Monday, September 26, 2011

NATIVE BY DESIGN - landscape design with New Zealand plants

In this lavishly illustrated and fascinating book, 20 of New Zealand’s top landscape architects and designers offer their wisdom and advice on the subject of landscaping with native plants. These personal narratives showcase some of our country’s most beautiful outdoor environments, from private gardens to public recreation land, urban and industrial spaces, and even farmland. 

The same team – editors Ian Spellerberg and Michele Frey, and photographer John Maillard – were behind the 2008 publication
Living with Natives: New Zealanders talk about their love of native plants.

Once again, John’s stunning photographs capture the uniqueness and splendour of each location, from Kaeo in the Far North to Queenstown in the south.
Contributors include Dennis Scott, Alan Titchener, Xanthe White and many other landscape architects and garden designers whose creative lives are spent transforming featureless blocks of land into welcoming spaces that beautifully evoke the special character of New Zealand.

In this book they communicate their vision and passion, their experiences – good and bad, and the things they learned the hard way. Let their experience help guide you in creating a native outdoor haven in your own back yard.

Some pictures from the book:

Pictures top to bottom:
Top two - Queenstown Airport - Philip Blakely
Third & fourth - Hooton Reserve, North Shore, Auckland - Matthew Bradbury & Margaret McKegg
Bottom - Oropi Downs, Tauranga - Richard Hart

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