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Top-Shelf Country Living

Objects Ltd director Nic Curragh takes us through the brief, concept and best features of his award-winning design in Cust. Words: Victoria Tait, Photography: Sarah Rowlands What was the brief for this design? The site for this project is very exposed given its open rural setting. So, the brief was quite rigid in its requirement […]

Joining Forces

Love your Lawn

Landscape architect Craig Wilson looks at the options and benefits of artificial lawns. Landscaping projects can generally be broken down into two distinct components: the ‘hardscape’ and the ‘softscape’. A key element of the ‘softscape’ in Canterbury residential gardens is the humble lawn. Our childhood memories of backyard cricket, making daisy chains and backyard summer […]

The Art of a Garden

Planting a new garden this spring

Landscape architect Craig Wilson explores the native vs. exotic planting debate. There’s an interesting current debate being played out in the media, exploring the merits of exotic versus native plantings. It’s a multi-faceted, ongoing discussion with political, ecological and historical undertones. Putting aside the ideology and looking from a garden design perspective, it’s still an […]

Autumn gardening tips