Solving Stormwater

To many eyes, plants look too simple to do anything but plants can remove most of our stormwater, lower council spending by 20% and store carbon, and everyone gets more real green-space too. But tradition and fear of the unknown mean few are rushing to do this. Also it is SO easy to dismiss planting... Continue Reading →

What goes around comes around

The carbon cycle and the water cycle - some surprises. When rain falls to Earth, some water is absorbed by plants, some is stored in the soil and some runs to the sea. Water then returns to the atmosphere via transpiration from plants and evaporation from surfaces. So far, so normal; this is the soil-plant-atmosphere... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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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