White Columns, White Trunks

Band rotunda with white columns, birch trees with white trunks. Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 01 Dec 2018

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Birches and Band Rotunda

As you walk along the big main path that cuts through Queens Park in Invercargill you come across the band rotunda, a focal point of the Gardens. More recently, birches have been planted here and are notable for their extremely white trunks. Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Liz 01 Dec 2018 Text and photos... 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 →

Fine Pair. Seating area outside Lakes District Museum & Gallery, Arrowtown, New Zealand

Museum Garden, Southland NZ

New Zealand native garden featuring flaxes and grasses in the south coast town of Riverton, between the Museum and the estuary (the flaxes are starting to flower). Southland, New Zealand

Magical Moa

Moa Flat is a picturesque rural farming area in West Otago, between Gore and Central Otago. Sometimes we choose to take this relatively minor route because of its beauty. A local farming couple commissioned an artist to create a moa sculpture for a roadside portion of their property. Its a fantastic icon for Moa Flat.... Continue Reading →

Espaliered tree in spring bloom, apple tree I think. Photo taken from the street. For Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Things People Grow. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. 05 Oct 2018

Colour My Community: Part One

A passionate group of people in South Invercargill have been working hard over the last few years planning, designing, fundraising and project managing a community hub to bring life and vitality to a tired, dreary part of town that I've never previously wanted to stop at or visit. That's changed! On the morning of Saturday... 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 →

All Lined Up: Camellia Hedge. We pass this very tidily clipped low hedge when we walk into town from home. In late autumn it was flowering beautifully when there was little else in bloom. What a stunner!

Screening When Its Sunny

Its autumn in New Zealand and we were treated to a rare show on Tuesday afternoon, rare because we haven't seen much sun in Gore lately. Nigel and I decided to walk into town, our route taking us past a long cypress hedge that's very trim and tidy (it had a serious hedge-trimming a few... Continue Reading →

Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →

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