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Windy, exposed garden in Wellington? – It can be an asset!

People who live in Wellington know that we endure a lot of wind so having a garden that is practical and useable in the wind would be a great garden to have. We have an extremely windy and exposed section. Can you make that work for us?? Of course I can help, for the last 20 years I have lived in Wellington and by the sea! I lived firstly in Eastbourne which was quite sheltered admittedly but I did a lot of beachfront coastal properties in Eastbourne which got gale force winds from the north and the south and of course coastal salt. Then just to really cut my teeth I moved to Makara about 6 years ago and really got taught a thing or two about wind. It’s a pretty mean place in a northerly and we are surrounded by a wind farm. The...
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Choosing A Landscape Architect or Designer

You think you have your garden ideas sorted … ……but you like one style of garden design, your partner likes another! “How do I know you are going to suit my taste and my partner’s taste?” When you are selecting your designer it is helpful if you have seen some evidence that they have designed the sort of project that you have in your mind for your place. Look for evidence in their work – their websites are usually the best place for this. Look through their portfolio on their website – is the sort of work they do or tend to specialise in the type of look you are after? Every designer has different preferences. Some may create mainly casual, informal gardens, some may seem to do a lot of contemporary, clean-lined gardens with minimal planting. If the designer seems to specialise in, say,...
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The next step in your garden design

Constantly peeking over walls at gardens for inspiration?   Scrapbooks over flowing with the pictures and ideas you like and think you have a really good idea of what you want for your garden? What’s the next step? We haven’t used a designer before… what is the process? How do you operate?   Every designer operates in a slightly different way but we all have a basically similar process. The first step obviously is for the designer to come around and have a meeting with you on site. That’s a chance for you to see whether you can develop a rapport with them and whether you like their general approach and ideas. Check out if: - you like their ideas - they seem positive and enthusiastic about your project - they are the sort of person you think you can work with - they are...
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Do you feel like your garden is a bit of a disaster?

It’s just not working for you… and you know it COULD… Your garden is unmanageable, unattractive and you just don’t use it… and you’re wondering – “Where on earth do we start?!”   I’m often asked this by people in this very situation, so I thought I’d put together some useful advice that will help you get started. Write up a design brief: It really helps to start by writing down what you want – it helps to clarify your thoughts and gets you thinking about exactly what your priorities are.  Sit down and have a family discussion. Talk through and make a list of all your practical requirements, personal preferences, likes and dislikes etc. Don’t be afraid to add the “Wish List” items as well!   Compile A Scrapbook: A scrapbook or ideas book is a really good thing to start to help you...
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