Modest Cabbage Tree

Photos of the two of us having a wander yesterday, and a very cool-looking 'clothed' native cabbage tree, found when exploring alongside Commissioners Track, Roxburgh East in Central Otago. New Zealand. The lower section of the track has extensive blocks where native trees and shrubs have been planted, some parts quite intensively, and others scattered.... Continue Reading →

Information and Inspiration

~are benefits of an excellent Botanic Garden! Whenever we're in Dunedin we stay near the Botanic Garden and spend as much time there as we can. These are four photos I shared on Twitter recently for a Botanic Gardens appreciation theme, showing they're much valued by Nigel for information and inspiration in his work as... Continue Reading →

Marking The Spot

Lockdown in New Zealand isn't nearly as restrictive as it was so Nigel's now free to travel to jobs and visit farms. Yesterday on a lovely autumn afternoon he visited a farm not far from home where he was engaged in project management at short notice as a digger driver was available to do a... Continue Reading →

Plants Really Work

Today I've been helping Nigel put together a blog-post about how plants are really useful for stormwater mitigation in the landscape when they're designed in right from the start of a project. My husband Nigel is a New Zealand landscape architect. A few days ago he'd told me about a person who'd said, “You mean,... Continue Reading →

Plants As Partners

I've been busy doing a blogpost for Nigel's Growplan blog, based on a great poster he's put together to display at Wanaka A&P Show, Fri/Sat 13-14 March 2020, Site W7. I've taken his work and chatted to him about the underlying concepts, written an introduction and added text to tie it all together ... and... Continue Reading →

Just The Right Green

On Sunday Nigel took himself and his green brolly off to Hawthorn Den at Waikaka to attend a fete. Waikaka is not far distant from home, between where we live in Tapanui and Gore. The green brolly is no ordinary umbrella, a lucky find for Nigel a year ago. It's huge and the shade of... Continue Reading →

Wedded Bliss

The . Life Of . The . Wife Of . A . Landscape . Architect Left home to walk up the street and glanced at our "lawn" the Landscape Architect "mowed" couple of days ago -- Land Art. Serpentine .. of course We'll be the talk of the town 🙂 Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

Creativity is Crucial to All Studies

It's Sunday here in New Zealand and this morning I sat down to read a new post from a blog I've only just started following. I really appreciated the discussion and understood the writer's concerns - due to my familiarity with the challenges that Nigel faces as a Landscape Architect. Any photos used below are... Continue Reading →

Walnut and Washing

Soon after moving to a new place, issues tend to arise that require problem-solving. After cleaning up the washing machine that came with the house it's gone well apart from a minor hose leak. With relief I got the first lot of laundry out to the washing line. All good. But there was little sun... Continue Reading →

Colour Ways in Queenstown

It was a joy to reacquaint ourselves with the Queenstown Public Gardens when we were there on 27 October 2018. This long wide path is wonderful to walk along. Nigel was the landscape designer on the Queenstown Gardens upgrade a few years ago and the paths and their alignment were the main focus of this... Continue Reading →

Nigel Making Plans For Spaces

An article newly published in Business South about my husband Nigel’s work as a Landscape Architect and his company Growplan – if you're interested 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... Continue Reading →

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