Hi Randolph,

I want to thank you for the superb work you did at our place at Coopers Shoot.

What started as a scrubby north facing hill at the front of our house, ended with a superb deck, that integrated the house with the rainforest, an extraordinary rock walled pathway from the house to the deck, an extremely formal stone fire pit in the middle off the deck that contrasts with the steel and timber of the deck and new and re-engineered paths and gardens with rock walls all around the house and deck.

This was a large project costing north of $80,000. The initial idea was to simply open the house out more to the property. The house had been surrounded by a rather restricting perimeter of rough plants. The view of the sea and the integration with the rest of the block was severely compromised.

What you have achieved is exactly what we wanted. You did the design work of the walls, paths and gardens and cleverly introduced local basalt, in both large boulder or small river-stone forms. You also did some excellent paving work with Himalayan sandstone. 
The design was clever and perfectly fitting with the environment. The workmanship was also excellent. Your stone masonry skills are strong – the basalt fire-pit is sensational. And your work with large rough stone is superb as well. 
Plant selection was clever and dramatically altered the landscaping around the house. It altered a rough tea-tree type landscaping into a more formal tropical garden. The planting between the house and the deck of smaller, soft, ground covering plants has complemented both the presence of the deck and rock walls.

You also work with a very pleasant and energetic team.  Most importantly, you are extraordinarily trust worthy and you charge very fair rates. I knew what I was spending the entire time. Not one shock.

In short, you have a great eye, you are a good designer and creator and you have exceptional execution skills that enhances the job.

I am happy to confirm these views with any prospective customers if they wish to call me.

Warm regards.


Randolph has been constructing my landscape designs for many years. His skills as a landscaper and eye for detail have left me with many happy clients. Left to carry out his work he is capable of achieving great things in a very creative and professional manner. He is very capable in all aspects of the job, from the sensitive aspects of the planting to the hard stuff like paving. Randolph is honest about his work and will always give good advice. I am happy to recommend him.


Randolph Butler from Sub Tropical Landscapes has been dealing with our business Wards Landscape Supplies for the past five years. His attention to detail is outstanding and he forms a great relationship with his clients, he is very approachable and listens to them, always offering new ideas and smart innovations to suit in with their needs.

Upon delivery of supplies to his many projects, we have had ample opportunities to see the progress and completion stages of his work and it is nothing short of brilliant. Paving, gardens, deck constructions, pool copings, anything to do with your outdoor area, he will transform it into a beautiful masterpiece, always with your best interests in mind.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Randolph for any job, big or small.

Owners of Wards Landscape Supplies

I have used Randolph Butler and his landscaping firm (originally Randy’s Paving & Landscaping and more recently Subtropical Landscapes) for a number of years over various projects ranging from simple paving to intricate, detailed landscaping projects.

He has always shown absolute diligence and care with the projects and the clients. He puts a lot of himself into the work, which ultimately shows up in the high quality achieved. He is passionate about the work and contributes enormously throughout all stages of the projects, including the design and construction phases. He keeps a close eye on the costs whilst maintaining the desired quality, and has a great network of suppliers from general landscaping to plant nursery’s, which help the continuity of the projects.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Randolph Butler and Subtropical Landscapes for all landscaping and/or paving project of any size.


John McKay Architects Byron Bay

After leaving many messages with other recommended landscapers and not one return call, we called Randolph at what was then Randy’s Landscaping and Paving. Randolph called us back within a few hours and was at our place the next day for a consult. This level of service remained as he took what was an overgrown area of rocky bush and transformed it into a beautiful entertaining and leisure area for the whole family to enjoy.

Whilst working from some basic ideas of how it was to look, Randolph added many ideas and worked tirelessly with us to achieve a low maintenance, established and useable area. He displayed a passion for his work even in 30 degree plus days of work to complete the project by Xmas.

Randolph is now a guest at our woodfired pizza gatherings (yes, Randolph built us a spectacular wood fired oven also) and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody seeking excellent craftsmanship, commitment to quality, ideas a plenty and a can do attitude.

Thanks for the great work Randolph.



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