Month: November 2013

Sanctuary garden designed by Norma de Langen for Ellerslie Flower Show 2003

Versatile Bamboo

I have long had a love affair with bamboo, especially the running black variety, Phyllostachys nigra. Bamboo is a very versatile plant and has many uses, screening being one that comes readily to mind. Unfortunately, it is very rarely used in gardens as it tends to get “bad press”. After all, who hasn’t seen it […] Read more…

grass portrait by Ackroyd and Harvey

Grass Art

A while ago I chanced upon the living grass portraits and art installations of Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey (Ackroyd & Harvey) who work at the intersection of photography, biology and architecture to create complex and unique photographs using grass grown from seed. Exposing plots of seedling grass to light through a custom-made negative, the […] Read more…

Garden by Bryan McDonald Auckland Garden DesignFest 2013

Garden Roaming at the Auckland Garden Design Fest

On Sunday, a friend and I took the opportunity to take a peek at some private gardens that were part of the second Auckland Garden DesignFest. These gardens are not usually available for viewing by the public, so we must give thanks to the owners for their generosity in making them available. In total, I […] Read more…

brother sister due Broods debut single Bridges

Bridges – debut single by Broods

You saw it here first … I’m picking Kiwi brother-sister duo Broods will be the next big thing! Like Lorde before them, Georgia and Caleb Nott have been working closely with uber-producer, Joel Little, and have recently produced their debut single “Bridges” which you can listen to here. I’m loving Georgia’s voice which Billboard likens […] Read more…

Tea houses, meditation huts …

I have an enduring passion for architecture that blurs the boundary between building and landscape. For me, the best buildings are those that are in harmony with the landscape and enhance, and are enhanced by, their surroundings. Not surprising really, given I spent 6 years studying landscape architecture and garden design. As much as I […] Read more…

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