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 →

Albany Street Kiora Peace Garden

Last Friday I was waiting for a lift on Albany Street Dunedin and found I was outside the  community garden- built 2017. This was a waste-land lot for many years and yet right opposite University of Otago Library.  It seems to be mainly recycled and upcycled things timber and concrete, there is a basic gravel turf... Continue Reading →

Highway natives – II (grey shrubland)

Returning from a work trip in the Lindis on Saturday, one tiny corner below and much later trundling down Cromwell Gorge the winter forms of the so-called grey-shrubland brought me to a stop. It's good to pause and realise that the grey blur at 100kmh is actually quite a variety, so here we have four... Continue Reading →

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