Retirement Village Gardens

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We are proud to have been associated with the design and planting of Ryman’s 21 Villages throughout New Zealand and their awards winning gardens, from Invercargill to Whangarei. Because of their wide range of climatic variations present throughout the country we are confident that we can create a garden in almost any terrain or area.

We also have experience in a wide range of amenities from; golf courses, tennis courts, bowling greens, pools, indoor plantings and large atriums.

Here are a few examples taken from a variety of villages.

Pottager Gardens

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Raised gardens are a practical option for those who want to save their backs and enjoy the pleasure of growing your own vegetables.

The Amuri or Limestone chip paths frame the raised boxes and provide necessary access to pick those vegetables on a winter’s day or provide access for those tools and wheelbarrow.

Gone are the days of when the vegetable garden was hidden at the back of a site. These gardens can be planned, be practical and a visual asset too. Large herb urns or strawberry planters can be a focal point. Surrounding hedges i.e. feijoas, cranberries, rosemary, lavender and other herbs can also be productive in the own right.

A sustainable garden can be achieved. Glasshouse and compost bins can be included in the scheme. While standard forms e.g. topiary bay trees, box hedges, roses, and herbs can all enhance a formal design if required. Follow the trend and grow your own…

Pathways and Features


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Amuri stone/limechip path is beginning. Treated timber edging is set out according to dimensions. Some digging and energy is required! Stone paths must all be compacted, levelled and prepared in the much same way as other paths. The waterless pond can be seen in the background and so can the neighbour’s house.

Some years later…

The Viburnum box hedges are well grown. The perennials are established. Climbing roses are marching up the pergola. The weeping silver pears set off the entry to the little office courtyard and the reticulating water feature is a focal point at the centre of the vista. The standard Icebergs and lavender herald the way from the opposite aspect past the herb garden outside the kitchen. Summer or winter this area still retains a special image.

No sign of the neighbours now.

Hanmer Springs Holiday Home


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This little Hanmer Garden had no outside living or garden when I was first asked to plan for future enjoyment. It was exposed to the street. The brief was to screen off some of the area, especially outside the bedroom, whilst leaving the wider view open to Conical Hill. Plus the garden had to be easy care and fairly self sustainable, as it was a holiday home and Hanmer has extremes of temperature.

Now the Wisteria/Clematis well covers the small bedroom deck courtyard and trellis provides shelter from the sun and wind, and ‘L’ shaped seating gives a place to sit and enjoy some shade and privacy.

The Silver birches are now well grown, but their open habit and deciduous nature do not screen out valuable winter sun. The open wrought iron fence does not close in the section from view, but now keeps the grandchildren and dog contained.

The back area is not uninteresting too, and can be viewed from the rear window. A large urn flanked by two Weeping Silver Pears just adds to the charm.

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