - approximately $USD 40.00.

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Some of GardenCAD's many features include a comprehensive library of symbols, great snapping tools, an ability to open several drawings at once, precision control over layers, line types, colors, line widths, layouts (pages), dimensioning and text styles.


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Bushland planting

If your work involves reclaiming and re-vegetating development sites back to something approaching the previous assemblage of species, you will be ware that it is important to recreate the pattern present in the original bushland vegetation. It is often difficult to pick and define the pattern, but if you can, it is useful to provide planting teams with a guide. The figure below shows one such guide that covers an area 10 meters square. A planting team can be tasked with placing the appropriate species according to this guide. 


Managing PDF files

There are times when base information that you wish to work with in a GardenCAD drawing environment comes to you in the form of a PDF file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe and is not a vector based file format like GardenCAD's .Vec or dwg/dxf used by AutoCAD.

You can work with a base map in PDF, but the PDF file first needs to be converted to a format that GardenCAD recognizes. The simplest approach is to convert the PDF file into a jpeg file and use the place Raster image tool and insert into a GardenCAD drawing file.

A Google search reveals many tools. Some are online - you upload the file and nominate a resolution, others are applications that need to be installed.

If you have installed Photoshop or GIMP on your PC, these can also be used to convert a PDF file to JPEG.

The Mac operating system (OS X) can also be used. A tool called Preview (found in your applications folder) can be used to convert PDF to JPEG.

Tip: set the resolution of the output to 72 dpi (or possibly 150 dpi) or the file size will be too large. 

A new GardenCAD tool for creating plant schedules

Excel plant lists to GardenCAD

New version of GardenCAD

April, 2014, GardenCAD 3.5 is ready for download. Improvements have been made to plant labeling and plant schedule generation.

GardenCAD 3.4

February, 2014. GardenCAD 3.4 is ready for download

GardenCAD 3.3

February 2014 - GardenCAD 3.3 - a completely new version of GardenCAD. Features include:


GardenCAD blogs

Its taken a while, but we have completed a new module showing how to use dimensioning in the GardenCAD environment. Visit and check it out. There are now 25 modules available in the online course on GardenCAD.