Innovating Streets

The NZ Government via NZTA has more than NZD 7 million available to councils of all sizes "for projects using 'tactical urbanism' techniques such as pilots, pop-ups and interim treatments that make it safer and/or easier for people to move around or access community spaces". It's about creating more people-friendly spaces in our towns and... Continue Reading →

Moving On

Nigel's busy with landscape design jobs today:   I interrupted briefly to get a photo, then ...   he's back to work. Nigel Cowburn is a Landscape Architect working in Southland, Otago, Canterbury, and further afield too. Some jobs happen without a site visit - don't hesitate to contact Nigel about your landscape design needs.... Continue Reading →

Growplan, Going Strong

Landscape architect Nigel Cowburn's still hard at work. He's spending his time at home due to the New Zealand Covid-19 lockdown but this in itself is nothing new - his office was already at home. The difference is that he isn't driving out to sites looking at jobs. Don't hesitate to call or email Nigel... Continue Reading →

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 →

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