Crusty Corner has re-opened at last after major renovation. Nigel was there 7.30am for a hot chocolate en route to his nearby landscape project. Lovely spring morning, view toward Dunedin Botanic Garden. Taken by Nigel 28 Sept 2018

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Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about Nigel's work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan - you can read it by clicking on the link below which will open up a PDF of the article. Nigel - happy making plans for spaces | by Richard Loader businesssouth Volume 26 Issue 3, page... Continue Reading →

The Wolf at the end of the Universe

In lowest Princes Street Dunedin lies the Wolf at the Door, a refuge from monoculture, respite from Late-Capitalism and communal hub. Great coffee and the best scrambled eggs in the Universe. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE   This area bounded by Stafford, Jetty and Hope streets and centred on The Wolf is liminal, a... 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 →

Giving Beauty Space and Time. Guest Post by Nigel Cowburn

Guest post that I wrote for the “Where and What is Beauty?” series on Exploring Colour -Nigel

Exploring Colour

Any aesthetic experience which leads to a loss of sense of self, a stepping out of time and just being – this is beauty to me. We speak of being absorbed in an experience and it’s as if our self – right down to the molecules – is blending with what we encounter.

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Beauty is as much about giving ourselves the time and head space to simply ‘be’ as it is about our surroundings being rich enough for our absorption. However our places don’t need to be very complex; a single tree shading an ordinary sidewalk suffices. Only yesterday walking during a hot Nor-Wester (a föhn wind) into the shade of a plane tree, there was a sudden stilling of time within the tree-space; I had to turn around and walk back in again to feel the coming together of filtered green light, soft foliage fragrance…

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Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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