A garden by Wellington landscape designer Jamie Reid offers a strong underlying architectural structure generously planted to reflect the style and individual tastes of each client, their home and the surrounding landscape.

Deconstruction of a 70's garden in Wadestown

This beautifully built 1980's town garden just didn't impress the new owners of this lovely Wadestown villa.  

What was wanted was a more natural, essentially realistic landscape with a harmony of planting that offered a calming, peaceful retreat at the end of the working day, and that's what the client got.

The client wanted somewhere to sit and ponder, or read a book, surrounded by a diverse mix of plants chosen not just for their hardiness (a given here in Wellington) and their ease of maintenance but also for their foliage and scent.  The existing garden was therefore to be demolished and the strict, constructed levels and boundaries removed to allow for a gentler, less ordered approach with large Greywacke weathered rock banks providing the structure between proposed levels, flat gravel areas (stabilised using a PVC matrix) and lots of interesting places for planting.

Indoor/outdoor flow is promoted with an oiled hardwood deck for dining/entertaining continuing out into the garden from the wooden floorboards.  This was planned to be an irregular shape interrupted by large rocks and planting and set off at night with stunning lighting provided by invisible LED tape around the deck perimeter.

This is an ongoing project, but here are the "before" shots.


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We provide dedicated, approachable, relevant knowledge from the start of the consultation process through the construction to completion. Early and frequent discussion on what you wish to accomplish, what the critical issues involved are and what financial or time restraints apply, are important to us to ensure you get the garden you want.