Another day in my office

Southern sunshine in Southland on Wednesday. Driving through dense morning fog these sunflowers jumped out at me. I didn't think the fog would lift but it did a couple of hours later ... here's the result, a fine view from the property I was visiting at Otama. Photos taken by Nigel; Growplan (2020)

Peaks At The Wanaka Show

Amazing weather for the Wanaka A&P Show 2020 and interesting potential work opportunities for Nigel from meeting visitors at the Growplan exhibitor site. Wanaka town is right by Lake Wanaka - beautiful location. The show was 13-14 March. Queenstown Lakes District, New Zealand Click on any photo to enlarge Saturday afternoon was bright and sunny,... Continue Reading →

Plants As Partners

Conventional stormwater capacity is under pressure from intensive residential, commercial and industrial development. Most surfaces that aren't built on are paved producing large volumes of runoff in downpours. Extreme weather events overwhelm over-burdened systems culminating in catastrophic flooding. Councils and developers in New Zealand by-and-large still take the traditional engineered approach to stormwater design, having... Continue Reading →

Growplan Green

On Sunday 01 March Nigel had a stall at the Hawthorn Den fete at Waikaka in Southland. He went along to meet people and share the range of landscape design services he offers as a Landscape Architect. The weather was fine and the big Growplan-green umbrella provided welcome shade. Click on photo to enlarge. Nigel... Continue Reading →

Six on Saturday – NZ bedding

Dunedin Botanic Garden  has just updated a bed in one of their NZ native plant areas. Walking by quickly one could think "another bedding display" ... bedding display!? ... with NZ natives? I walk through this garden monthly and was surprised and happy to see this new direction - NZ is a bit shy when... Continue Reading →

Out of the box

I saw this subtly subversive work at Susan Rushton's blog and felt drawn to writing about reading its form.  Anatomy of Colour  by Sarah Emily Porter was selected for the 2019 UK National Sculpture Prize and was installed at Broomhill Art, Devon By subversive I mean how we see normally hidden building structure featuring in... Continue Reading →

Trees in Landscape

This post is all about trees in the landscape. It includes a variety of trees that Nigel's photographed in the UK and New Zealand. I've put it together in response to Leya's  Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #50 - Trees  with a focus on landscape because Nigel is a NZ-based landscape architect. --Ms. Liz, Exploring Colour All... Continue Reading →

Viburnum davidii – winter colour

Viburnum davidii¹ are one of my favourite exotic shrubs, I've always loved their deeply grooved, hard leaves and their blue winter fruits. They make a great low windbreak to about 1.5 metres and are simply an all-round pleasing and reliable shrub in most conditions down to about -10°C - zone 7\8. You need to ensure... Continue Reading →

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