Recent Projects

A coastal grassy hillside in Taylors Mistake Canterbury

A WILD HILLSIDE

A WILD HILLSIDE in Taylors Mistake Road. The garden of Mark, Lotus and Coco. We begun this 4 years ago in the winter of 2016. A meeting with Lotus and Mark walking around the grassy slopes, with remnants of some random cultivation, wild and elemental, exposed to the expanse of the roaring sea, the tussocky hills of Banks Peninsula, the vista of Kaikoura mountain peaks.

 

This land had been three sections that had now joined together. There was a small patch of forest and a grove of flax. The land was overlooked by neighbours and some issues with where the boundary was. Taylors Mistake tradition .. find your way to the beach by the shortest route often meant navigating through other people's land.

 

Four years later, there are meandering pathways with textures of shell, pebble and waitaha shist stepping stones, giant raised beds constructed from macracarpa for growing seasonal vegetables, a citrus grove and orchards of fruit trees, drifts of mixed planting edible, flowering, medicinal, bee pollinators and companion plants, compost mounds and a watering system.

 

The scale of this garden with its background of huge open spaces of sea and sky was integrated by the essence of bold and strong structure in the overall design visioning. This garden as like all gardens is an evolving experience.

zen garden with buddah and wild flowers

EDWARDS ZEN GARDEN

This project began in 2017 there was a small grass lawn, an existing mature Hoheria tree and some neighbouring Olives protuding over the fenceline.

 

Edward is a Zen Practitioner and had journeyed in Japan and was captivated by the qualities of the Zen Garden. It was a good match for me as I use Zen Principals in my Design process.

 

This courtyard is small scale and compact, yet still a sense of a journey being made from the lower doors in the apartment across the rustic bridge and stepping on the flow of the large stones through the bamboo grove.

 

Under the curved rust archway you open the traditional hardwood door into the food garden where there is an altar for morning ritual, and what looks like kimono chest is actually a home for the wheely bins!! At night candles are lit tempered with ceremonial tea and a gentle pace.

 

This Zen Garden was a delight to create because on the first day of beginning Edward said "Let's Enjoy This" and all the people that came to assist did enjoy being involved in the creation, tempered with tea ceremony and a gentle pace, the sound of the sea, and the resident cheeky blackbirds.

 

zen garden with buddah and wild flowers

EDWARDS ZEN GARDEN

This project began in 2017 there was a small grass lawn, an existing mature Hoheria tree and some neighbouring Olives protuding over the fenceline.

 

Edward is a Zen Practitioner and had journeyed in Japan and was captivated by the qualities of the Zen Garden. It was a good match for me as I use Zen Principals in my Design process.

 

This courtyard is small scale and compact, yet still a sense of a journey being made from the lower doors in the apartment across the rustic bridge and stepping on the flow of the large stones through the bamboo grove.

 

Under the curved rust archway you open the traditional hardwood door into the food garden where there is an altar for morning ritual, and what looks like kimono chest is actually a home for the wheely bins!! At night candles are lit tempered with ceremonial tea and a gentle pace.

 

This Zen Garden was a delight to create because on the first day of beginning Edward said "Let's Enjoy This" and all the people that came to assist did enjoy being involved in the creation, tempered with tea ceremony and a gentle pace, the sound of the sea, and the resident cheeky blackbirds.

 

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