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May 3, 2017

The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show stands out as the ‘must see’ southern hemisphere landscape event, and over the years famous Australian designers have ‘wowed’ the crowds with cutting edge, high budget, show-stopping displays.

The recent 2017 show was...

February 10, 2017

Over summer you may have visited a friends house and admired the landscape design of their property.  Chances are that a large part of what you were appreciating was a well-conceived and put together garden design.  Garden design is at its simplest a planting plan of t...

April 4, 2016

As the weather gives way to a cooler autumn pattern, its considered a good time to establish new planting in your garden.  The air is cooler, there’s normally a bit more moisture around and the soil temperatures are still warm enough to promote some good growth before...

March 14, 2016

An often overlooked element of landscape site design is the driveway area and yet its typically the first impression and experience visitors will have of your property.  With a couple of key considerations you can transform a driveway space from purely functional to an...

January 13, 2016

Of the many elements in residential design landscape, a swimming pool can be a key in creating a space with genuine ‘wow’ factor.   The sound of water gently lapping and light rippling around the pool can be a pleasing sensory experience for your family and friends to...

December 7, 2015

As we move into summer months, its typical for Cantabrians to migrate outdoors to enjoy the warmer weather.   Its hard to beat the relaxed atmosphere of dining outside, kids playing in the backyard and a spot of leisurely gardening after the lawns have been freshly mow...

November 3, 2015

In recent months we have been hearing of an ‘El Nino’ weather pattern which can bring dry weather to Canterbury.  It’s a good time to consider how this impacts on our gardens and particularly on plant selection for garden design in Canterbury.

For some years now an emer...

October 31, 2015

If a property is visible from the street most homeowners will want to create a frontage that has ‘street appeal’.  What surprises me, is that while trying to create this, many Christchurch homeowners opt to build a ‘six foot’ high timber or concrete block fence right a...

October 13, 2015

As property values have increased over the years, a natural consequence has been the reduction in size of the average plot of land.  This has been well suited to those who have less time to dedicate to garden maintenance.   It’s common for design clients with a small s...

August 3, 2015

Of all the elements available in the landscape designers toolkit, an open expanse of lawn can have the biggest impact on a property.   A well designed lawn area will make your space ‘read’ and ‘feel’ bigger than an area closed in with trees and shrubs.  It’s also hard...

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