About Us

As the name suggests our company’s origins began in Australia. Mike Makens (owner) completed his University studies at the University of Adelaide, South Australia graduating with a degree in Australian Physical Geography. The core focus of the program centered on the study and evolution of native ecosystems with particular emphasis on the specific floral, soil and geomorphological aspects comprising these ecosystems. During this time Mr. Makens travelled extensively throughout the outback of South Australia, portions of New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia. The combination of his studies and travels provided Mr.Makens the basis for starting a landscape business that focused on Native Australian landscapes.

In 1993 Walkabout Landscape established a Texas homestead in the DFW metroplex. Applying the same design techniques and practical experience garnered in Australia, Mr. Makens has adapted this to  work with our diverse Texas landscapes. The primary focus is to employ a natural based approach utilizing native plants in creating low maintenance and drought-tolerant landscapes.

Mr. Makens has also utilized his language skills in travelling and studying landscape design in many parts of China, Japan, S.E. Asia, Latin America and portions of Europe. He resides in North Texas with his wife and young daughter.