Friday, 28 May 2010

Affordable Outdoor Fabrics

Here is a preview of just some of the yummy outdoor fabrics that are available from Femme de Brocante in Rangiora. They have just updated their Outdoor range. I have recently bought some outdoor fabric from these girls to do up an old outdoor chair. A great way to add some colour and style to a garden setting!

Easy- Veg

It is fantastic now to see there are many choices available for growing your own healthy vegetables from home. I know I have already posted on some other companies that provide a similar product but choice is always good and these guys have a fantastic website! Now is a great time to think about setting up a vegetable garden to allow the soil to settle in time from spring planting!

Retiring in style!

Now those T.V programmes that show landscape makeovers in what appears to be a day, really frustrate me, as they show a false idea of how long it really takes to implement a job properly. I have just been to visit the landscape team from Ecco Landscapes on site at the Aspiring Lifestyle Retirement Village here in Wanaka. It is deadline day for the completion of landscaping of the first four units and I have to say it is looking fantastic. Seeing the transformation over the past few days from dust to mud to ready lawn, I have to keep reminding myself that the team have been working away at this since January of this year. Further landscaping of the other nine units in stage one will follow but it is very rewarding to see some coming to fruition and to give everyone a sense of what a fantastic village this is going to be! I think I am almost ready to retire!..............

Off the Radar!

My apologies on the lack of posts over the past few weeks. I'm now back on board with some exciting updates of projects we have been working on and some exciting new products to file. Watch this space................

Thursday, 4 March 2010

A World of Wonderful Treasures

New to our streets is Kate Findlay's quaint little shop found behind the little courtyard on Helwick Street in Wanaka. As an interior designer, Kate has recently branched out to offer selected individual pieces for both indoors and out. The selection has a somewhat worldly theme to it and what I like about it is that many of the pieces are true antiques you will be lucky to find anywhere else. Here is a peep look a some of the things she has to offer. It is fantastic to see interesting pieces available for use outdoors, including pots, Indian dye pots, sculpture and old antique balistrades.... Well worth a visit! You can contact Kate on 03 443 4057 or email

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Chemical Free Pools

A client of mine a while back questioned me as to a natural pool system that relies on aquatic plants to help with the filtration of the water without chemicals being required and I have to admit I have never heard of it. I have now discovered that someone in little old NZ has introduced this concept which is very exciting!

The Natural Pool offers clean, chemical free swimming by combining a swimming area and a shallow planted water region - an area given over to aquatic plants which not only oxygenate the water but along with micro-organisms, act as living filters and organic cleansers, naturally and continually filtering the water through their root system.

These 2 areas are separated by a submerged barrier wall but the water still flows between the 2 regions. There is no need for chlorine or any harsh chemicals only the addition of a filter and circulation pump system.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Ecological Outdoor Furniture

 I've just taken this information direct from Rebecca's Art and Design Blog as it says pretty much what we need to know!
"This is a design that we have been working on and off for the last three months. We wanted to do an outdoor table, purely because we like this timber called Vitex. Vitex is directly marketed against other hardwood timbers such as Kwila as is comes from a sustainable source. 
I like it as it ages gracefully in the elements and ends up a beautiful silver tone and refrains from giving you splinters. The design itself uses stainless steel hinges allowing the pieces to be folded down compacted for storage. The Vitex dose have a wonderful hard quality to it and has a life expectancy of approximately 40 years, mainly used in decking we look forward to using this ecological product more and more."

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Rain Water Harvesting


This website is worth a look if you are considering harvesting rainwater for irrigation or household use. The systems provide safe solutions for the collection, storage and distribution of rain water.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

We've Updated Our Profile Page!

I've just finished updating the photos on the profile page of our website. This gives you a glimpse in to our studio- such a great place to work from!

Rambling Shade

We often get some fantastic comments from clients that see this photo in our photobooks so I thought I would share it! The simple idea of a black steel free standing pergola with a white wisteria providing the shade works really well in the fact that there is shade in summer but sun in winter when the wisteria has lost its leaves. The boldness of the pergola means that when it is not covered in leaves it still looks just as effective. Pergolas are also a great way to frame vistas in the garden.

Modular Outdoor Kitchens

I've just received some information on modular outdoor kitchens available in New Zealand, which looks very exciting! The EZI-scape modular system comes with 4 basic units, a BBQ module a sink unit module, a plain bench and a bench extension. Doors are in either stainless steel or cedar louvre and custom tiles are also an option. These modules look to provide a fantastic easy and workable option for creating that outdoor kitchen. I can't wait until I can find a client keen to give them a try.... Will keep you posted!

Monday, 1 February 2010

Blog to Watch

A group of four Lincoln University students have taken on the huge mission of creating an installation at the up and coming Ellerslie Flower Show. The blog is in its very early stages but should be an interesting one to keep an eye on. Good luck to the Four Play team!

Friday, 29 January 2010

Plant Profile: Lomandra longifolia 'Tanika'

A great tough plant that is almost indestructible, Lomanda 'Tanika' is easy care and very drought tolerant. It is great used on mass and needs very little maintenance other than the odd haircut. It gets to about 600x650mm high.

COD Delights

The old classic the Cape Cod chair is a great way to add colour and impact to your outdoor area. The chairs  by COD: Classic Outdoor Designs (made in Wanaka) are available in any colour on the Resene colour palette. These chairs were recently featured on the front cover of  Resene's Habitat magazine.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Update for Tiritiri Lodge

I have spent some of the morning taking some shots of the wonderful Tiritiri Lodge. Seeing your work come to fruition is a hugely satisfying part of begin a Landscape Architect. It does make such a difference to have a client who is a true gardener and credit must be given to Stephanie and Denis as they have taken what I created for them and continued to let it develop and evolve. Here is a sneek preview of the updated photographs before I update them to my website portfolio!
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