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 →

Plants Really Work

"You mean, plants are useful in stormwater systems?" Many decision-makers don't see plants as useful in stormwater systems. Sadly this leads to downplaying plants' role in stormwater mitigation and choosing a pipe instead. By treating water as a resource and designing water into the landscape from the start, all piped networks can be avoided and... 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)

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 →

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 →

Naturally Designed by Nigel [Reblog]

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

Waxing Wisterical

I keep driving past this old ruined farmhouse near Milton in South Otago, New Zealand.  Early this month I was able to stop and take a look. With the wisteria in bloom, it really does draw one in to an earlier time. The people are gone The plant is still there The plant is the... Continue Reading →

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